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Another cracked rail on Red Line

1:25 P.M. UPDATE: Metro spokeswoman said the speed restriction in the Takoma area has been increased to 35 mph.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

1:10 P.M. UPDATE: Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said the rail near Woodley Park Station was replaced Wednesday night. Crews will replace the Takoma rail Thursday night, he said, installing a "joint bar" at the site of the crack to strengthen the rail until the repair can be made.

Taubenkibel said the cracks might have been caused by the warm weather of the last few days, but the cause would not be determined until the rails were thoroughly examined. "It could be routine wear and tear," he said.

-- Michael E. Ruane

Original post: Metro is reporting that there is a cracked rail on the outbound tracks of the Red Line between Takoma and Silver Spring stations. A 15-mph speed restriction will be in place for the rest of the day, the agency said.

This occurrence is the third cracked rail problem Metro has had in a week. On Wednesday, a cracked rail was discovered near Woodley Park Station on the Glenmont-bound track.

The Post's Michael E. Ruane is reporting this story. Check back for more details on what's going on with Metro.

If you're on a train and affected by the speed restrictions, e-mail us at, and let us know what.

On April 1, a cracked rail was discovered on the outbound portion of the Red Line at Takoma Station.

[This post has been updated]

By Michael Bolden  |  April 8, 2010; 11:32 AM ET
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I personally feel that the red line continues to run slower than normal and the tracks make more noise than normal - my gut feeling is there is work being on the sly.

The good news is I've not hit extremely dangerous gallery place over crowding for the last month or so.

Posted by: iolaire | April 8, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the title should read, "Metro on crack."

Posted by: 123cartoon | April 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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