Updated at 5:20 p.m.
Trains were single-tracking on the Orange Line between the East Falls Church and Ballston stations because of police activity at Ballston, but normal service has since resumed. Metro says delays are possible in both directions.
— Ruben N Musca (@TehRubenDC) January 7, 2014
Updated at 9:54 a.m.
Metro said normal service has been restored on the Orange Line after earlier problems.
Updated at 9:17 a.m.
Trains are no longer sharing a track between Ballston and Clarendon stations. There was an earlier disabled train at the Virginia Square stop that caused troubles. But riders should expect delays to continue in both directions.
Updated at 9:02 a.m.
Normal service has resumed on the Red Line.
But riders on the Blue and Orange lines should expect delays as trains are sharing a track between Ballston and Virginia Square because of a disabled train at the Virginia Square stop.
— Robert Puentes (@rpuentes) January 7, 2014
Updated at 8:48 a.m.
Normal service has resumed at West Hyattsville on the Green Line after an earlier incident, Metro said.
Updated at 8:37 a.m.
Riders on the Green Line should expect residual delays in both directions because of an earlier incident where an unauthorized person was on the tracks at West Hyattsville.
The incident comes as four of five of Metro’s rail lines have had problems Tuesday morning.
Updated at 8:23 a.m.
Metro said it sent an empty train to the Ballston station to try to help relieve crowding on the Orange Line after earlier delays.
Stations at Ballston, Virginia Square and Clarendon were especially crowded with riders.
The overcrowded occurred because of an earlier medical emergency and because another train had offloaded at Ballston due to a mechanical issue, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.
Updated at 8:09 a.m.
A disabled train is being offloaded at the Ballston stop on the Orange Line.
Riders should expect delays to New Carrollton.
Updated at 7:54 a.m.
Metro said trains are no longer sharing a track on the Orange Line after an earlier medical emergency. But riders should expect delays of between 20 minutes and 30 minutes, Metro officials said.
Again, Metro warns its riders in an e-mail, “Please dress warmly and expect longer wait.”
Updated at 7:40 a.m.
At 7:40 a.m., Metro sent an alert to its riders saying the Orange Line is running about 15 minutes late because of an earlier medical emergency on a train.
Updated at 7:35 a.m.
Trains are sharing a track on the Orange Line between East Falls Church and West Falls Church stops because of a medical emergency at East Falls Church.
Riders should expect delays in both directions.
Metro has had issues Tuesday morning on its Red, Blue and Orange lines.
At 7:33 a.m., Metro said its trains were no longer sharing a track on the Blue Line between Franconia and Van Dorn Street. There was a disabled train earlier outside the Van Dorn Street stop. But Metro warned riders that delays still continue both direction.
Updated at 7:12 a.m.
Trains on Metro’s Blue Line are sharing a track between the Franconia and Van Dorn Street stations because of a disabled train outside the Van Dorn stop. Riders should expect delays in both directions.
Metro officials also warned riders on the Red Line that trains were running between five and 10 minutes late due to earlier problems. In an e-mail alert, Metro officials also warned riders to “Due to extreme cold and possible longer wait times, please dress warmly.”
Riders on Metro expressed their views of the Tuesday morning troubles on social media.
— Billy Bob Gandhi (@billybobgandhi) January 7, 2014
— Joe Pauloski (@j_pauloski) January 7, 2014
OK, everyone – #WMATA is going to be a cluster this morning. Just like in Summer when it get 102 degrees… same thing in reverse.
— MetroTAG (@MetroTAG) January 7, 2014
Updated at 6:20 a.m.
Metro’s Red, Orange and Blue lines reported delays early Tuesday, due to a broken rail at the Brookland station, a disabled train outside Cheverly and a sick customer aboard a train at Eastern Market.
The broken rail at Brookland, on the busy Red Line, was likely due to the unusually cold weather in the Washington area Tuesday morning. Trains were sharing a single track between Rhode Island Avenue and Fort Totten, with delays in both directions as a result. By 6:04 a.m., trains were no longer single-tracking, but residual delays were expected.
On the Orange and Blue lines, trains were single tracking in two places — between Federal Center and Eastern Market, and, on the Orange Line only, between Cheverly and New Carollton. Again, there were delays in both directions, even after the single-tracking ended at 6:15 a.m.