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Commuter Alert: Blue and Orange Line Delays at Rosslyn

Updated, 8:44 a.m.:
The Orange and Blue Line problems have been resolved and service is returning to normal.

Original Post: Metro's Orange and Blue Lines are experiencing delays at Rosslyn because of a train with mechanical difficulties. Expect delays in both directions. Trains are sharing a single track along the line.

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 27, 2009; 8:44 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories  
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It's really gotten to the point that Metro is a joke. A sad, cruel joke. A clunker would be more reliable than Metro currently is.

And these same incompetent masterminds are going to manage a 37 mile extension to Dulles Airport? They cannot reliably manage the system they have now!

Chances I'd rely on Metro to get me to a flight out of IAD on time? 0%

Posted by: nocando | August 27, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Hi, Doc! What's the word on possible track work this weekend? I just checked Metro's Web site and it still has the Aug. 7 statement. Someone in my life needs to get from Takoma to National Airport Sat. morning, I am thinking of driving them to Gallery Place. Also what about the weekend of Sept. 12-13? There are 2 big festivals out this way on those days!
Thanx in advance for any advice.

Posted by: catbird500 | August 27, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I was offloaded at Ballston so my train could be taken out of service and then the driver of the next train sat there forever telling us there was an emergency at Rosslyn causing single tracking. I hear emergency and think of a sick passenger or something wrong with the tracks. Not a broken down train!

Also the PA announcements have started using the "We hope to have the problem resolved as soon as possible" lingo again. Seriously? It should be "We hope to have the problem resolved shortly" or "We will have the problem resolved as soon as possible" If you hope to have it resolved as soon as possible that implies taking as long as possible is also an option - one that many wouldn't discount on Metro.

Posted by: archers44 | August 27, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I was on a Blue Line train this morning; we held at Pentagon and then Arlington Cemetery waiting this out. All the while, the train driver kept telling us we were single tracking; the PA announcements on the platform (and presumably throughout the system) kept telling us it was "due to an earlier train malfunction which has been resolved." Newsflash: if we're single tracking, it hasn't been resolved.

Then to boot, they had to come over the PA and tell our train to move along because either the radio was malfunctioning or our driver wasn't paying any attention to it.

Posted by: stevis23 | August 27, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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