Delays on four out of five of Metro’s rail lines

Updated at 8:37 a.m.

Trains are no longer single-tracking on the Orange Line in Virginia. Delays continue in both directions.

Updated at 8:16 a.m.

Metro has reported delays on four of its five rail lines Monday morning.

At 8:17 a.m., Metro said riders should expect delays on its Orange Line in both directions because of a disabled train at the East Falls Church stop. Trains were sharing a track between the Ballston and West Falls Church stations.

This follows earlier problems on the Red Line with an arcing insulator near the Dupont Circle stop.

There was also a problem with a train at the L’Enfant Plaza stop that created delays on the Orange and Blue lines.

On the Green Line, passengers faced delays because of disabled train at Congress Heights.

 

Updated at 8:11 a.m.

Metro said normal service has resumed between Van Ness and Dupont Circle stations after earlier delays.

Original post at 6:59 a.m.

Metro said normal service has resumed on Metro’s Red Line after a track problem.

The problem occurred outside the Dupont Circle station. Riders were told to expect delays in both directions as trains were sharing a track between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations.

The problem was resolved shortly before 7:40 a.m.

At 7 a.m., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said in an e-mail that the incident on the Red Line involved an “arcing insulator,” where a piece along the third rail gives off sparks or smoke. He described the problem as being “run of the mill” for the rail system.

Metro’s rail system opened on time Monday morning but its bus service was operating on a much more limited service schedule, sticking with major routes throughout the region.

Between 7:10 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. five trains passed through the Cleveland Park station but none stopped. Three trains went northbound followed by two trains that went southbound. Some confused customers even reached out for trains blowing through the station in hopes the train might stop.

“I have an allergist appointment at George Washington Hospital!” one man screamed.

Finally at 7:33 a.m., a southbound train arrived and everyone boarded.

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Post reporter Ed O’Keefe contributed to this report.

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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