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Metro Alert: Red Line Riders Face Major Delays

Red Line riders can expect delays of up to 30 minutes throughout the evening because of a cracked rail that was discovered on an outbound track just outside the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metrorail station, officials said. Trains are sharing one track between Woodley Park and Van Ness-UDC Metrorail stations with delays in both directions. The cracked rail was discovered just after 4 p.m.

Contrary to earlier information, Metro officials said a train operator traveled over the cracked rail and reported a problem. Metro's operations control center sent another train operator to inspect the track and discovered the crack. Track repair crews are on the scene working to fix the problem.

Metro riders can use the L2 Metrobus which travels along Connecticut Avenue as an alternative. However, Metro is telling riders that a Metro train can carry about 1,000 passengers compared to a Metrobus which can carry only about 50.

-- Lena Sun

By Mike McPhate  |  January 9, 2009; 5:32 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Metro  
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I got on the Red line at Union Station at about 4 pm, just after they discovered the problem. What a comedy of errors. The train operator kept on changing what the problem was, including announcing something called "a lack of correspondence" in a switch. Nobody had a clue what he was talking about.

I can't even imagine what would occur if something like this happens on 1/20.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 9, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, but haven't you heard?

We NoVa residents are merely being "whiny", because they shut down our interstates inside the Beltway. Metro will be able to carry us commuters and inauguration attendees alike!


I'm thinking at this point hiring a cab or town car will be the only way to go.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 9, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone tell us what the massive investigation/fire/police activity was at 18th & L streets tonight? It took me an hour to get from the Whitehurst Freeway to Dupont Circle. I don't remember seeing it that bad (H & L streets were both out of service to go eastbound) in a long time...

Posted by: vtavgjoe | January 9, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

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