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Train Breakdowns Halt DC Metro Commuters Across Three Lines

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Train malfunctions and broken tracks across three lines in the D.C. Metro system caused massive delays and stranded riders in crowded stations Tuesday morning.

Officials with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) sent maintenance crews to a stretch of the green line for unscheduled repairs Tuesday. The unspecified track issue forced green line trains to single track between the Greenbelt and College Park stations for several hours. A litany of problems on the red line, including two broken trains, caused a disastrous commute for riders, according to WMATA officials.

A broken train outside the Dunn Loring station caused residual delays on the orange line. A train malfunction at Union Station caused delays in the direction of Glenmont on the red line, followed by another train breakdown at the Twinbrook station.

Despite clearing the malfunctioning trains and briefly resuming normal service, officials placed speed restrictions on the red line at roughly 9:15 a.m., further delaying passengers. Officials are warning riders to expect slower service in both directions on the red line due to the speed restrictions near the Rhode Island Avenue station.

Orange Line trains traveling between the Vienna and West Falls Church stations are single-tracking for 42 day for Surge 9 SafeTrack repairs that began Sept. 15. D.C. Metro officials are warning riders at the Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church stations to anticipate large disruptions to regular service throughout the maintenance work. Officials will also conduct added repairs every weekend through the surge, which ends Oct. 26.

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