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Delays on the Orange and Blue Lines Cleared

Metro reports that trains are sharing the same track between Federal Center SW and Eastern Market stations due to a sick customer aboard a train at Capitol South Station. The transit agency warns that customers should expect delays in both directions.

UPDATED 9:26 a.m.: Metro reports that trains are operating normally on the Orange and Blue lines.

By Michael Bolden  |  September 14, 2009; 8:36 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  | Tags: Blue Line, Orange Line  
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Luckily I came in on the orange line earlier than normal.

It's just unbelievable that one ill person can mess up the system like it does. I'm sorry for the person who is sick.

Posted by: swissmiss150 | September 14, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I think Metro is in an all-out lobbying effort to discredit and decommission itself. This is only helping.

Posted by: fbutler1 | September 14, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

I don't blame Metro here. I blame the geniuses who decided to not give metro a 3rd track so that disabled trains/trains with sick passengers could be bypassed.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | September 14, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 14, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Bitter Bill to swallow..."bio-terrorism"? Really??? Step off the keys son. You're a MO-ron.

Why don't u go downtown and pick up all the litter that was left behind by all the tea-baggers this past saturday.

Posted by: boricuabopper | September 14, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

How insensitive some people are! We don't know the details, but it must have been serious for the trains to be re-routed. And so what people had to be inconvenienced! And why would you blame metro for this? What other train systems in the U.S. have all sorts of alternate routes if an emergency occurs?

Posted by: jwilliams3 | September 14, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse


Oh, please shut up. Aren't we dealing with enough undie-bunching non-news based on speculation of causality formed by watching too many television action-dramas?

Posted by: LastCommaFirst | September 14, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately for WMATA, there was another sick person on the metro this morning. The sick person was reported on the Orange Line train at Foggy Bottom going in the direction of New Carrolton. That issue,reported approximately 20 minutes after the first, was resolved in just 5 minutes.

Posted by: jessica_ashley | September 14, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@ Jwilliams3 "What other train systems in the U.S. have all sorts of alternate routes if an emergency occurs?"

Boston ends up in much the same situation as DC does if something like this happens, but in NYC the major lines all have an "express" as well as a "local" track, which gives you a redundant bypass. And even if you, say, take the 1 train far uptown and to the Bronx where there isn't an express train running, there's a third track in between the uptown and downtown tracks that is used as a bypass system when a train is forced to halt for some reason, so that maybe one or two trains' worth of passengers are inconvenienced but the line itself keeps moving.

The irritation about the WMATA not having had the foresight to build that way is that it's decades newer than either New York's or Boston's systems (to say nothing of urban mass transit in Europe and Asia) and could have learned from their benefits and from their mistakes -- but didn't.

Posted by: EtoilePB | September 14, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

"The irritation about the WMATA not having had the foresight to build that way"

It's not that they didn't have the foresight, it's that they didn't have the money. Two tracks was decided upon because of cost.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 14, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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