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P.M. Delays on MARC Brunswick Line

6:20 p.m. Update: Train 879 is 15 to 20 minutes late in the Kensington area. Train 891 was an hour late near Monocacy, Train 877 was half an hour late near Boyds. Train 893 was 25 minutes late near Rockville.

5:10 p.m. Update: Train 873 is an hour late to Gaithersburg. Train 891 is 50 minutes late to Rockville. Train 875 is 25 minutes late to Kensington.

4:37 p.m. Update: MARC train 873 is 50 minutes late. Train 891 is 35 minutes late and train 875 is 20 to 30 minutes late, the Maryland Transit Administration says. CSX has cleared MARC trains to move westbound. The downed trees have been cleared. The trains will work their way around the stalled freight trains.

4:28 p.m. Update: MARC trains 873 and 891 have been cleared to leave Union Station and proceed to Silver Spring, to help ease train congestion at Union Station, the MTA says.

4:15 p.m. Update: Brunswick Line trains continue to hold at Union Station and there is no estimate when they'll be moving.

Metro is honoring MARC tickets on the Red Line this afternoon. The Maryland Transit Administration recommends that passengers going to Kensington, Garrett Park, Washington Grove, Gaithersburg, Metropolitan Grove, and Germantown use Montgomery County's Ride On buses, which also will honor MARC tickets. (See Ride On routes and schedules here.)

The MTA says it's working on other alternatives, too.

Original Post:
The Maryland Transit Administration is warning MARC train passengers to expect major delays this afternoon on the Brunswick Line, which serves western Maryland.

The causes: Disabled freight trains, track work, and trees across the tracks. Workers are clearing the trees and CSX is working to get the freight trains back on the move, the MTA says.

Train 873 (3:35 departure) and 891 (3:50 departure) will hold in Union Station until MARC gets an update from CSX. Metro will honor MARC tickets on the Red Line this afternoon.

MARC also is canceling the Meet the Managers session it had scheduled for tonight in Gaithersburg.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 28, 2009; 3:24 PM ET
Categories:  transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, MARC trains, delays  
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There were no storms up that route today so what the heck could be causing downed trees? I understand the trackwork in Gaithersburg but for cripe sake this is ridiculous.

Posted by: spartyinmd | July 28, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Per MTA, 873 and 891 trains now moving to alleviate congestion at Union Station, but will likely end up holding or discharging at Silver Spring since the downed trees are between SS and Rockville

Posted by: map408 | July 28, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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