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Red Line trains moving, big delays

7:40 A.M. UPDATE:

According to WMATA's Web site, the Red Line delays are all clear. Seeing or hearing anything different? Sound off in the comments section below.

7:20 A.M. UPDATE:

Delays still lingering on the Red Line.


Red Line trains are moving again on both tracks after an earlier situation shut down power and blocked access to two stations. However, Metro warns customers to expect delays of at least 30 minutes as residual backups clear.

Trains were turned back at the Friendship Heights and Cleveland Park stations, respectively, for a time this morning. This was due to an arcing insulator at the Van Ness station, caused after a drainage pump failure resuled in standing water on the tracks, said Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates.

They were initially single-tracking trains through the area, but had to turn the power off to pump out the water. This meant that trains heading downtown from Shady Grove only had eight stations available before turning back at Friendship Heights, while trains heading towards Shady Grove had to turn back at the Cleveland Park station. In other words, a stretch of the line was effectively cut off, splitting the Red Line in two.

Gates warned customers to expect delays of up to 30 minutes while backups and congestion are cleared up.

"It'll take a little bit of time to get back to normal, no delays, but both tracks are open now," Gates said.

[This update posted at 6:45 a.m. and updated again at 7 a.m.]

6:25 A.M. UPDATE:

Trains are now turning back at the Cleveland Park and Friendship Heights stations due to the track problem. This means the Tenleytown and Van Ness stations are now completely inaccessible, and this could reverberate through the Red Line and wreak serious havoc on commuters. Free shuttle bus service has been established between the stations, according to Metro.

6:10 A.M. UPDATE:

Red Line delays persist due to the track problem still ongoing at the Van Ness station.

Metro recommends these Metrobus routes as other options for commuters: N8, 31, 32, 36, L1, L2 and L4.

There are delays in both directions on the Red Line due to a track problem at Van Ness. Trains are sharing the same track between the Tenleytown and Van Ness stations.

By Mark Berman  |  May 14, 2010; 5:47 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Red Line delays, metro delays, red line delays van ness  
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Exactly what does “delays all clear” mean? I was on the Red Line, held up at Fort Totten then again in between Union St. and Judiciary Sq. I waited 9 minutes at Gallery Pl. for the Green Line train to Branch Ave, then they held the train at Archives/Penn Ave. I was 45 minutes late for work!

Posted by: nbarnes78 | May 14, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Standing water on the tracks? Pump failures?

Raise the minimum fares to cover capital expenses...why $1.90...raise it to $2.

Damn this incompetent Board.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | May 14, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I think Metro lucked out with this happening on a Friday. My 7am-ish trip from Silver Spring to Gallery Place was slower (and more crowded) than normal for a Friday, but no worse than any other weekday.

Posted by: runnergirl03 | May 14, 2010 8:06 AM | Report abuse

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