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Red Line Rail Repaired; Delays Ease

The cracked rail near Takoma Station has been repaired and Red Line riders should find service back to normal now, the transit authority says.

During this morning's repairs, trains in both directions had to share a single track between Fort Totten and Silver Spring, resulting in delays.

The rail problem was discovered at 6:20 a.m., and track workers went to the scene immediately to make the fix.

The Red Line is the most heavily used in the Metrorail system.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 2, 2008; 8:10 AM ET
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When something like this happens, aren't there ways to keep trains moving w/out impacting the entire line?

In this case for example, it would seem reasonable to turn Red Line trains around at Ft. Totten and Takoma (minimizing delays to the bulk of the Red Line), and run a train or two as shuttles between stations in the single track area.

I admit it would be inconvenient for riders destined for, or coming from Takoma through Wheaton, but they would experience delays anyway.

I can't imagine what the crowds were like at Union Station as commuter train passengers crowded the platform waiting for downtown-bound Red Line trains.

Posted by: Bill | July 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

They turned trains before Fort Totten, so it couldn't have been its usual delay-induced crowds.

Posted by: Tim | July 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"In this case for example, it would seem reasonable to turn Red Line trains around at Ft. Totten and Takoma (minimizing delays to the bulk of the Red Line), and run a train or two as shuttles between stations in the single track area."


I think this idea would inconvience more people than you think. There are a huge number of people that board the trains at glenmont, wheaton, and silver spring, and then ride all the way into the city. Everytime a station has closed and a shuttle bridge has to be set up, there have been huge issues. (Too many people for the buses, not enough communication of where buses are, etc.) Single tracking through the area is still faster and the more appropriate decision.

I do agree that some of the trains should have been terminating at fort totten and turning around there (instead of the usual terminating at silver spring and turning around, but no idea if this happened or not).

Posted by: Laura | July 2, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

In addition to what others have said, I also think emptying trains and turning them around probably isn't as quick and easy as it sounds.

Fun consequence of living near the metro: I live right by the Takoma metro station, and when I heard on the radio that there were delays, and went and looked out the window - and indeed, there were guys in neon vests walking around poking at things. Cool.

Posted by: hh | July 2, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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