Red Line Still Disrupted; Expect Delays
It gets confusing, so I thought I'd better post a status report: Nothing has changed in the past few hours. The Red Line trains are not operating between Silver Spring and Fort Totten. That will continue tonight, and Metro has not announced any change of plans for Thursday.
The free Metrobus shuttles are still available to take riders between Fort Totten, Takoma and Silver Spring. At Fort Totten and Takoma, you can find them in the Metro stations. At Silver Spring, they're on Dixon Avenue.
There's also a Metrobus shuttle between Silver Spring and Georgia Avenue/Petworth Station. It started today and I sure sounds like a good idea, but I haven't tested it. The downside of the other shuttle is that it has to use lots of secondary streets to get between the stations. My experience was that it took about 40 minutes to get between Silver Spring and Fort Totten.
Metro has put more buses on the 16th Street line and the Georgia Avenue line, but many of the buses are crowded.
The Red Line between Shady Grove and Fort Totten is crowded and slow, too. I've been hearing more complaints about that today than yesterday. The trains are under manual control and they're operating more slowly than usual. But also, it's difficult to maintain the usual frequency of operation when dealing with a shortened section of the line.
Baseball game: And don't forget that the 7:05 p.m. Nationals game with the Red Sox is likely to cause more congestion than usual on the Green Line and at the stations where fans switch to the Green Line. That's Gallery Place on the Red Line and L'Enfant Plaza on the Blue and Orange. (Same time Thursday.)
Looking ahead: We're unsure when we get the full Red Line back, but we're also unsure what Metro will do about this weekend's track work. Metro almost always has track work on weekends, causing delays on the lines involved, but we don't know whether this week's events have thrown off the schedule. Also, the NTSB is talking about possibly doing some more of the investigation at the scene this weekend, which could affect the schedule of Red Line trains even if the tracks have been reopened by then.
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