Morning Brake Problems Cause Delays on Red Line

By James Hohmann
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 27, 2009; 1:30 PM

Red Line riders heading toward Glenmont faced longer-than-usual delays during their Monday morning commutes after two Metro trains experienced brake problems.

A train was emptied of passengers at Rockville at 7:12 a.m., Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said, and then, at 8:25 a.m., another train going the same direction experienced problems near the Van Ness-UDC Station.

Neither incident was related to track circuit problems that parts of the system have been experiencing, Taubenkibel said.

Metro officials continue to advise passengers that they should allow an extra 30 minutes or more when riding the Red Line to account for possible delays as the National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation into the June 22 crash that killed nine people. On Sunday, Metro announced that the Takoma Station will be open regular nighttime hours for the "next several days," but trains will continue moving slowly through the section between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations, where the crash occurred.

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