Monitoring the Tuesday morning commute: Power problems halt some Amtrak, MARC service

October 9, 2012

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 forecast calls for a foggy morning and light showers on and off all day, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Expect wet roadways and sidewalks and use caution this morning. 

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Amtrak service remains suspended between D.C. and Wilmington

Amtrak service is still halted between Washington and Wilmington due to downed wires. The resulting power outage stemming from these downed wires means that the Perryville and Aberdeen stations remain closed. 

Downed wires near Aberdeen have halted Amtrak service, effectively cutting off Washington from the rest of the Northeast corridor. Meanwhile, MARC riders were unable to use the Perryville and Aberdeen stations during Tuesday’s morning commute.

Amtrak service continues to run north of Wilmington, while MARC service continues to operate south of Edgewood. 

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That does it for our morning liveblog. Stay with Dr. Gridlock during the day, as we will update when we learn more about MARC and Amtrak service.

Crash blocking road north of Olney

The 2100 block of Brighton Dam Road is closed in Brookeville due to an accident. Avoid that area. 

U Street block reopens in Northwest D.C.

The westbound 1400 block of U Street has reopened and traffic is no longer being detoured there, according to police. A female cyclist was struck by a vehicle at 15th and U Streets NW, creating that temporary closure.

Amtrak, MARC service remains suspended

Amtrak service is still canceled between Washington and Wilmington. And MARC trains still aren’t traveling to or from the Perryville and Aberdeen stations. 

Downed wires near Aberdeen have halted Amtrak service, effectively cutting off Washington from the rest of the Northeast corridor. The resulting power outage means that the tracks near Perryville and Aberdeen are essentially useless.

Amtrak service continues to run north of Wilmington, while MARC service continues to operate south of Edgewood. 

Red Line delays continue

The Red Line is no longer single-tracking between Twinbrook and Grosvenor due to the earlier disabled train at White Flint. But delays do linger on that line, so expect headaches in both directions. 

Cyclist hit near 15th and U streets; block of U St. closed

A female cyclist was struck by a vehicle at 15th and U Streets in Northwest Washington. The westbound 1400 block of U Street is closed right now and traffic is being diverted north onto 15th Street. The cyclist is breathing and awake, according to police.

Red Line delayed in both directions

Red Line trains are single tracking between Twinbrook and Grosvenor due to a disabled train at White Flint. There are delays in both directions.

MARC Brunswick Line delays

MARC riders who normally travel from Perryvlle and Aberdeen aren’t the only ones encountering issues this morning. MARC Brunswick Line train 878 is running 20 to 25 minutes late, while train 894 is following it and about 10 minutes behind schedule. These delays stem from freight train congestion.

I-95 North lane reopens before Springfield Interchange

The accident on I-95 North before the Springfield Interchange has been cleared from the roadway. Only the left shoulder is still blocked.

Crash blocking Gallows Rd. in Annandale

An accident is blocking northbound Gallows Road at Thor Drive in Annandale. 

MARC Brunswick Line delays

MARC Brunswick Line train 878 is stopped right now and will be 10 to 12 minutes late arriving in Silver Spring.

Crash on Braddock Rd. in Burke

An accident on eastbound Braddock Road at Red Fox Drive in Burke is blocking the eastbound right lane and right shoulder.

Amtrak, MARC service still halted

Amtrak service remains canceled between Washington and Wilmington, while MARC trains still aren’t traveling to the Perryville and Aberdeen stations.

Downed wires near Aberdeen have halted Amtrak service, and the resulting power outage means that the tracks near Perryville and Aberdeen are useless. Amtrak service continues to run north of Wilmington, while MARC service continues to operate south of Edgewood. 

Crash on I-95 North

An accident on I-95 North before the Springfield Interchange is blocking the right lane and right shoulder. 

MARC, Amtrak service cancellations remain

MARC trains still can’t service the Aberdeen and Perryville stations. Trains are operating from the Edgewood station on south, but riders who normally head to Aberdeen and Perryville need to get to Edgewood. Watch for additional crowding at that station. 

Amtrak service also remains halted between Washington and Wilmington. 

I-66 East accident cleared

The accident on I-66 East just inside the Beltway has been cleared from the shoulder.

I-270 crash cleared

The accident on southbound I-270 at Montrose Road has been cleared and all lanes reopened.

Amtrak service halted between D.C. and Wilmington due to downed wires

Amtrak service is suspended between Washington and Wilmington due to downed wires south of Aberdeen. 

There’s no timetable yet for when service might be restored, said Steve Kulm, a spokesman for Amtrak.

Southbound Acela trains run to Wilmington before turning back and heading north, while southbound Northeast Regional trains run to Philadelphia before turning around.

It isn’t certain at this time if the power problem affecting MARC service and the downed wires canceling Amtrak service are one and the same, though the location and type of problems suggest that it’s the same issue. The Maryland Transit Administration reported that catenary power problems had rendered the tracks unusable north of Edgewood, which means at MARC’s Aberdeen and Perryville stations. Amtrak reported that the downed wires south of Aberdeen are catenary wires. [UPDATE: The MTA confirms that the power outage stems from the downed wires.]

We will update when we hear more.

Crash on I-270 South

An accident on I-270 South at Montrose Road is blocking one southbound lane and one of the shoulders.

Amtrak trains canceled

Amtrak trains 151 and 181, which carry riders from Perryville and Aberdeen stations, have both been canceled this morning, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. 

Little River Turnpike reopened

The accident on the Little River Turnpike has been cleared and the road reopened in both directions at Annandale Road. Expect lingering delays.

 
 

Power problem halts some MARC, Amtrak service

A power problem has halted MARC service at the Aberdeen and Perryville stations, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. This has also stopped Amtrak service between Washington and Wilmington. 

The problem involving the power supply has essentially rendered the tracks north of the Edgewood station unusable. The Aberdeen and Perryville stations, the two northernmost stops on the MARC map, are closed to riders. 

MARC riders should head to Edgewood if possible, said MTA spokesman Terry Owens. Riders should also expect to encounter potential delays and crowding on those trains.

This is also impacting Amtrak trains, Owens said. 

Amtrak reported a service disruption between Baltimore and Wilmington earlier this morning, but at 6:50 a.m. the train service announced that all service was suspended between Washington and Wilmington. We’ve reached out to Amtrak and will update if we hear anything back from them. 

Crash on I-66 East

An accident on I-66 East just inside the Beltway is blocking the left shoulder.

MARC Penn Line delays

MARC trains appear to be able to head north of Martin Airport, though it’s unclear right now just how far north they can travel. Penn Line train 554 will end at the Edgewood station, and it will run 20 to 25 minutes late due to only one track being available north of Martin Airport, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

I-395 North exit ramp blocked

An accident on I-395 North at the exit for Pentagon City is blocking the northbound exit ramp. Expect some delays.

Power outage halting MARC service north of Martin Airport

All MARC service north of Martin Airport is suspended due to a power outage, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. That means no service for Perryville, Aberdeen and Edgewood. Trains will run like normal from Martin Airport on to Baltimore and Washington.

This outage is also impacting Amtrak trains. Amtrak reports that service between Baltimore and Wilmington is disrupted due to the power problems.

Little River Turnpike blocked at Annandale Rd.

An accident is blocking the Little River Turnpike in both directions at Annandale Road. Avoid the area and expect heavy delays around this spot. 

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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