Another messy morning for the Red Line

August 30, 2013

Video: Crews pulled what appeared to be a train involved in Friday’s Metro derailment along the Red Line tracks through the Rhode Island station, while passengers tried to board shuttle buses.

It’s another messy morning for Red Line riders. The Post’s Dana Hedgpeth reports from the scene of an early morning derailment that has halted train service on the eastern end of the Red Line between between the Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations.

No passengers were aboard the train that was being moved from one rail yard to another when it went off the tracks. No injuries were reported, but damage to the area is significant.

Hedgpeth notes that this is the second time there’s been a derailment in this portion of the Red Line. In April, another Red Line train, also out of service, derailed between the NoMa-Gallaudet and Rhode Island Avenue stations as it was leaving the Brentwood rail yard. Metro officials blamed that incident on several factors, citing a “stiff” new wheel, a curved section of track, the train’s slow rate of speed and dry conditions.

One possible saving grace: The derailment took place the Friday before a long holiday weekend, so commuter crowds may not be as significant as they are during a typical Friday. But that’s of little consolation for those who still need to get to work.

Last week, it was riders on the western side of the line who were reeling after reports that water leaks might lead to shutdowns on one of the busiest sections of the line. But a decision on how Metro officials will address the problem is still several months away.

As The Post’s Mike Debonis phrased it in his post this morning — at least no one was hurt.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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