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Red Line Rail Repair Eases Delays

3:19 p.m. Update: Metro says that the cracked rail has been repaired and service restored on the Red Line tracks near Takoma Station.

The transit authority said it found the cracked rail after the morning rush. Track repairs slowed midday travel on the Red Line. Riders were advised to expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

Trains shared a single track between the Fort Totten and Silver Spring. Every other train on the Glenmont-bound side terminated at Brookland and headed back toward Shady Grove. Metro does this to keep up service on the most crowded part of the line.

This has been a difficult week for rail riders. Check Lena Sun's story in today's Post for a review of the problems on Metrorail, VRE and MARC. And see my previous posting about Metro's communications issues.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 23, 2008; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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From Lena's article, it seems that the only thing that Metro is great about communicating that they will communicate better.

Posted by: Arlington, VA | July 23, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Sigh. It's weeks like this when I realize that I'm happier paying through the nose for gas than trying to deal with Metro's many problems.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | July 23, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Metro: Reliable only when you can be at your destination +/- 4 hours from when you expect to arrive.

Good luck relying on Metro to get you to Dulles on time for your flight! Better leave at 5am for that 3pm departure.

Posted by: BOHICA! | July 23, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

5am of what day?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

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