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Orange and Blue line delays

9:35 p.m. Update: Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said there was a problem with a switch at the McPherson Square Station.

9:17 a.m. Update: Metro says the problem has been resolved but look for delays to continue for a while.

Original post: Metro is reporting a track circuit malfunction at McPherson Square Station. Trains are sharing one track between Smithsonian and McPherson Square stations. There are delays in both directions, so riders should allow extra time.

Are you on caught in the delays? Share your experiences by e-mailing us at transportation@washpost.com.

By Michael Bolden  |  May 17, 2010; 9:12 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  
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I had just arrived at the Blue/Orange line platform at Metro Center a little after 9AM, when the conductor offloaded the Vienna-bound train and announced an "extreme emergency" at McPherson Square. Just as my co-worker and I were turning away to go find a cab to Arlington, they announced that never mind, we could all get back on the train. Aside from a small single-tracking delay, the ride was uneventful. Contrast that with last summer, when the train wreck at Ft. Totten (with 9 fatalities) was announced as a "mechanical malfunction". Can we please get these folks some communications training?

Posted by: n_mcguire | May 17, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

23rd Street is down to one lane due to GWU parents parked in the through lanes. Gotta love those rich kids.

Posted by: jiji1 | May 17, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Orange line delays were far worse than Metro said and started before 9:15-- at least at West Falls Church. Also heard conflicting announcements as to what the problems entailed.

Posted by: Washington Post Editors | May 17, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

From above poster - "Just as my co-worker and I were turning away to go find a cab to Arlington, they announced that never mind, we could all get back on the train. Aside from a small single-tracking delay, the ride was uneventful."

That's just unbelievable and inexcusable. I was at Metro Center on the train that was offloaded there and was told there was an "extreme emergency". Thanks to their "extreme emergency" I was over an hour late for work after trying to get to Courthouse on the bus.

Posted by: VacaGrande | May 17, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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