Monitoring the Tuesday morning commute

November 6, 2012

Good morning, commuters! It’s Election Day, which means plenty of you have to head to the polls before or after work, adding another stop to your daily commute. We’re going to be live-blogging the morning rush here, bringing you the latest in traffic and transit.

Make sure to let us know what you’re seeing. If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for brisk temperatures on this Election Day, with chilly weather all day. 

[liveblog]

Crash blocking inner loop lanes in Md.

A crash on the inner loop of the Beltway at Georgia Avenue is blocking two lanes and slowing traffic. Expect headaches if you’re heading this way.

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And that does it for our morning liveblog. Safe travels. 

Partial power outage at Woodley Park station

The power is partially out at the Woodley Park Metro station, resulting in partial lighting on the station’s platforms, elevators and escalators, said Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas. 

This isn’t affecting service, and people can still see where they’re going at the station, Lukas said. Still, riders should use extra caution when heading to this stop. 

It’s unclear what caused the outage. It seems there was a power surge from the Pepco feeder powering the station, but it’s unclear what caused the surge, Lukas said. 

Possible power issues at Woodley Park

Commuters are reporting power issues at the Woodley Park Metro station. We’ve reached out to Metro and will update when we hear back.

One rider tweeted this photo from the station: 

Crash in Third Street Tunnel

An accident has been reported in the northbound Third Street Tunnel near the Massachusetts Avenue exit, according to D.C. police.

Disabled vehicle remains in I-395 HOV lane

The disabled vehicle is still blocking one of the I-395 HOV lanes near Washington Boulevard, so watch for delays in the HOV lanes.

MARC Penn Line delay

MARC Penn Line train 421 is running 17 minutes late.

 

Disabled vehicle blocks I-395 HOV lane

A disabled vehicle is blocking one of the I-395 HOV lanes near Washington Boulevard. 

Disabled vehicle on I-95 South at Springfield Interchange

A disabled vehicle on I-95 South at the Springfield Interchange could slow traffic there. It’s blocking the right shoulder, but drivers could slow down when passing it, so watch for potential delays.

Yellow Line train offloads at Braddock Rd.

And now a Yellow Line train heading to Mt. Vernon Square is offloading at Braddock Road. Again, Metro says the next train is right behind it, but expect crowding and delays at Braddock Road and on the Yellow Line.

Another Red Line train offloads

Another Red Line train is offloading. This time, it’s a train heading to Shady Grove and offloading at Rhode Island Avenue. Metro reports that the next two trains are right behind it, but watch for crowding and delays.

MARC Penn Line issues

MARC Penn Line train 408 is going to run about 15 minutes behind schedule because it has to run behind an Amtrak train. Southbound train 421 is also scheduled to leave 10 to 15 minutes behind schedule.

I-270 South flowing smoothly

Southbound I-270 can get very, very jammed up during the morning commute, with heavy traffic slowing it to a crawl at the spur. But this morning, that isn’t the case. Things are flowing smoothly from Frederick and Germantown on down to the spur, with pretty clear conditions all along the roadway. 

Normal Red Line service resumes

Metro reports that normal Red Line service has resumed at White Flint following the earlier train issue that created delays. 

Red Line delays linger

Expect lingering delays on the Red Line to Glenmont, stemming from the train malfunction at White Flint.

Red Line update: Train turning around to help delays

A Red Line train heading to Grosvenor is offloading at Medical Center and will turn around and head back to Silver Spring to attempt and ease the delays, according to Metro.

Expect Red Line delays

The disabled Red Line train at White Flint is on the move, and three trains are right behind it, according to Metro. Still, expect residual delays on the Red Line.

Delays building on I-395 North

Traffic is already getting heavy on I-395 North this morning, with delays beginning to slow drivers from Duke Street back to the Springfield Interchange. 

Red Line train offloading at White Flint, delays/crowding possible

A Red Line train heading to Glenmont is offloading at White Flint, which could create crowding and delays for Red Line riders.

Normal Orange/Blue Line service resumes

Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Orange and Blue lines. 

MARC Penn Line reminder

MARC train 517 (which was northbound 554 before turning around at Edgewood station and becoming train 517) left Edgewood and is running on time heading south to Washington. Remember, Amtrak train 151 is handling train 517′s riders at Perryville and Aberdeen.

U.S. 1 crash cleared, lanes reopen

The crash on U.S. 1/Richmond Highway at Central Avenue in Mt. Vernon has been cleared and all lanes have reopened in both directions. Watch for lingering delays stemming from the earlier lane closures.

Orange/Blue Line delays

The Orange and Blue lines are delayed in both directions due to an earlier train malfunction at Farragut West. Trains were single-tracking between Foggy Bottom and Farragut West due to a disabled train at Farragut West, but that has ended. Expect delays to linger in both directions. 

MARC Penn Line delay

MARC Penn Line train 409 is running about 10 minutes late following a delayed Amtrak train.

MARC delays, changes

MARC Penn Line train 407 is expected to run 15 minutes late due to a switch problem in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

In addition, train 554 will end at Edgewood and turn to be train 517 for Edgewood and southbound stops. Amtrak train 151 will arrive in Perryville (at 6:50 a.m.) and Aberdeen (at 6:57 a.m.) to take on train 517′s riders.

Crash on I-66 East

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

U.S. 1 lanes blocked in Va. by crash

An accident on U.S. 1/Richmond Highway at Central Avenue in Mt. Vernon is blocking the center lane and right lane in both directions. Expect heavy delays in both directions.

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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