wpostServer: http://css.washingtonpost.com/wpost

The Post Most: Local

Dr. Gridlock
Traffic and Commuting Home  |  Discussions  |  Columns  |  Q&A  |      Twitter  |     Facebook |  phone Alerts
Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/15/2011

Blue and Yellow Line service resumes after flooding problems

9:27 a.m.

Metro reports trains are now single-tracking between the Braddock Road and Pentagon stations following earlier flooding problems. Expect delays in both directions.

9:00 a.m.

Metro spokesmam Dan Stessel said just before 9 a.m. this morning that crews were working to resolve the flooding situation on the Blue and Yellow lines.

He said flooding occured in a small tunnel, where the lines go under Alexandria. He said the water is "well above the height of the rail” and crews are using pumps to drain the water, which is slowly going down.

Stessel said the flooding was discovered about 5 a.m.

He said Metro had set up 29 buses to take people around the problem at Braddock and National Airport. Stessel said it was too soon to provide an estimate of when the problem would be resolved .

8:35 A.M. Update:

Major problems continue for commuters taking the Blue and Yellow Lines this morning. Metro service remains suspended between the National Airport and Braddock Road stations due to flooding in the tunnel where Blue and Yellow Line trains go under Route 1 south of Potomac Yard.

There are massive crowds at Braddock Road, with hundreds of people trying to get onto buses and into cabs, reports the Post’s Jennifer Buske.

7:35 A.M. Update:

The flooding is in the tunnel where Blue and Yellow Line trains go under Route 1 to the south of Potomac Yard. The water in the tunnel is over the height of the rail, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. Again, Metro service will likely remain suspended between Braddock Road and the National Airport during the morning rush.

7:30 A.M. Update:

Metro service will likely remain suspended between Braddock Road and National Airport at least through the rest of the morning commute, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

7:20 A.M. Update:

Blue and Yellow Line service remains suspended between the National Airport and Braddock Road Metro stations due to flooding in Alexandria. Metro personnel have been dispatched to work on pumping out the water. Shuttle bus service has been established for riders moving between these stations, but you can expect extremely heavy delays if you’re heading this way.

Multiple pumps are currently going to clear out the water and the water is going down. There is no timetable yet for when regular service might resume.

6:35 A.M. Update:

Blue and Yellow Line service remains suspended between the Braddock Road and National Airport stations due to flooding in the Potomac Yards area of Alexandria, according to Metro. Trains cannot run through the area because the water level is above the height of the top of the rail.

Shuttle bus service moving riders between the two stations began running at 6:20 a.m. Add extra time to your commute this morning if you travel through this area.

6:08 A.M. Update:

The Green Line delays have been cleared; you might experience some residual delays, but the earlier train malfunction at Fort Totten has been cleared.

Problems remain for the Blue and Yellow Lines. There is no service between the Braddock Road and National Airport stations, which will cause serious delays there.

Original Post:

There are already delays on three Metro lines this morning:

— The Blue and Yellow Lines are delayed due to a track problem outside the Braddock Road station. There is no train service between Braddock Road and the National Airport station. Shuttle bus service has been requested.

— The Green Line has delays in both directions due to an earlier train malfunction at Fort Totten.

By and Dana A. Hedgpeth  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/15/2011

Categories:  Metro | Tags:  WMATA, Metro

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company