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Red Line Derailment Hinders Tuesday Commute (Updated)

Commuters on Tuesday experienced continued delays on Metro’s Red Line as crews continued to repair track damaged by a derailment Monday morning near the Farragut North station.

Red Line tracks were single tracking in pairs on Tuesday morning between Judiciary Square and Farragut North, with trains running every 10 minutes.

MARC train officials warned riders to avoid transferring to the Red Line, if possible, and suggest that riders take the DC Circulator or Metro buses departing from Union Station.

Metro workers on Tuesday morning continued efforts to re-rail train cars that came off the tracks. Metro said the derailment was caused by a break in the track in between Judiciary Square and Farragut North. It said the first four cars of the train passed over the break, but cars 5, 6, and 7 derailed. Metro was able to de-couple the first four cars, and as of Monday night had re-railed two of the three derailed cars.

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​A Metrorail Red Line train carrying 60 passengers derailed Monday morning, causing major delays in both directions that will likely extend into the Tuesday morning commute.

No injuries were reported from the derailment, which occurred at 6:40 a.m. outside the Farragut North station. Emergency personnel evacuated the train and no injuries were reported, according to Metro.

Red Line service is operating in two sections: from Shady Grove to Dupont, and from Glenmont to Judiciary Square, Metro said. Shuttle buses have replaced trains between Dupont and Judiciary Square. Single-tracking is likely as re-railing of the derailed cars continues, Metro said.

At 3:49 p.m. ET, Metro tweeted that trains wound run “every 10 minutes between Shady Grove & Glenmont.” However, the delays would likely be greater—Red Line users were already facing significant delays (up to 30 minutes between trains) due to scheduled maintenance for its expanded water leak-mitigation project, which Metro expects will last through Feb. 15.


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