Red Line service disruption Friday, August 30, due to derailment
Avoid eastern side of Red Line; use Green Line or Metrobus as alternate
UPDATE: Red Line trains are now operating about every 6 minutes between Shady Grove and NoMa, and between Glenmont and Fort Totten.
Metro is advising Red Line riders of a major service disruption that will impact service Friday, August 30, due to an overnight derailment of a non-revenue train between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations.
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.
Metro personnel are working to restore normal service as quickly and safely as possible. However, at this time there is no estimate on when normal service will be restored. The area where the derailment occurred is scheduled to be out of service starting at 10 p.m. Friday, through the Labor Day weekend, for rebuilding work.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
News release issued at 4:29 am, August 30, 2013.