Cracked rail fixed on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines

Updated at 9:51 a.m.

Metro said normal service is back at Eastern Market stop after earlier problems.

Updated at 9:28 a.m.

Metro said there are continued delays on the Blue and Orange lines because of an earlier train malfunction at Eastern Market.

Updated at 9:06 a.m.

Metro said normal service has resumed on the Blue and Yellow lines after earlier problems.

Updated at 8:09 a.m.

Metro said a cracked rail on the Blue and Yellow lines in Virginia has been repaired.

Trains are no longer sharing a track on those lines between Braddock Road and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stops, but riders should expect some delays in both directions.

Original post at 6:18 a.m.

Frigid weather conditions have resulted in a cracked rail on Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines that will cause up to 30 minute delays for riders during Thursday morning’s commute, the transit agency said.

Trains will be sharing a track between the Braddock Road and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport stops.

Metro officials said rails expand and contract in extreme weather temperatures, which is what they believe caused the cracked rail. A 39-foot section of rail must be removed, and new rail installed, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

“This is not something that can be repaired with temporary splice bars, like putting a broken leg in a cast,” Stessel said. “Based on the nature of the crack, the whole thing has to be replaced.”

An earlier, unrelated problem with a switch outside the King Street station on the Yellow Line will likely create additional delays for riders headed to Mt. Vernon Square.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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