Red Line snarled by morning delays

A cracked rail snarled travel on the Red Line on Wednesday morning, creating severe delays and crowding along Metro’s busiest rail line.

The cracked rail, which was on the outbound track between the NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue stations, was discovered shortly after 6 a.m. Trains shared a track between NoMa and Fort Totten for nearly two hours, with delays lasting until about 8:30 a.m., Metro officials said.

The possible cause of the broken rail is under investigation, said Philip Stewart, a spokesman for the transit agency.

— Mark Berman

Metro to stay openif Capitals play late

Metro trains, which usually stop running at midnight on weeknights, will run for an extra hour if any Washington Capitals playoff games at Verizon Center are still going at 11 p.m.

The Capitals start the playoffs at home against the New York Rangers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Riders would be able to leave any stop during the extra hour of service but would be able to enter the system at only three stations: Gallery Place (all the entrances), Judiciary Square (just the F Street entrance across the street from the National Building Museum) and Metro Center (only the entrance at 11th and G streets NW).

— Mark Berman

Man charged in fatal
shooting in Trinidad

A man was fatally shot Wednesday morning in the Trinidad neighborhood of Northeast Washington, and D.C. police later arrested and charged a second man, who was also shot, with second-degree murder in the death.

The shootings happened about 7:50 a.m. in the 1200 block of Raum Street NE, near Trinidad Avenue. The men were outside when they were shot, said Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman.

D.C. fire and EMS personnel transported Thomas T. Jamison, 35, of Southeast to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The second man, Kenneth Brown of Northeast, was found in the 1200 block of Simms Place NE with an apparent gunshot wound in his leg. Brown, 43, was treated at a hospital and released, and later was arrested in Jamison’s slaying.

— Dan Morse

and Maggie Fazeli Fard

Red the new yellow for all city taxicabs?

After a year of debate, D.C. officials are nearing a final decision on a uniform color for the city’s 7,000 taxicabs.

On Wednesday, the D.C. Taxicab Commission released a preliminary mock-up of the new designs. The commission is recommending red cabs with a gray stripe, similar to the Circulator buses and coming streetcars.

Before the new design is finalized, there will be a 30-day period for public input. The commission will have a May 29 public hearing on the proposal. A final vote could come in mid-June.

Last summer, the D.C. Council mandated a uniform color for city cabs as part of an overhaul of industry regulations.

Even if the new color is finalized in the summer, it will be several years before all taxis became red, commission spokesman Neville Waters said. Under the legislation, taxi owners would switch to the new color when they replace their vehicles.

— Tim Craig