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Update, 2:25 p.m.: As of around 2:10 p.m., Orange, Blue, and Silver line trains are no longer single tracking. Sherri Ly, a spokesperson for Metro, said the issue was not related to yesterday’s derailment at Smithsonian station and that it “was not in the same area [of the tracks].” Ly added that riders should expect residual delays for about 15 minutes in either direction, and that this afternoon’s single-tracking between McPherson Square and Federal Center stations lasted for about two hours. She did not have specific information about the track issue at this time.
Just minutes after trains on Metro’s Orange and Silver lines were no longer single tracking due to yesterday’s non-passenger-train derailment and a power outage between the East and West Falls Church stations this morning, WMATA reports another track problem has sprung up at Smithsonian:
Orange/Blue/Silver Line: Expect delays in both directions due to a track problem at Smithsonian.
— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) August 7, 2015
Orange/Blue/Silver Line: Single tracking btwn Smithsonian & Federal Ctr due to a track problem at Smithsonian. Delays in both directions.— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) August 7, 2015
Orange, Blue, and Silver line trains are again single tracking between McPherson Square and Federal Center, causing delays in both directions. The cause of this track problem—and Thursday’s derailment—are still unknown. A time frame for when this new issue will be resolved was not immediately available.
Suffice it to say Metro commuters on the country’s second-largest rail system are having a bad week. TGIF? (If you can make it to Happy Hour, that is.)
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