Blue/Orange Line delays caused by cracked rail at Rosslyn

(Courtesy: WMATA)

For the second time in less than a week, a cracked Metro rail created delays and unhappy riders.

Unlike the incident Thursday morning on the Red Line during the height of rush hour, this crack on the Blue and Orange Lines was detected in the middle of the day during a lull in ridership and was quickly fixed.

The breach was on a track between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom stations. A temporary fix was made, WMATA says, and a permanent repair will be made after the system closes at midnight.

"I'm not happy they're trying to charge us more," said rider Alex. "It's annoying that you have to pay more for a system that doesn't work."

Metro says cracked rails are not uncommon for transit agencies that experience temperature swings. Given the up and down temperatures forecast for this week, there could be more issue to come.

The cracks are happening with an increased frequency in our system, largely due to the aging infrastructure and that's why we are working so hard to get the system back to a state of good repair, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

During the initial temporary repair, trains single-tracked on both lines between Foggy Bottom, Ballston and Arlington Cemetery.

This weekend, track maintenance is scheduled for Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom but before that happens, crews will go in tonight and replace 40 feet of rail around where the crack occurred.