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Wind Disrupts Rail Service, Knocks Out Traffic Lights

Update, 4:45 p.m.: From the Associated Press: The Maryland Transit Administration says fallen trees near Towson are blocking light rail trains, while a tree tangled in overhead lines forced MARC passengers near the Baltimore area to change trains.

The agency says there is no light rail service between the Lutherville and Falls Road stops because of fallen trees on Ruxton Road. Shuttle bus service is being provided.

MARC train 423 ended service at BWI Airport after a tree fell on overhead lines and signals stopped working, causing a delay of more than an hour. Passengers were transferred to the 427 train.

Update, 4:30 p.m.: Wind restrictions are in effect on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The wind speeds are in the 40 to 49 mph range, so house trailers, empty box trailers and other vehicles subject to strong winds are prohibited from crossing.

Update, 3:20 p.m.: The windy weather has downed power lines in several areas of Loudoun County, closing at least one area of Route 50 and affecting traffic flow in other parts of the county. The full story.

High winds have disrupted traffic signals. (James A. Parcell - Washington Post)

Update, 12:00 p.m.: The Seven Corners traffic lights are working again, officials said. "Numerous" other lights, however, remain dark across the county.

Original post: Fairfax County says the high winds have knocked out traffic lights in all directions at Seven Corners. Many locals appear none too happy about the gusty weather.

Capital Weather Gang | Full Report | Locals React to Wind | Wind Map

By Mike McPhate  |  December 31, 2008; 10:58 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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What a great way to end my last day in the Commonwealth! Heck of a job VDOT, with that "interchange" design. Good luck with your layoffs, and here's your award for being the most incompetent Virginia government agency I've ever had the misfortune to deal with.

Posted by: nocando | December 31, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Oh, it can't be that bad. I'm sure the savvy drivers of VA will know to just treat it as they would a normal 7-way stop-sign intersection.

Posted by: tab5g | December 31, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

At Georgia Ave on the DC/Maryland border, north-south lights are flashing red and east-west lights are solid red. Nobody knows what's going on. Avoid that intersection.

Posted by: random-adam | December 31, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Motorists in D.C. are being robbed by photo radar. Please visit to share your opinions on this subject.

It is starting to have a major presence felt in Arizona. The people and the new Sheriff in Pinal County(bordering Phoenix) have spoken and they want photo radar gone.

Posted by: rosstrumble | January 5, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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