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All Red Line Stations Now Open

The line is operating at all stations from Glenmont to Shady Grove. Trains are scheduled to run every 12 minutes.

That means Red Line service is pretty much back to normal for the first time since Monday's train wreck between Takoma and Fort Totten, but the safety restrictions imposed since then remain in effect.

The speed limit for trains along the Red Line is 35 mph. They move even more slowly through the zone where the crash occurred. Trains throughout the rail system are under the control of the operators rather than the automatic train control system, and that can make service slower than normal.

Also, the trains continue to pull up to the front of the platform, no matter how long the trains are. Passengers should be aware of that when deciding where to stand and wait on the platforms.

Meanwhile, weekend track maintenance is slowing trains on serveral lines.

Blue and Orange: Riders between Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory should add at least a half hour to their regular travel times from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Green Line: Riders between the Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza should add half an hour to normal travel times until 11:59 tonight (Saturday). Riders Prince George's Plaza and College Park also should add half an hour from midnight tonight (Saturday) to 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 27, 2009; 8:33 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail delays, Red Line crash  
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Is it still single-track between Takoma and Ft Totten?

Posted by: christhedunn | June 27, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Sad that it took this crash for WMATA to finally also address the "not pulling 8-car trains fully into the station before opening the doors" problem.

Makes you wonder what other safety issues were back-burnered and slow-rolled before the crash ...

Posted by: DupontJay | June 27, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: No more single-tracking, no more shuttle buses.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | June 27, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I've always wondered why six-car trains vary where they stop on the platform. Some stop short of the platform's end while some go all the way to the edge. It's obvious when considering eight-car trains, but what's the reasoning for the variation in six-car trains? And why will it be that trains operated manually pull up all the way to the end? Just curious.

On another note, I'm shocked that red line service is resuming so quickly! I imagined it being disrupted for at least another several days.

Posted by: ermiwe | June 27, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: ermiwe, some of the eight-car operators were forgetting they had eight cars behind them and were stopping at the six car marker. So the doors on the rear car would open in the tunnel.

The Red Line tracks are fine. They were checked by the NTSB and Metro.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | June 27, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Are you sure about the 35 mph speed limit still being in effect? Thursday and Friday evenings (both times around 7:30pm) the trains I was in sounded/felt like they were back to higher speeds once we got past Friendship Heights, headed up to Shady Grove (and the time between stations was close to normal). Is it possible operators have gotten permission to increase speeds on certain segments when trains are infrequent enough to keep them far apart?

Posted by: grosver | June 27, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

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