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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/06/2012

Dupont Circle station reopened; delays for Yellow, Blue line trains

9:10 A.M. Update:

The Blue and Yellow lines are no longer single-tracking, but there are some residual delays due to the earlier train malfunction at Braddock Road.

Again, the Dupont Circle station has reopened after being closed for a little over an hour earlier this morning.

And don’t forget: This week, the right lane will be closed on southbound I-95 between Sandy Spring Road/MD 198 and the Intercounty Connector each weekday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

8:50 A.M. Update:

The disabled train at Braddock Road has caused single-tracking on the Yellow Line (between Braddock Road and Huntington) and the Blue Line (between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street). There are delays in both directions.

Some delays also remain on the Green Line for trains moving downtown.

8:45 A.M. Update:

The Dupont Circle station has reopened.

8:43 A.M. Update:

Here’s where we stand right now with Metro service, which has been extremely problematic this morning:

— The Dupont Circle station remains closed. Trains are passing through the station without stopping and riders can’t enter the station.

— Green Line trains bound for Branch Avenue and Greenbelt are experiencing delays downtown.

— A disabled train outside of Braddock Road has created problems for trains heading to Franconia and Huntington. Trains are single-tracking on the Yellow Line between Braddock Road and Huntington, leading to delays in both directions.

— Firefighters were responding to a report of smoke in the tunnel near L’Enfant Plaza, but no smoke was found, so firefighters are leaving the scene.

8:40 A.M. Update:

A disabled Metro train outside the Braddock Road station is on the move, according to Metro, which is creating delays to Huntington and Franconia for trains behind the disabled train. But a Metro rider says it hasn’t moved just yet.

8:35 A.M. Update:

There are also reports of issues on the Green and Yellow lines. Firefighters are responding to reports of smoke in the tunnel between L’Enfant and Archives. And there’s a gap for Green Line trains heading to Greenbelt between the Columbia Heights and L’Enfant Plaza stations.

8:20 A.M. Update:

The Dupont Circle station remains closed. Trains are still passing through the station, but riders can’t access it and trains aren’t stopping.

Normal service has resumed on the Orange and Blue lines, according to Metro.

8 A.M. Update:

Here’s where we stand with problems on three Metro lines:

— On the Red Line, the Dupont Circle station is closed right now. All entrance escalators are down, and when that happens Metro closes the station to avoid overcrowding. Technicians are there working on it, but there’s no timetable for when the station will reopen, according to Metro.

Buses are connecting the neighboring stations; you could also take Metrobus 42 or the L1/L2 bus between Woodley Park and Farragut North.

— Expect residual delays on the Orange and Blue lines due to the earlier track problem near Arlington Cemetery. Blue Line trains are no longer single-tracking, but some delays could linger.

7:55 A.M. Update:

The disabled Orange Line train at Court House is on the move. Two trains are en route to the station, and there’s a 15 minute gap between trains downtown.

7:50 A.M. Update:

The Dupont Circle station is closed and trains are passing through it without stopping. This is because the entrance escalator is out of service; as part of Metro’s safety plan, when the entrance escalator stops working, trains stop servicing the station and people are no longer allowed to enter the station to avoid overcrowding.

7:47 A.M. Update:

The Dupont Circle station is closed and all entrance escalators are out of service right now. Bus service has been requested.

Also, on the Orange Line, trains bound for New Carrollton are delayed due to a train with a brake problem at Court House.

7:45 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 502 has terminated in Baltimore. Passengers heading north of that station can take Amtrak train 130.

Also, MARC train 692 is running 10 to 12 minutes late this morning.

7:30 A.M. Update:

Blue Line trains are no longer single-tracking, though delays could linger in both directions due to the earlier track problem near Arlington Cemetery. Orange Line trains could also experience residual delays.

MARC Penn Line update: Train 502 is now canceled between Baltimore and Perryville. (This was the train that took on all riders from train 400, which was itself canceled at Bowie.)

Train 523 will begin in Baltimore to run on schedule south to Washington. Amtrak train 181 will take on southbound MARC riders north of Baltimore.

Also, train 415 is canceled and the next available train will be train 517.

7:06 A.M. Update:

Blue Line trains continue to single track between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom due to a track problem. Metro reports delays of up to 20 minutes, so riders should use the Yellow Line as an alternative if possible. The track problem is also creating delays on the Orange Line, although Metro hasn’t reported any single-tracking on that line yet.

7:05 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 400 is terminating at Bowie, where it stopped with a mechanical problem earlier this morning. Riders are being transferred to train 502 for Baltimore, and that train is expected to run 15 to 20 minutes late.

Train 523 is also canceled between Baltimore and Perryville. Amtrak train 181 will handle southbound MARC passengers north of Baltimore.

6:50 A.M. Update:

The Orange Line now also has delays in both directions due to a track problem outside of Arlington Cemetery. No word yet regarding single-tracking on that line, but the Blue Line still has single-tracking between Arlington Cemetery and Foggy Bottom.

6:40 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 400 is stopped at the Bowie station with mechanical problems; expect it to be at least 20 to 25 minutes late.

An accident on Miller Road just west of Wilson Avenue in Oakton is blocking the through lanes in both directions.

6:27 A.M. Update:

Blue Line trains are single-tracking between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery due to a track problem near Arlington Cemetery. Expect delays in both directions.

Metrobuses on the F1 and F2 lines could be delayed due to downed power lines at 25th Avenue and Arundel Road.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Rockville Pike has been cleared.

6:15 A.M. Update:

MARC Brunswick Line train 890 is running 10 to 12 minutes late and will board riders on the opposite tracks at Rockville, Garrett Park and Kensington. Also, the earlier disabled freight train is on the move and shouldn’t be blocking the Garrett Park platform at this point.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help.

If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

There could be some showers this morning and again this afternoon, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

So far:

— MARC riders: A disabled freight train is blocking the Garrett Park station on the Brunswick Line. It should be on the move shortly, but expect delays. Also, Penn Line train 511 is running 8 to 10 minutes late after holding due to an Amtrak train ahead of it.

— An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Rockville Pike could lead to delays.

— For later this morning: This week, the right lane will close on southbound I-95 between Sandy Spring Road/MD 198 and the Intercounty Connector each weekday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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