Orange Line delays leave platforms crowded
Monday night it was the Red Line. Tonight, the Orange Line is taking it on the chin. Trains malfunctioned at Landover and later at Rosslyn. Both of those problems have been resolved, but riders have been venting about the crowding along the line. There have been delays in both directions.
metro man was typical: "Late due to random stops, and long boarding times at crowded stations." And earlier, "the train is at capacity. Can we close the doors now?" (Good luck, metro man.)
Or this from the collection on unsuckdcmetro: "Rosslyn is a mess. Never seen it this bad."
This link will take you to a Twitter photo of the scene on the Rosslyn platform.
Red Line review
Earlier today, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel was giving me some additional information about the problems Red Line riders encountered on Monday night.
At 6:24 p.m. Monday, he said, a six-car Red Line train at Gallery Place experienced a door malfunction on its way toward Shady Grove. The train operator could not get the doors to close. As a result, the train everyone had to get off.
Some of you may have seen that empty train go through your downtown station and wondered why. That was the train with the door problem.
Taubenkibel said the incident at Gallery Place lasted only eight minutes. But a rush hour problem like that takes a long time to clear up. Passengers wound up with a long wait on the platforms at Metro Center, Farragut North and Dupont Circle to Shady Grove.
Because of the jam downtown, Metro terminated a couple of trains at Dupont Circle and Friendship Heights and sent them back to Shady Grove. Taubenkibel said Metro managers are doing an after-action review regarding rider complaints about the lack of announcements and about whether it helped or hurt to send those trains back to Shady Grove.
January 5, 2010; 6:01 PM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Orange Line, Red Line
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