Updated at 10:27 a.m.

Metro said its maintenance crews are working to replace insulators that were damaged after two problems this morning caused major delays for riders. Trains are sharing a track in parts as the work will continue through the mid-day hours, Metro said.

These are some of the common mechanical problems reported on Metro that are a pain for riders. (Claritza Jimenez/The Washington Post)

Updated at 8:45 a.m.

Riders on Metro’s Red Line should expect delays that seem to be growing as the system has been dealing with two programs on its tracks. The transit system now says on Twitter that riders will likely face crowds and delays of up to 45 minutes.

Hail an Uber, cab, bus or walk may be a better option.

Trains on Metro’s Red Line are now sharing a track. Trains are single-tracking between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights stations. There is a problem with the track at the Medical Center stop.

Sherri Ly, a Metro spokeswoman, said there is an arcing insulator at the Woodley Park stop. Trains are running on two tracks in that part of the line although they had been single-tracking earlier in the morning. And there is a separate problem involving an insulator and power cable at the medical Center stop.

Riders shared —

And some dealt with the delays this way —

A commuter says Metro delays have gotten so bad that he brings a jump rope to use on the platform while waiting for the train to depart. (WUSA)

Updated at 8:37 a.m.

Metro said trains are no longer sharing a track on the Red Line but delays of up to 30 minutes remain for riders and conditions are still very crowded after an earlier track problem at the Woodley Park stop.

Updated at 7:57 a.m.

Riders on Metro’s Red Line should expect delays of up to 30 minutes and crowding, Metro said.

Bottom line – it is a mess.

Trains are sharing a track in two parts of Metro’s Red Line. There is single-tracking between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness stops due to a track problem at the Woodley Park station. And trains are sharing a track between Grosvenor and Friendship Heights.

A look from commuters —

Updated at 6:23 a.m.

Riders on Metro’s Red Line should expect longer than normal wait times, Metro said. Crews were checking out the reported track problem at the Medical Center stop.

Trains continue to share a track on part of the Red Line between the Friendship Heights and Grosvenor stations.

Original post at 5:49 a.m.

Riders on Metro’s Red Line should expect delays in both directions Tuesday morning.

Trains are sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Friendship Heights stations due to a track problem at the Medical Center stop. It is unknown how long the delays will last.