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Commuter Alert: Earlier delays on Blue/Yellow Lines Cleared

The communications problems that were causing delays on Metro's Yellow and Blue lines have been fixed. Here's the earlier report:

The delays that plagued Blue and Yellow Metro line riders in Virginia yesterday continue today. Metro officials reported this morning delays of 20 to 30 minutes on commutes between the Braddock Road station and National Airport because of problems with a communications line that sends signals between train, track and Operations Control Center. Trains are forced to use a single track in that area.
Metro officials said the delays will last through the morning. Here's a description of the problem posted yesterday:
It's bad enough that Metro says some of you might be better off taking the bus today. The trains have slowed significantly around the Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road stations on the Blue and Yellow lines. It's a problem with train communication lines that Metro says could continue all day.
Trips from downtown Washington to Franconia-Springfield and Huntington could take 20 to 30 minutes longer than usual, by Metro's estimate. Besides that, there could be a carryover effect from the slowdown back to stations shared by the Orange and Blue lines, though the slowdown there would not be as severe.
Because of the problem with the communications link, which sends signals between train, track and Operations Control Center, the trains in the zone are being controlled by the train operators rather than the automated system. The trains are going at 15 to 20 mph for safety, rather than the usual 45 to 48 mph in that section.
Metro says its people discovered the problem when the system opened this morning. but you may not see normal service in that area till first thing tomorrow morning.
Thinking about the bus? Here's a link to the bus timetables. Or you might try Metro's Trip Planner calculator to help you plot a route that involves a bus.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 18, 2009; 7:17 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Blue, Dr. Gridlock, Franconia-Springfield, Metro delays, Orange, Reagan National Airport, Yellow  
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For those going into Old Town Alexandria or down the GW Parkway, I suggest the 11Y.

Posted by: hereandnow1 | June 17, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

My Yellow Line train operator this morning helpfully described it as a "wayside problem." Then we sat for about fifteen minutes, and put-put-putted slowly on up to Washington.

Posted by: ChrisCombs | June 17, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Shockingly, there's nothing on WMATA's web site about this problem.

Posted by: KennyBrockelstein | June 17, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Keep up that fine work, Metro. You're reputation really can't sink any lower.

Posted by: | June 17, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

This year, Metro is 24 for 24 with me at screwing me whenever I deeply need Metro to, just once, be running smoothly. It is truly uncanny. 2 hours to get to the ball game? Metro will be purring like a kitten. Getting up at 6:00 am in order to make a 7:30 am meeting (including a 1-hour built in "Metro snafu" cushion!) Boned.

My favorite was probably this spring, trying to leave work early to suprise my wife on our anniversary, working hard to be able to leave, rescheduling appointments, only to hop on the Orange Line and get stuck for an hour and a half. You stay classy, Metro.

Posted by: zippyspeed | June 17, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This information is unclear about the blue and orange lines in DC. Is the problem restricted to the Virginia side of those lines?

Posted by: kwar70777 | June 17, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Delays are northbound as well, yes? It doesn't really say.

Posted by: rosebudpeas | June 17, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Your, not you're

Posted by: | June 17, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

so why will i still be paying $3 to get home tonight? (well actually, i won't be because i biked today, but it's the principle of the matter, darnit).

and kwar: delays and slowdowns on any line of anything will cause delays on the line, regardless of state borders. it's not like a car accident on 395 by the Pentagon will cause bumper to bumper traffic in VA only, while DC's portion of 395 remains zippy just because it's in DC, you know?

Posted by: freckleface | June 17, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

WMATA's site now warns of delays toward Largo and Mt. Vernon Square, which suggests that Virginia-bound trains from DC should not be affected. Of course, they could just be messing with us...

Posted by: KennyBrockelstein | June 17, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The delay is most definitely in both directions, I just went through it. Typical Metro.

Posted by: bdeco | June 17, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The problem is that these communications systems are bid, designed, and built by one company. There needs to be an independent third-party doing due diligence on this stuff.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | June 17, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

which is why I drive - faster than metro at 6:30am

Posted by: Nevergen | June 18, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

There was a major disruption of the Blue and Orange lines running through Rosslyn yesterday around five pm. I gave up after waiting a half hour. The Post says that it was a train problem at Foggy Bottom. The Metro web site says nothing.

Posted by: BookGuy | June 18, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Metro was designed by people who never rode mass transit and is run by people who are on the the 50-year plan to take care of the problems.

Posted by: kls1 | June 18, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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