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Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 09/19/2012

Major Red Line, MARC delays

9:40 a.m. update | More Metro problems

Follow the latest on this morning’s major Metro issues here.

9:25 a.m. | Train off-loaded near Brentwood

Between 50 and 60 riders were off-loaded from a Red Line train near the Brentwood station, according to Metro and D.C. Fire and EMS officials.

A Metro official reached for comment said she could not identify the cause of the problem, but Metro’s tweets and Web site said the issues were due to power problems.

One elderly rider aboard the off-loaded train was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, said Battalion Fire Chief Brian Lee, a fire department spokesman

The rest of the riders were transported to shuttle buses that took them to the Rhode Island Avenue station.

9:10 a.m. update | Additional Red Line issues

And now Red Line trains are also single-tracking between Friendship Heights and Van Ness because of a power problem outside Friendship Heights. Expect delays, which are already severe, to get worse.

9:05 a.m. update | Major Red Line problems continue

Major problems remain for Red Line riders as delays and crowding build along that line. Trains are sharing one track between NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue because of a power issue. As a result, there are extensive delays and reports of crowding at multiple stations.

Avoid the Red Line if at all possible. Consider using the Green Line, if you’re in the vicinity, or riding Metrobus.

9 a.m. update | Disabled vehicle in NW D.C.

A disabled vehicle at Sixth Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW could create some delays around that intersection.

An earlier accident on Connecticut Avenue and Upton Street NW has been cleared.

8:45 a.m. update | Red Line, MARC problems continue

Headaches continue on the Red Line. Trains are still single tracking between NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue, creating delays of at least 20 minutes for riders.

MARC Penn Line train 407 is south of Bowie and coupling with train 413 to head into Washington. Expect additional delays there.

Penn Line train 523 is canceled between Perryville and Baltimore, so Amtrak train 181 is handling southbound passengers north of Baltimore.

8:30 a.m. update | Red Line delays mounting

Red Line trains are experiencing delays of about 20 minutes in both directions due to the single-tracking between NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue.

8:27 a.m. update | Amtrak signal issues resolved, delays linger

Amtrak reports that the earlier signal problems between Washington and Baltimore have been resolved. Expect some residual delays.

MARC train 523 is going to run at least 60 to 70 minutes late, so Amtrak train 181 will take care of MARC passengers north of Baltimore.

8:25 a.m. update | Red Line single-tracking continues

Red Line riders continue to experience problems traveling in both directions. Trains are still single-tracking between NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue due to a track problem outside of Rhode Island Avenue.

8:12 a.m. update | Southern Ave. reopened

Southern Avenue, which has been closed between Wheeler Road and Chesapeake Street in Southeast Washington, has reopened. The roadway had been blocked all morning.

8:09 a.m. update | Red Line delays

Red Line trains are single-tracking between NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue due to a track problem outside of Rhode Island Avenue. Expect delays in both directions.

8 a.m. update | Accidents on I-270 South, I-66 West

An accident on I-270 South after Montrose Road could create problems there.

An accident on I-66 West at Chain Bridge Road is blocking the left lane and left shoulder. A disabled vehicle on I-66 East in the same area is blocking the right shoulder.

7:55 a.m. update | More MARC Penn Line delays

MARC Penn Line train 523 is going to run an hour late due to the severe delays of train 502. Again, and we cannot emphasize this enough: Metro will take your MARC tickets.

7:41 a.m. update | Crash remains on I-66 East

The accident on I-66 East at Sudley Road is still blocking the left lane and left shoulder.

7:39 a.m. update | MARC Penn Line update

MARC Penn Line train 407, which is stopped with mechanical issues, will couple with train 511 at Seabrook to proceed into Washington. Again, Metro will take MARC tickets, so try to take Metro instead if at all possible.

7:38 a.m. update | Amtrak delayed as well

Amtrak trains are also delayed between Washington and Baltimore due to signal problems.

7:35 a.m. update | Major MARC delays

MARC Penn Line riders are still encountering major headaches stemming from Tuesday night’s storms. Signal issues are a problem between Bowie and Washington, which means trains have to run at restricted speeds in both directions, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

Riders should expect delays of between 30 to 60 minutes heading both ways. Metro will honor MARC tickets.

Penn Line train 409 was canceled due to a crew issue, while train 401 ran 30 minutes late heading to Washington. Train 407 is currently stopped at Bowie with mechanical issues.

7:30 a.m. update | I-66 East crash cleared

The accident on I-66 East before Chain Bridge Road has been cleared from the road, but heavy congestion remains.

7:15 a.m. update | I-270 South accident on shoulder

The accident on I-270 South before Montrose Road is blocking one of the shoulders.

7:02 a.m. update | Another crash on I-66 East

An accident on I-66 East at Sudley Road is blocking the left lane and left shoulder.

The earlier accident on I-66 East before Chain Bridge Road is still blocking the right lane and right shoulder. Traffic is crawling approaching this spot, with major delays stretching back several miles.

7 a.m. update | I-95 North lanes reopen

The vehicle fire on I-95 North before Route 1 in Occoquan has been cleared and all lanes reopened. Heavy delays remain approaching this spot.

6:58 a.m. update | I-270 North accident cleared

The crash on I-270 North after Falls Road has been cleared from the road.

Now there’s an accident on I-270 South before Montrose Road, which could create delays heading that way.

6:47 am. update | I-66 East crash update

The accident on I-66 East before Chain Bridge Road is now only blocking the right lane and right shoulder. Heavy, heavy delays remain.

6:45 a.m. update | Accident still blocking I-270 North lanes

The crash on I-270 North after Falls Road is now blocking three northbound lanes and one of the shoulders.

6:35 a.m. update | Accident blocks I-270 North lanes

The crash on I-270 North after Falls Road is blocking two northbound lanes and one of the shoulders.

6:32 a.m. update | Accident on I-270 North

A crash on I-270 North after Falls Road could slow northbound traffic.

6:30 a.m. update | I-66 East lanes closed by crash

An accident on I-66 East before Chain Bridge Road is blocking the right two lanes and the right shoulder.

6:25 a.m. update | I-95 North lanes blocked in Occoquan

A vehicle fire on I-95 North before Route 1 in Occoquan is blocking all northbound lanes. Traffic can only get by on the right shoulder. Heavy delays are building.

The earlier disabled vehicle on I-95 North before the Fairfax County Parkway has been cleared and those lanes reopened.

Columbia Pike is closed between Four Mile Run and George Mason Drive in Arlington due to a water main break.

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.

The storms and humidity that struck on Tuesday give way to much better weather today, according to the Capital Weather Gang. It will be breezy, sunny and quite mild.

So far this morning:

— Southern Avenue is closed between Wheeler Road and Chesapeake Street in Southeast Washington. The roadway will remain closed through the morning rush hour, according to police.

— A disabled vehicle on I-95 North before the Fairfax County Parkway is blocking the right two lanes and right shoulder.

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