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Keeping tabs on the Friday morning commute

Good morning, commuters! We’re going to be live-blogging the morning commute here, bringing you the latest in traffic and transit.

Make sure to let us know what you’re seeing. If you see or hear about any congestion, delays or problems, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

The Capital Weather Gang forecast says that the storm-shortened work week wraps up with more cool temperatures and gray skies.


Southbound Wisconsin Ave. partially reopens in Bethesda

Southbound Wisconsin Avenue has partially reopened at Leland Street in Bethesda, according to the Montgomery County Police. But the road remains partially closed due to a water main break, so avoid it if you can. 


And that does it for our morning liveblog. Safe travels!

Crash on southbound DC-295

A crash on southbound DC-295 at Eastern Avenue NE could create delays there, according to police.

Disabled vehicle on I-95 North at Springfield Interchange

A disabled vehicle on I-95 North at the Springfield Interchange is blocking the left lane and left shoulder. 

Southbound Wisconsin Ave. closed in Bethesda

Southbound Wisconsin Avenue is closed at Leland Street in Bethesda due to a water main break, according to the Montgomery County Police.

Possible Orange Line issues

An Orange Line train heading to New Carrollton just offloaded at Clarendon. Expect some crowding at that station and potential Orange Line issues.

MARC Penn Line updates

MARC Penn Line train 408 left Washington running 27 minutes behind schedule and will run express service to Baltimore. 

Also, Amtrak train 181 is 11 minutes late. It will make stops at Perryville , Aberdeen, Edgewood and Martin Airport for MARC riders. 


Watch for Blue/Yellow Line delays, crowding at King St.

A Yellow Line train bound for Mt. Vernon Square just offloaded at King Street due to a brake problem. A Blue Line train is directly behind it, but watch for potential delays and crowding on the platform.

New Jersey Ave. NW reopened

The accident in the 100 block of H Street NW has been cleared and all lanes reopened on eastbound New Jersey Avenue NW.

Eastbound New Jersey Ave. NW blocked

An accident in the 100 block of H Street NW is blocking eastbound New Jersey Avenue NW approaching H Street, according to police. Expect delays and avoid that area if possible. 

Little River Turnpike lane reopened

The crash on the eastbound Little River Turnpike at Prosperity Avenue in Annandale has been cleared and the left lane reopened

MARC Penn Line delays, cancellations

MARC Penn Line train 502 is going to terminate in Baltimore. Riders heading to Martin Airport will be taken there in cabs, according to the Maryland Transit Administration, while Amtrak train 130 will handle the riders north of Martins Airport.

Train 523 is canceled from Perryville to Baltimore; Amtrak train 181 will take MARC riders north of Baltimore.

In addition, Penn Line train 408 is going to leave Washington 30 minutes behind schedule due to the delayed arrival of train 409. And train 410 is canceled due to crew issues.


Block closed in Northeast D.C.

A police investigation has closed the 3500 block of 17th Street NE, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Avoid the area.

Possible Red Line issues

Red Line riders could encounter crowding or delays due to a train bound for Shady Grove that offloaded at Gallery Place.

VRE delays

VRE trains 304 and 306 are both running 10 minutes behind schedule due to other trains. 

MARC Brunswick Line delays, Penn Line note

MARC Brunswick Line train 892 is 25 minutes late, while train 876 is 15 minutes behind schedule.

In addition, MARC Penn Line train 409 — which was originally going to skip the BWI station — wound up stopping there after all to let off passengers, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. 

Little River Turnpike lane blocked

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A crash on the eastbound Little River Turnpike at Prosperity Avenue in Annandale is blocking the left lane.

MARC Brunswick, Penn Line updates

The riders from MARC Penn Line train 407 have finished moving onto train 409. Now train 409 is on the move, but it left Halethorpe about 30 minutes late.

MARC Brunswick Line train 892 is about 15 to 20 minutes behind schedule due to a signal problem. As a result, train 876 following behind it will be about 10 to 12 minutes late as well.

Potential I-270 issues

There’s reportedly debris on I-270 at Clarksburg Road. It’s unclear right now which direction this is impacting or if any lanes are blocked.

MARC Brunswick, Penn issues

Three additional MARC headaches:

  • Penn Line train 409 is going to take on the riders from train 407 at Halethorpe and run express service to Odenton. (That is due to the potential overcrowding on train 409.) Train 511 will pick up riders at BWI.
  • Penn Line train 511 is also 10 minutes behind schedule because it’s following train 409
  • Brunswick Line train 892 is 12 to 15 minutes behind schedule due to a speed restriction

MARC Penn Line delays continue

Mechanical problems persist for MARC Penn Line train 407, so it is ending at Halethorpe. Riders will switch over to train 409, so expect crowding on that train. In addition, train 409 will now run about 30 minutes behind schedule.


MARC Penn Line delay

MARC Penn Line train 407 is having mechanical problems, so it is about 15 minutes late in approaching Halethorpe.

VRE delays

VRE trains 300 and 302 are delayed due to CSX freight trains in front of them. Train 300 is 10 minutes late and approaching Arlington, while train 302 is 20 minutes late and heading to Woodbridge. 


Disabled vehicle cleared on inner loop

The disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road has been cleared from the shoulder.

Disabled vehicle on inner loop in Va.

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway at Braddock Road is blocking the right shoulder. 

Potential MARC crowding

Three MARC Penn Line trains are going to run with one fewer cars than normal, so watch for overcrowding on the other cars: Trains 505, 404 and 419.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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