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Speed restrictions on 3 Metro lines

Metro riders on the Green, Yellow and Blue lines should expect delays Wednesday because of problems on the tracks.

Trains on the Blue and Yellow lines between National Airport and Crystal City stations are moving more slowly than usual following two derailments of a piece of track equipment.

The machine, called a speed swing vehicle, caused some minor damage to the tracks the first time it derailed. Trains had to share a single track until about 7 a.m. while repairs were made.

The speed swing vehicle was returning to the Alexandria rail yard after being used for overnight work. It was moved to an auxiliary track where it will be stored and examined. Metro plans to move it to the rail yard late tonight, without affecting service.

Meanwhile, on the Green line, trains will run at just 15 mph between the Naylor Road and Southern Avenue stations because of a cracked rail. Temporary repairs have been made, and permanent repairs will be made at night when the rail system is closed.

Metro discovered the cracked rail about 7:28 a.m. on the inbound track.

-- Staff and wire reports

By Michael Bolden  |  April 28, 2010; 10:21 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Metro  
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In other news...My Red Line car was suffused the smell of burning rubber for the entire ride from Twinbrook to Metro Center. By the time we arrived I was feeling rather sick.

So, so close to ditching Metro for my car...

Posted by: econgrrl | April 28, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Ditch Metro for your car for 1 month and then decide whether driving works for you. I did that last fall, and I decided that the advantages of driving far outweigh the disadvantages (including the cost of parking and gas).

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 28, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, they started the single tracking just after I got into the Crystal City station...(closer to 6am than 7am). I got down to the platform and saw/smell smoke coming out of the outbound southbound tunnel, and a couple Metro guys were over there. A minute or so before my train showed up, they made the announcement about single tracking. I ended up having to take the Blue line around, because the Yellow line wasn't going to come along for several more minutes. In all, very annoying.

econgrrl: That smell is the breaks burning. That happens a lot, unfortunately. All you can really do, is get off the train, and wait for the next one, if you're time allows that.

Posted by: akchild | April 28, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

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