Metro's red line delays due to cracked rail

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Trains on Metro's red line were forced to single track on Tuesday, creating residual delays in both directions on one of the coldest mornings in decades in D.C.

Red Line: Trains are single tracking btwn Rhode Island Ave & Fort Totten due to a broken rail at Brookland. Delays in both directions.

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A cracked rail near the Brookland station forced Metro to single-track for roughly 35 minutes between stations at Fort Totten and Rhode Island Avenue. All three of those stations, along with 11 others along the red line, are above ground, exposing riders to single-digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chills. A disabled train and a sick customer also forced brief single-tracking along two separate stretches of the orange line Tuesday morning.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the cracked rail was "almost certainly weather related."