Big Delay on Orange Line (Again)
UPDATE: Delays continued Wednesday night on the Orange Line because of the sun kink in the rail, but the transit authority says normal service would resume by 5 a.m. Thursday, when Metrorail reopens for the day.
Discovery of the bend in the rail between East Falls Church and Ballston at 3:15 Wednesday afternoon led to big delays.
Orange Line service was suspended between those stations when the operator of a train heading toward New Carrollton noticed an irregularity on the tracks, Metro said. (Good work by the operator. The problem could have resulted in another derailment. VRE and MARC riders are very familiar with the slowdowns ordered in summertime out of concern for heat kinks.)
Orange Line trains then had to share a single track and cut their speeds between the East Falls Church and Ballston.
Metro also set up a bus bridge of free shuttles between the Ballston and Vienna stations to help passengers get around the incident. But there were long waits for buses, which carry about 50 people, compared to the 800 or so who can squeeze aboard a rush hour Metro train. Plus, the rush hour traffic slowed down the buses' progress.
Orange Line riders have been hammered this month. The storm on June 4 brought down power lines on the tracks and cut service. Then a train derailed between East and West Falls Church on Monday.
Just a coincidence, Gerald Francis, Metro's deputy general manager, told The Post's Lena H. Sun. (Read Lena's story here.)
It would be nice to think the streak ends here, but just in case, Metrobus 38B between Ballston and Farragut Square is known as The Orange Line With A View.
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