Metro trains back to normal after cracked rail disupted Blue Line service

A Metro train travels through an underground station. (Photo: WJLA/file)

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - Service on Metro's Blue Line in the direction of Largo was suspended for about two hours Friday morning as crews worked to fix a cracked rail that caused four trains to become disabled once they crossed the river into Washington from Virginia.

Although service resumed about 9:50 a.m., Metro trains were single tracking between Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery until 11:30 a.m., when emergency track repairs were finally completed.

Metro officials said crews fixed a cracked rail that was discovered between Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn on the inbound track. That rail provides power to the trains.

The Blue Line shutdown and single-tracking also triggered some residual delays for the Orange and Silver lines.

The shutdown happened at 8 a.m. as the morning commute was in full swing, forcing Blue Line riders to divert to the Yellow Line and transfer at L'Enfant Plaza in D.C.