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Red Line Delays Through Weekend

The rain may not be the only thing discouraging people from traveling to the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend. Although Metro has no scheduled track maintenance this weekend, it does have track repairs to perform following the derailment of two trains near Bethesda on Friday afternoon.

So trains on that line will continue to share a single track between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center to get around the problem area, and that will cause delays through the weekend. Metro says service should be back to normal by the time the rail system opens on Monday morning. See Lena H. Sun's story on the derailments from today's Post.

The Red Line is the most heavily used in the rail system, but it's the Blue and Orange lines that pass closest to the Tidal Basin and the Mall, where the blossom festival is centered. The transfer point from the Red to the Blue and Orange is at Metro Center. See the system map at this link.

Metro said its preliminary investigation indicates the two derailments were caused by a broken piece of rail. The rail will be sent to a lab for analysis. Meanwhile, Metro workers will spend the weekend repairing dozens of feet of damaged rail, the transit authority said.

There were about 84 passengers on the first train involved, and none on the second. No injuries were reported.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 28, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , transit  
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