The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is warning riders to expect significant delays on the Fredericksburg and Manassas lines heading into DC Friday morning as a result of Thursday’s Amtrak derailment outside Union Station.
VRE is recommending passengers terminate their trip at Alexandria, Crystal City or L’Enfant Plaza to avoid the delays while clean-up efforts continue at Union Station.
An Amtrak train derailed south of Union Station Thursday afternoon, though no one was hurt.
DC emergency officials said a set of wheels and one locomotive came off the tracks about 150 feet from the station, but all cars remained upright. There were about 200 passengers on board and safely evacuated.
VRE moved the departures of Trains 301 and 325 to L’Enfant Plaza. There were several VRE trains that experienced delays of up to 45 minutes.
MARC Train said it did not expect significant disruptions in service.
Update Amtrak derailment Union Station. 1 set of wheels on 1 locomotive came off tracks. All cars upright. No injuries reported. Train in tunnel 150 yards from station. #DCsBravest working with Amtrak to determine best means of safely evacuating passengers. pic.twitter.com/jHyRuO4bgf— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) August 2, 2018
“We do not anticipate any significant impact to MARC Train service, however, trains may experience minor delays due to rail traffic congestion that results from this incident,” MARC said in an advisory to riders.