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Cracked rail on Red Line -- again

3:20 P.M. UPDATE: Metro generally replaces the stretches of rail overnight. Commuters on the Western end of the line can expect slower trains as they head in the direction of Shady Grove.

If you're traveling on the Red Line, let us know what you are experiencing. E-mail us at

3:15 P.M. UPDATE: This is the fourth cracked rail reported in the Metro system since April 1. A cracked rail was discovered Thursday on the outband track near Takoma Station. Another was discovered near Woodley Park in the direction of Glenmont on Wednesday. On April 1, a cracked rail was discovered near Takoma in a different location.

Metro spokesman Taubenkibel said Thursday that the cracks might be due to the recent warm weather, but the exact cause can't be determined until the rails are examined. "It could be routine wear and tear," he said Thursday.

In January, the agency discovered a cracked rail outside the Forest Glen Metro station in the direction of Shady Grove.

3:10 P.M. UPDATE:Just as we were about to sound the all clear for Red Line riders, a report of a cracked rail on the outbound track between Medical Center and Grosvenor stations comes in. there is a 15-mph speed restriction in place.

2:40 P.M. UPDATE: Metro says the situation has been resolved, but delays continue in both directions.

2:20 P.M. UPDATE: Taubenkibel said crews have determined the fire is coming from a communications cable attached to a track circuit between the rails.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

2:12 P.M. UPDATE: A brush fire broke out at about 1:30 p.m. near the tracks between Shady Grove and Rockville Stations, forcing Metro to run trains on single tracks in that area, according to Metro spokesman Steve Taubenkibel. He said fire department personnel are on the scene and once the fire is under control Metro will resume normal service in the area.

Original post: Metro reports trains are single-tracking between Shady Grove and Twinbrook due to a report of a fire on the tracks at Rockville.

Earlier Thursday, a fire on the tracks at Metro Center caused delays throughout the morning for travelers on the Red Line. That fire was caused according to a short circuit, Metro officials said.

[This post has been updated]

By Michael Bolden  |  April 9, 2010; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Metro  
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Two words: fire extinguisher. Job done.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 9, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Thats four words. See above.

Posted by: kenk3 | April 9, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"Earlier Thursday?" What about "earlier today?!?"

Posted by: drwong | April 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"Earlier Thursday?" What about "earlier today?!?"

Posted by: drwong | April 9, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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