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Derailment On Red Line Shuts Down Service Between Ft. Totten And Gallaudet

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A Metrobus driver directing a passenger to a shuttle at the Ft. Totten station this morning.
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A Metrobus driver directing a passenger to a shuttle at the Ft. Totten station this morning.

Metro's Red Line will not run between the Ft. Totten and NoMa/Gallaudet stations on Friday morning due to an overnight equipment derailment.

According to a Metro press release, "The derailment occurred around midnight as the system was closing. The train involved was being moved from one rail yard to another. It was not carrying passengers, and there were no injuries."

"The incident caused damage to track equipment in the area of Rhode Island Station, including the third rail, signal cables and track components," said the transit agency.

Metro has advised commuters to seek alternate options, and has warned:

  • Riders may experience longer waits for trains and increased crowding on the Red Line today.
  • Between Shady Grove and NoMa-Gallaudet, trains will operate every 5 to 10 minutes during the morning rush hour.
  • Between Glenmont and Fort Totten, trains will operate every 10 to 15 minutes during the morning rush hour.
  • Riders are strongly encouraged to use the Green Line as an alternate route between Fort Totten and Gallery Place (Downtown DC).
  • Passengers arriving via Red Line trains at Fort Totten should transfer to Green Line trains on the lower level.
  • Limited shuttle bus service will be available between Fort Totten, Brookland, Rhode Island Ave and NoMa-Gallaudet stations. Passengers using shuttle bus service should expect significantly longer travel times.
  • Regular route Metrobus service may be an option for some riders. To check, use Metro's Trip Planner and select the "bus only" option.

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