Red Line Open, But Slow This Afternoon
All the stations are open for the afternoon and evening rush, but the trains are sharing a single track between Fort Totten and Takoma to get around the track section where the wreck occurred on Monday.
To riders, the trains will seem few and far between. Between 3:50 and 4:30 p.m., the length of time it took me to ride between Silver Spring and Farragut North, I noticed that the middle cars of the eight-car trains were very full. The end cars of the eights were not at all crowded till they reached stations where people tend to stand at the ends of the platforms. (For example, if that's where the elevators reach the platform, that's where they stand.)
If it's a six car train, people still aren't moving forward far enough to wait, because the trains are stopping at the fronts of the platforms. There are announcements to that effect, but they are not frequent enough.
And it's really hot out. That makes the old downtown stations of the Red Line unpleasant. The train car I was in was okay -- for a device that has to open six sets of doors to the heat and keep them open for lengthy periods. But I know some of you have been in cars with poor or non-existent air conditioning. If you're uncomfortable, move to another car at the next stop. You may find it's a very different atmosphere. Also, those uncrowded cars at the front and back of the eight car trains tend to be more pleasant because there are fewer of us to generate heat.
These are some of the bus options, as outlined by Metro:
The free bus service is still operating between Silver Spring and Fort Totten. In Silver Spring, the southbound run starts on Dixon Avenue. The northbound run will leave you on Wayne Avenue, just off Georgia Avenue. Elsewhere, pick up the shuttle outside the stations.
The 79 Line, serving Georgia Avenue to Metro Center Station, ending at Archives Station has 10 additional buses.
The S9 Line, serving 16th Street NW to Farragut North Station has 10 additional buses operating with 5 to 10 minutes headways depending on traffic between downtown and Silver Spring. The closest stop to Silver Spring Station is in front of the Lenox Park apartments at Colesville Road and East-West Highway.
Routes 70/71,52,53,54,63,80,G8,S1,S2,S4,P6 and Circulator lines are all operating normal schedules at full capacity to provide connections from Downtown/Mall area to upper DC along major corridors. Here's a link to Metro's bus timetables.
June 26, 2009; 4:39 PM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Red Line crash, delays
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