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Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/25/2012

Orange and Blue Lines delayed, crowded

9:20 a.m. Update | Single-tracking cleared, crowding remains

The single-tracking has ended for the Orange and Blue Lines and trains are now using both tracks. However, some residual delays could linger for commuters heading out right now. In addition, expect to encounter serious crowding on trains and station platforms.

9:17 a.m. Update | Wire problem in Metro tunnel resolved

The low-hanging wire has been secured and Metro crews are heading out of the tunnel now.

9:15 a.m. Update | Orange/Blue Line update

This morning’s Orange and Blue Line issues stem from a low-hanging wire in the tunnel between the Eastern Market and Capitol South stations. While crews are on the scene, there’s no timetable yet for when this will be cleared up, acording to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

9:10 a.m. Update | Orange, Blue Lines remains snarled

Delays and crowding remain major problems for Orange and Blue Line commuters this morning. Trains are still single-tracking between Eastern Market and Federal Center. Expect delays in both directions and prepare for crowded stations and jammed trains.

8:53 a.m. Update | Accident cleared from 16th and K streets NW

The crash on 16th Street NW at K Street has been cleared and the lane reopened.

8:50 a.m. Update | Orange, Blue Line problems continue

Orange and Blue Line trains continue single-tracking between Eastern Market and Federal Center. Expect delays in both directions as well as crowded station platforms and jammed trains.

8:38 a.m. Update | Accident on 16th and K streets NW

A crash is blocking one southbound lane on 16th Street NW at K Street.

8:35 a.m. Update | Major Metro delays, crowding

Problems continue for the Orange and Blue lines. Trains are still single-tracking between Eastern Market and Federal Center as Metro looks into a report of a low-hanging wire. This is leading to delays in both directions on both lines as well as severe crowding at stations. Some trains are also going to be off-loaded and turned around to help ease the congestion; trains have already been off-loaded at Foggy Bottom and McPherson Square.

8:25 a.m. Update | I-270 South lane blocked

An accident on I-270 South after Shady Grove Road is blocking one southbound lane and one of the shoulders.

The accident on northbound I-295 at Laboratory Road SE has been moved to the shoulder, according to the D.C. police.

8:15 a.m. Update | Orange/Blue Line delays persist

Delays continue for the Orange and Blue lines. Trains are single-tracking between Eastern Market and Federal Center due to a track obstruction near Capitol South.

The accident on northbound I-295 at Laboratory Road SE is blocking the right lane and right shoulder.

8:05 a.m. Update | Accident at Maryland and Independence avenues SW

A crash at Maryland and Independence avenues SW has been reported, so expect to encounter traffic issues around that spot.

8 a.m. Update | VRE delays cleared, MARC delays linger

The earlier VRE delays appear to have cleared up, because all VRE trains are now running on schedule.

MARC Penn Line train 413 is still a bit delayed.

The accident on I-395 North after King Street has been cleared from the shoulder.

7:55 a.m. Update | Crash on I-295 North

An accident on northbound I-295 at Laboratory Road SE could lead to some delays there.

7:50 a.m. Update | Orange, Blue Line delays

The Orange and Blue lines are single-tracking between Eastern Market and Federal Center due to a track obstruction near Capitol South. Expect delays in both directions.

7:45 a.m. Update | Accident on I-395 North

An accident on I-395 North after King Street is blocking the right shoulder.

7:40 a.m. Update | Disabled vehicle on U.S. 50 in Md.

A disabled vehicle on westbound U.S. 50 after Landover Road could create delays there.

7:20 a.m. Update | Potential MARC crowding

MARC Penn Line train 413 is running 10 to 12 minutes late and will skip the Halethorpe station to keep from delaying train 415. But train 415 will still stop at Halethorpe. Watch for potential crowding on train 415.

The accident on I-270 South before Old Georgetown Road has been cleared.

7 a.m. Update | VRE delays continue

The disabled freight train continues creating delays for VRE trains. Train 302 is about 20 minutes behind schedule, while trains 304, 306 and 308 are all 10 minutes late.

The accident on I-270 South before Old Georgetown Road is still there and could still slow southbound traffic.

6:45 a.m. Update | Inner loop lanes reopened

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway after New Hampshire Avenue has been cleared from the road and the lanes reopened.

An accident on I-270 South before Old Georgetown Road could snarl southbound traffic. No lane closures have been reported yet, but watch for potential delays.

6:30 a.m. Update | More on MARC issues

MARC riders: Train equipment in Baltimore will run on schedule as train 511 from Baltimore to Washington. The original train 511, which has been running late, will run as train 413 from Baltimore to Washington. Perryville riders could get to Washington at least 20 minutes late.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway after New Hampshire Avenue is blocking one lane and one of the shoulders.

6:15 a.m. Update | MARC delays

MARC Penn Line train 511 is running 10 to 12 minutes behind schedule due to a signal issue.

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.

Tuesday’s forecast calls for pleasant temperatures and some light breezes, according to the Capital Weather Gang.

So far this morning:

—VRE trains on the Fredericksburg Line are experiencing some delays this morning due to a disabled CSX freight train on the tracks near Leeland Road. VRE trains can pass the disabled freight train, but they must run at restricted speeds, which is creating delays of between 10 and 20 minutes.

Trains 300 and 302 are currently 20 minutes late, while train 304 is 10 minutes behind schedule.

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