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Keeping tabs on the Thursday morning commute

Good morning, commuters! Things seem to have returned to normal in the Washington area following Hurricane Sandy, with the government, schools and businesses reopening. The Capital Weather Gang forecast says that November begins with chilly weather, albeit not with any of the showers that have been such a problem this week. 

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.


Expect MARC delays to continue

Watch for MARC issues on the Penn Line for the rest of the Thursday morning commute. A disabled Amtrak train earlier in the morning stalled trains, resulting in delays, crowding and cancellations. Trains 610 and 523 are the latest to encounter delays, with each train running at least 10 minutes behind schedule. 

Again: Metro is accepting MARC tickets.


And that’s it for our morning liveblog. Safe travels. 

MARC delays persist

MARC problems continue to impact travelers in both directions. Trains 408 and 410 have both been canceled as a result of not having equipment due to the southbound delays. Train 610 will be the next northbound trip out of Washington (it’s scheduled to depart at 8:20 a.m.). Meanwhile, train 511 is severely overcrowded, but trains 413 and 415 are behind it with some seating available.

Again, Metro will take MARC tickets. 


I-95 North lane blocked before Woodbridge

The accident on I-95 North before Woodbridge is still blocking the right lane and right shoulder. 

MARC Penn Line riders transferring, Metro will take MARC tickets

Here’s the latest on MARC’s Penn Line, which is encountering serious southbound delays stemming from an earlier disabled Amtrak train. Riders on train 409 are being transferred to train 511, while riders from train 407 are being taken on by trains 413 and 415.

Metro will honor MARC tickets.

Some Red Line issues in both directions

Red Line issues continue. A train bound for Shady Grove just off-loaded at Friendship Heights, while a train heading to Glenmont had a door problem at Rhode Island Avenue. Expect to encounter possible delays in both directions.

Potential Red Line delays

A train heading to Glenmont is off-loading at Rhode Island Avenue, which could create crowding or delays for Red Line riders. 

MARC updates

The next southbound MARC train arriving at Odenton, Bowie, Seabrook and New Carrollton will be train 511 (which is running 40 minutes late). Watch for crowding on that train. Trains 413 and 415 will be following behind it.


Outer loop lane reopened at Colesville Rd.

The crash on the outer loop of the Beltway at Colesvlle Road has been cleared and the right acceleration lane reopened.

MARC Penn Line trains delayed but moving

Southbound MARC Penn Line trains are on the move again after being severely delayed by a disabled Amtrak train near BWI. Expect to encounter delays of between 25 and 60 minutes, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

Train 511 is about 30 to 35 minutes late as it approaches BWI.


MARC Penn Line issues continue

Amtrak train 67 is stopped south of BWI with mechanical problems. A technician is attempting to start the locomotive, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. MARC trains 407 and 409 are both stopped behind this train, while train 511 went in reverse and is waiting for the signal to operate around it. Expect to encounter problems if you’re a southbound Penn Line rider. 

Amtrak train 181 canceled

Amtrak train 181 (scheduled to depart Aberdeen at 8:35 a.m.) is canceled. MARC train 523, departing Aberdeen at 8:18 a.m., is the last morning departure from Aberdeen.

Disabled vehicle on DC-295

A disabled vehicle on northbound DC-295 is blocking the left lane at Burroughs Avenue. In addition, the D.C. police report that southbound traffic is slowing down on DC-295.

Crash on outer loop in Md.

A crash on the outer loop of the Beltway at Colesvlle Road is blocking the right acceleration lane.

Powder Mill Rd. and Garrett Ave. blocked Beltsville

Powder Mill Road is closed at Garrett Avenue in Beltsville due to some debris in the road. 

Intersection closed at New York and Florida avenues NE

The intersection of New York and Florida avenues in Northeast Washington is closed, according to the D.C. police. The 400 block of Morse Street NE is also closed. There is no information yet as to why these closures are in place, but we will update you as soon as we find out. 

Accident on I-95 North

An accident on I-95 North before Woodbridge is blocking the right lane and right shoulder. 

MARC Penn Line changes

MARC Penn Line train 407 has left the Penn station 20 minutes late and will run express service to BWI. Train 409 is following it and will make all its usual stops.

Crash on ICC

An accident on the westbound Intercounty Connector/MD 200 is blocking one of the shoulders before Shady Grove Road.

MARC delays

MARC is expecting trains running between Baltimore and Washington to have delays of 5 to 10 minutes due to slippery conditions in spots between the two cities, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

MARC Penn Line train delayed

MARC Penn Line train 407, which is operating one car short this morning, is also having mechanical issues. It is expected to run between 15 and 20 minutes late.

MARC Penn Line crowding

MARC Penn Line train 407 will run with one fewer cars this morning due to mechanical issues stemming from Wednesday night. Expect some crowding on the other cars.

Mark Berman covers national news for The Washington Post and anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and stories from around the country.

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