Metro has morning delays on many of its lines, but very few riders

Updated at 9:09 a.m.

As of 9 a.m., the few Metro riders that were out on the rail service experienced delays on several lines.

The delays were resolved relatively quickly, but there were very few riders on the Metro system because area local governments, the federal government and school systems were closed.

Dan Stessel, a spokesman for Metro, said ridership on Metro’s five lines was “anemic” Thursday morning in the snow at the normally busy rush hour.

As of 9 a.m., 13,658 Metro riders entered the system since it opened at 5 a.m. That compared to 218,778 during the same time period last Thursday.

The Metro problems included:

At 8:54 a.m., Metro said an earlier problem at Silver Spring had been resolved and normal service was back. At 9 a.m., there were delays in both directions on the Orange and  Blue lines because of a track problem at L’Enfant Plaza and trains were sharing a track between Smithsonian and Federal Center stations.

Updated at 8:24 a.m.

And another delay…

Riders should expect delays on the Red Line in both directions because of an earlier disabled train at the Silver Spring station.

Updated at 7:00 a.m.

Trains are no longer sharing a track on the Blue Line but riders should expect delays in both directions due to an earlier problem.

Original post at 6:45 a.m.

Officials reported delays Thursday morning on the Blue Line of the Metro.

The problem stemmed from a disabled train at Benning Road. The delays were in both directions, as trains were sharing a track between the Addison Road and Stadium-Armory stations.

Metro has suspended all of its bus service because of a snow storm that has blanketed the region’s roads. Rail system began at its regularly scheduled weekday time of 5 a.m. was expected to run at normal service levels. The transit agency said it will run trains every six to 10 minutes. But Metro warned that snowfall of 8 inches near the electrified third rail could result in above-ground service being suspended, which would impact about half of Metro’s 86 rail stations.

In addition, even if service at these stations isn’t halted, trains may not operate as often later in the day due to the weather and predicted low ridership.

Metro had announced yesterday that MetroAccess, which serves riders with disabilities, would not operate on Thursday.

Metro suspended all bus service “until further notice,” at 3:30 a.m. Thursday due to weather and road conditions.

Mark Berman contributed to this report.

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