Updated at 3:32 p.m.

As Metro continues to deal with unexplained oil on the tracks on the western leg of the Red Line, it warned riders of a bad evening commute ahead.

Trains will use just one track for three stations: Grosvenor-Strathmore, White Flint and Twinbrook. That will likely slow things down for all Red Line riders at all stations. The single-tracking will last throughout the evening rush hour.

To make matters worse, trains headed toward downtown and Glenmont are skipping the Twinbrook and White Flint stations altogether and will likely do so throughout rush hour, Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye said.

Dye said that shuttle buses will run between Rockville, Twinbrook, White Flint and Grosvenor due to the track problem. But since traffic will be heavy, she said that it would likely be faster for riders headed to Twinbrook or White Flint on southbound trains to get off at Grosvenor, then wait for the next northbound train so they can go back to the stations that their first train skipped.

She could not provide an explanation for the oil on the track.


Crews work to clean oil off the tracks on the Red Line at the White Flint Metro stop on Wednesday. (Lena Sun/The Washington Post)

Updated at 10:37 a.m.

Still, there are problems on Metro’s Red Line. Trains are sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations. Oil got on the tracks, Metro said.

It is not known how the oil got there. Around 10:30 a.m., crews could be seen trying to clean up the oil.

It was not immediately clear how long the delays would last on the Red Line. But many riders had a rough — and long — commute in Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

Updated at 9:45 a.m.

Metro said trains are still sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stops. There was an issue with spilled oil on the tracks near the Medical Center station.

Just before 10 a.m., Metro said in a Twitter message that trains were experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes. Earlier in the morning there were delays of up to 30 minutes.

Updated at 8:49 a.m.

Crowded platforms and delays remain on the Red Line for riders. Trains are sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations because of an oil spill on the tracks near the Medical Center stop.

Riders are experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes.

There was also an issue with a train’s brakes that meant riders had to get off a train at the Rhode Island Avenue station.

Riders weren’t pleased —

Updated at 8:27 a.m.

Metro said trains on its Red Line are continuing to share a track between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations.

There is a problem after oil spilled on the tracks, while another train was offloaded for a brake problem. Delays are up to 30 minutes for riders.

Metro said trains are bypassing the White Flint and Twinbrook stops.

Updated at 8:18 a.m.

Metro said its outbound trains on the Red Line are bypassing the White Flint and Twinbrook stations to “reduce delays,” as trains are sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stops.

Riders are advised to use inbound trains for these stations, Metro said in a Twitter message.

There is oil on the tracks of the Red Line near the Medical Center stop. It is not immediately known how it got there but Metro said crews are on the scene.

In an e-mail, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said there is a “slippery rail condition, possibly result of oily substance on rail, between Grosvenor & Medical Center.”

He went on, “As a result, we have had to slow everything down so that trains don’t overrun their platforms. Delays up to 30 w/associated crowding.”

It is causing delays of up to 30 minutes for riders.

Updated at 8:09 a.m.

Metro said normal service is back on the Blue Line after earlier delays at the Franconia stop because of a switch problem. But troubles remain for Red Line riders.

There is oil on the track outside the Medical Center stop. Crews are on the scene trying to clean it up, officials said. Because crews and equipment are there, Metro said, trains are sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations. There are delays in both directions of the line.

Metro warned riders they should expect delays on the Red Line of up to 30 minutes.

Bottom line: Avoid the Red Line, if you can.

Scenes from the morning commute on Metro —

Updated at 8:06 a.m.

Trains are sharing a track on the Red Line between the Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations. There is oil on the track, Metro officials said. Riders should expect delays.

Updated at 7:59 a.m.

Trains on Metro’s Red Line are delayed for between 20 and 30 minutes Wednesday morning because of a track problem outside the Medical Center stop. Metro warned riders to expect crowding.

Metro officials said there is oil on the tracks but they were not sure how it got there or where it came from. Crews are on the scene, Metro said.  But it was not clear how long it would take for the situation to be resolved.

Metro also said trains on its Blue Line are experiencing delays in both directions. There is a switch problem outside the Franconia station.

Riders expressed frustrations on social media —

Original post at 6:41 a.m.

Riders on Metro’s Red Line should expect delays Wednesday morning — in both directions of the line — because of a track issue.

The problem with the track is outside the Medical Center stop. It is not immediately clear how long the repairs would take or what caused the issue.