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Cracked Red, Green Line Rails Fixed, Metro Reports

The cracked rails that led to single-tracking and delays on the Red and Green Lines today have been fixed, according to Metro.

A cracked rail near the Medical Center station in the direction of Glenmont led to single-tracking between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Friendship Heights stations.

Another near the Green Line's West Hyattsville station in the direction of Greenbelt had trains sharing a single track between the Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza stations.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- David P. Marino-Nachison

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 25, 2009; 7:08 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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Comments

Now that the temperature is getting close to 90, I suppose it's time for the Orange line rails to start melting.

Posted by: spidey103 | June 25, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

So I guess instead of it taking 2 hours to get home tonight, I should bank on 3 hours.

Posted by: dc25 | June 25, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Orange line in Falls Church, hubby just drove home and said fire and rescue is on the tracks near westmorelnd st exit

Posted by: tbva | June 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts for the rich, deficit funding for unnecessary wars, deteriorating infrastructure, failing schools and health care system, and a defense budget exceeding that of the rest of the world.

Thank that idiot from Crawford Texas and the GOP Congress while you're stuck on the red line tonight or sitting beltway traffic tonight trying to get home!

Posted by: montana123 | June 25, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Will it never end?

Posted by: kalonscott | June 25, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts for the rich, deficit funding for unnecessary wars, deteriorating infrastructure, failing schools and health care system, and a defense budget exceeding that of the rest of the world.

Thank that idiot from Crawford Texas and the GOP Congress while you're stuck on the red line tonight or sitting beltway traffic tonight trying to get home!

Posted by: montana123 | June 25, 2009 3:11 PM


Unfortunately, those of us who voted for the other guy(s) get stuck all the same.

Posted by: r6345 | June 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Things must not be going as smoothly as planned in the Land of Hope and Change. Six months in and we're still blaming Bush? Has Barack run out of magic wands?

Posted by: bpayne1 | June 25, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I have to say about Metro right now:

TAXI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | June 25, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

@ bpayne1: "Things must not be going as smoothly as planned in the Land of Hope and Change. Six months in and we're still blaming Bush? Has Barack run out of magic wands?"

It took time-and more than just the Shrub's term-to ruin. It'll take time to rebuild, assuming that we're given the chance.

Posted by: clevin | June 25, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

What's up with all these cracked rails that Metro seems to have whenever the weather turns warm? Is this problem so frequent on other transit systems' above-ground rails, or are Metro's rails worse than average for some reason?

Posted by: sburban | June 25, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I think I'll just stay home tomorrow!

Posted by: grwall54549 | June 25, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Not to nitpick too much, but wasn't the crash on Monday, not Tuesday?

Posted by: scorbett1976@hotmail.com | June 25, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Metro DC area gas tax needs to go up to fund Metro. It's in everyone's best interest...even if you dont use the metro.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 25, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I was planning to drive to Greenbelt and take Green Line to the game tonight since the Red Line from Silver Spring is still disrupted.

Ugh... now what?

Posted by: meredithand | June 25, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"These delays affect some of the lines and areas already under pressure because of Tuesday's deadly Red Line crash."


I believe the crash occurred on Monday...

Posted by: sajilormoon01 | June 25, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Haven't been back on metro since the crash day. Me and my bike are becoming the best of friends. Not a bad thing.

Posted by: JulyAugust | June 25, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the details. Metro's email alerts continue to be very vague: "(ID 55855) Disruption at Prince George's Plaza. Expect delays in both directions due to an earlier situation at West Hyattsville station that has been resolved."

Why can't Metro pass on more detailed information?

Posted by: eweiss | June 25, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm not quite sure about DC and MD but in Virginia, any county/city with a metro access, the gas station owners are required to collect 2% (based on total sales) for a thing call FUEL tax. I don't know what they do with that money but on the 20th of each month, the gas station owners MUST send previous month's fuel tax.

Posted by: JKim_Rb | June 25, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Metro alert at 5:33 pm - "(ID 55860) Disruption at Metro Center. Expect delays to New Carrollton due to a train experiencing mechanical difficulties at Metro Center station." Is this actually "mechanical difficulties," or is it another accident? We cannot believe anything Metro tells us.

Posted by: ffxkid | June 25, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Tonight's commute was AWFUL. Leave work at 5:40. Spend half an hour waiting in a SWELTERING Metro Center while two packed trains go by. Finally get on a train. No, or little, air conditioning. Sweat dripping down back. What is the problem this year, has Metro decided not to pay electric bills???? At Friendship Heights, we are ordered off the train. No explanation. We wait another ten minutes for another train, which is full, so I continue waiting. Meanwhile the woman standing next to me quietly points out that the train we were ordered to evacuate has now turned around, has "SPECIAL" in the window plates, and is being driven by the same conductor we had. What, does Metro now empty a train full of people because it wants to use that train elsewhere?

Finally got on another train - with A/C. Get off at Twinbrook. Get home TWO HOURS after I left work. Should take one hour.

This is unacceptable. There needs to be a top down, all departments, review of everything and everyone at Metro: Metro Board, the executives, salaries, maintenance, purchasing, and even human resources, because an organization that treats its customers this poorly is sure to be treating its workers badly too.

I wish I had been more cynical and bought a home closer in, but I was naive and though Metro would continue to provide reliable and safe service into Washington.

Posted by: econgrrl | June 25, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

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