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Updates on Wednesday's Metrorail problems

Cracked rail at Forest Glen
Red Line trains had to share a single track to get around a cracked rail discovered outside the Forest Glen Station on the Shady Grove side at about noon. The problem caused midday delays in both directions while a repair crew put a brace on the rail.

It's a temporary fix that should get us through the afternoon rush. A repair crew will return this evening to install a new rail. Service should be normal on Thursday morning.

Water pipe at Springfield
Thanks to Kate Cantrell for sending in this note today.
Dear Dr. Gridlock:
This morning, around 7:00 am, I witnessed a significant water pipe break in the parking garage at the Franconia-Springfield Metro station. While this does not affect the trains, it was difficult to get to the station from the garage. The water was shooting out from a pipe into the main elevated walkway entrance on the third floor. Water was raining down the entire staircase. Commuters had difficulty reaching the station walkway from the garage.

Some opted to take the elevators, but all three cars have been sporadically working for months. It seems that only one car is working at any given time.

We were having a problem with our blog posting technology today, so I couldn't post this till now. Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said there was a break in a fire line on Level 3 of the Franconia-Springfield Parking Garage near the elevator lobby and entrance to the pedestrian access bridge at around 6 a.m. A Metro maintenance went in to repair the pipe and pump out the spilled water. Because it's so cold the area was treated against icing.

Use caution walking there this afternoon.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 6, 2010; 3:51 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail  
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