It’s bad enough it’s raining, and now I find out there are continuing problems on the Metrorail’s Blue and Yellow lines between Braddock Road Station and National Airport. Dr. Gridlock is reporting that it’s a problem with train communication lines that Metro says could continue all day.
Trips from downtown Washington to Franconia-Springfield and Huntington could take 20 to 30 minutes longer than usual, by Metro’s estimate. Besides that, there could be a carryover effect from the slowdown back to stations shared by the Orange and Blue lines, though the slowdown there would not be as severe.
Because of the problem with the communications link, which sends signals between train, track and Operations Control Center, the trains in the zone are being controlled by the train operators rather than the automated system. The trains are going at 15 to 20 mph for safety, rather than the usual 45 to 48 mph in that section.
Metro says its people discovered the problem when the system opened this morning. but you may not see normal service in that area till first thing tomorrow morning.
I’d ride my bike into work but damn, it’s raining again.
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