UPDATE: The single-tracking has been resolved, according to Metro.
ORIGINAL POST: Another (frigid) day, another cracked rail for Metro.
The transit agency found a cracked rail on the outbound track at Bethesda, leading to single-tracking on the Red Line in the early afternoon.
The brutal cold was “likely a factor” in the rail breaking, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told The Post’s Dana Hedgpeth.
Red Line trains are sharing a track between Friendship Heights and Medical Center, so riders should expect delays. The work should be finished and the single-tracking cleared in time for the afternoon and evening commute, according to Metro.
This follows a cracked rail that snarled Green Line travel Wednesday, which the transit agency also attributed to the drop in temperatures.
Nor is this just a cold-weather issue. Hot temperatures lead to their own problems, as occurred last summer when the July heat was blamed for warping a section of Green Line track.
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