Red Line delays frustrate riders

Crowds wait at Fort Totten Friday. (Photo: Kimberly Suiters)

WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Seven days a week, Justin Fennell relies on the Red Line train at Fort Totten.

But the moment he saw a dozen WMATA workers with megaphones, he knew delays were inevitable.

“I hate seeing that. I hate being inconvenienced by a train,” he says.

Many Metro riders were inconvenienced Friday morning after a train on the Red Line derailed, closing several stations.

Thousands of people were diverted to the Green Line, on to buses and around broken escalators.

Full service was restored at all Red line stations just after 1:30 p.m., more than 12 hours after the derailment was reported.

Fennell's trip to Tyson's Corner can take two hours with disruptions like these.

“If I was going to work, I wouldn't be smiling like this,” he says.

He's lost a job over the unreliability of public transportation. But Friday afternoon, while on that ride west to pick up a paycheck and attend a party with friends, his Red Line returned to service.