Monitoring the morning commute

8:30 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-270 South between Shady Grove Road and W. Montgomery Avenue is blocking two southbound lanes and one of the shoulders.

The VRE delays from earlier this morning have mostly cleared. Trains 312 and 330 are both five minutes late due to other trains, but otherwise trains appear to be running on schedule.

An accident has been reported at North Capitol Street and New Hampshire Avenue NE, so watch for issues there.

8:25 A.M. Update:

A tree is down in the 4400 block of Reno Road, so the block is closed in both directions.

8:10 A.M. Update:

A disabled Red Line train bound for Shady Grove offloaded at Fort Totten. Watch for related Red Line delays.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before Colesville Road is blocking one of the shoulders.

7:55 A.M. Update:

The only delays showing for VRE trains right now are on trains 306 (35 minutes late) and 308 (15 minutes late).

7:40 A.M. Update:

Update from VRE: Trains are back on the move, but are running at restricted speeds around the freight train that was being inspected earlier. There could be additional delays stemming from these speed restrictions.

7:30 A.M. Update:

An accident involving multiple vehicles on I-66 West in Centreville could lead to delays there.

7:23 A.M. Update:

Scratch that, the delay for train 306 is now up to 35 minutes. But one commuter tweeted that it is on the move.

7:20 A.M. Update:

The latest numbers for VRE riders: Train 306 is 30 minutes late and train 304 is 15 minutes late. Train 308 has joined in on the fun and is now 10 minutes behind schedule. These numbers are expected to rise, as VRE warned riders to expect delays of at least 45 minutes.

7:15 A.M. Update:

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before University Boulevard has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before Colesville Road doesn’t appear to be blocking the right merge lane or right shoulder at this point, but we’ll update when that roadway is fully reopened.

7:09 A.M. Update:

VRE just sent out an alert about delays on the Fredericksburg Line. All rail traffic on that line has stopped due to a freight train experiencing some kind of emergency near Woodbridge. All trains have stopped while the crew inspects this train.

They expect delays of at least 45 minutes. The Metro option is now open, so VRE riders just have to show their tickets to Metro station managers to access the Metro system.

7:02 A.M. Update:

A few VRE trains are experiencing delays this morning. Trains 304 and 306 are delayed 15 and 20 minutes, respectively, due to CSX equipment; train 302 is 10 minutes late due to signal problems. This is according to VRE’s real time train status map, so these delays could change as the morning continues.

7 A.M. Update:

The disabled vehicle on U.S. 50 West at Martin Luther King Jr. Highway has been cleared and those lanes reopened.

6:50 A.M. Update:

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before University Boulevard is blocking two lanes and one of the shoulders.

The accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before Colesville Road is blocking the right merge lane and right shoulder before that exit.

6:45 A.M. Update:

An accident on the outer loop of the Beltway before Colesville Road could create delays there.

MARC train 874 is running 8 to 10 minutes late approaching Germantown.

6:25 A.M. Update:

A disabled vehicle on U.S. 50 West at Martin Luther King Jr. Highway is blocking one westbound lane and one of the shoulders.

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.

No rain is expected, but we’ll have plenty of heat today, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

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Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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