A Metro bus makes a U-turn near Friendship Heights, possibly related to Red Line mess on the rails today. (Luz Lazo/The Washington Post)
A Metro bus makes a U-turn near Friendship Heights, possibly related to Red Line mess on the rails today. (Luz Lazo/The Washington Post)

Updated at 10:57 a.m.

Highlights

  • Trains are no longer sharing a track between Medical Center and Friendship Heights stops.
  • Normal service has resumed at Friendship Heights, Metro said.
  • Delays continue for riders in both directions after an earlier track fire at the Bethesda station.

Updated at 10:10 a.m.

Metro trains on the Red Line continued to share a track in the area of the Bethesda stop. Mike Tolbert, a Metro spokesman, said the transit agency was “still clearing up the issue” after an earlier track fire at Bethesda caused delays.

Tolbert said the incident as to what caused the fire is still under investigation.

Updated at 9:37 a.m.

Firefighters from D.C. and Montgomery County responded to the earlier incident at the Bethesda Metro stop.

D.C. fire officials said there was a “report of a feeder cable” that was on fire. Tim Wilson, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire department said in an email that there was “no indication of how it started.” No injuries were reported.

Delays remained throughout the rush hour for commuters on the Red Line.

Updated at 9:14 a.m.

Firefighters in Montgomery County said their crews found “smoke only” in the tunnel and haze at the platform of the Bethesda stop, according to Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire department.

Updated at 8:30 a.m.

Also, fire crews report smoke and haze is gone at Bethesda.

Another problem, separate from the track fire, occurred at the Wheaton stop. But now Metro said full escalator service there is back. The escalators were out because of flooding.

Riders shared their thoughts — mostly frustrations.

Updated at 8:16 a.m.

Still, a rough ride remains on the Red Line for riders. Service has been restored at the Bethesda stop, but trains continue to share a track between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations after an earlier track fire at Bethesda. Firefighters cleared the scene and said smoke and haze is gone.

Bottom line: consider alternate routes. Avoid the Red Line.

Updated at 8:05 a.m.

Trains continued to share a track on the Red Line after an earlier track fire. The single-tracking is between the Friendship Heights stop and Medical Center station. Bethesda’s stop had been closed earlier but has since reopened. Riders should expect delays — and frustrations.

Updated at 8:00 a.m.

Metro said all stations are now open and its service on the Red Line is back. But trains continue to share a track between Medical Center and Friendship Heights stops. There was an earlier track fire near the Bethesda stop that caused delays. Firefighters said the smoke and haze in that area is gone.

Riders tried to get around and shared their concerns/fru

Updated at 7:27 a.m.

Metro said its transit police department was reporting “light to moderate” crowds along the Red Line. The Bethesda station has reopened after an earlier track fire near there. Fire crews are leaving the scene and said the smoke and haze there is gone.

Delays continue. Trains are sharing a track between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stations.

Scenes from the Bethesda stop —

Riders were frustrated and some reported other issues —

Updated at 7:25 a.m.

The Bethesda station on the Red Line has reopened. But Metro warns that only inbound trains — those headed to the District — will stop at the station. Delays continue.

Firefighters in Montgomery County said the haze and smoke at the Bethesda stop are gone, according to a Twitter message. Crews were checking for “remaining hazards, finding none.” Officials said they were clearing the scene.

 

Metro said it continues to run six shuttle buses in that area.

Updated at 7:16 a.m.

Metro said rail service on the Red Line is restored after an earlier track fire near the Bethesda stop. But trains are sharing a track between the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stations. Delays continue for riders.

Advise — find alternate routes.

Riders weren’t pleased —

Updated at 7:10 a.m.

There were several problems Tuesday morning on the Red Line. Metro is warning riders to use other routes and calling the problem on the Red Line at the Bethesda stop a “major disruption.”

In a Twitter message, the Metro Transit Police said fire crews were starting to clear. Officials were “conducting final inspections before service restoration.” But the agency warned trains would continue to share a track.

Highlights —
*Bethesda station is closed.
*Firefighters are investigating a track fire outside the Bethesda stop in the tunnel between there and Friendship Heights.
*Bus shuttle service is being provided from the area.
*Riders should consider alternates, Metro said.
*Also, at the Wheaton stop on the Red Line, the entrance escalators are closed because of water.

In Twitter messages, firefighters in Montgomery County said they were on the scene and investigating haze in the Bethesda station and smoke in the tunnel.

Riders weren’t pleased —

Original post at 6:48 a.m.

Trains on the Red Line are sharing a track Tuesday morning because of a reported problem on the tracks near the Friendship Heights stop. Riders should expect delays. Trains are bypassing the Bethesda stop.

The single-tracking of trains is between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stops.

Fire crews were said to be responding to the Friendship Heights stop for a report of a fire on the tracks. No further details were immediately available. Metro Transit Police said in a Twitter message that units were on the scene and that the fire was between the two stations.

There is also another problem on the Red Line.

All of the escalators at the entrance of the Wheaton station are temporarily out of service, Metro said, because of “water infiltration.” Metro said in a Twitter message that elevator and bus services are available at the stop.

It was not immediately known when the issues would be resolved.