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Cold weather causes delays, cancellations on MARC, Metro, and Amtrak trains Thursday

MARC train. (Photo: WJLA file)

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - The cold temperatures on Thursday caused cracked rails and disabled trains on rail systems across the D.C. metro region, delaying and cancelling trains during the morning commute.

Amtrak's busy Northeast Corridor operated at about half of its normal capacity Thursday and Friday, marking four days in a row that winter weather has disrupted service.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the frequency of the Acela Express and the Northeast Regional lines is being reduced by about half because of below-freezing temperatures. The lines also were running at half-capacity Tuesday and Wednesday following a winter storm.

The company's Northeast Corridor stretches from Washington, D.C. to Boston and is the busiest railroad in North America, with more than 2,200 trains operating daily.

Magliari says all passengers who had tickets have been able to get on different trains after being notified about cancellations. It's unclear when Amtrak will be able to fully restore service.

Elsewhere on the rails, some MARC commuter rail trains experienced delays for a second day due to freezing temperatures early Thursday.

The Maryland Transit Administration said trains on its Brunswick Line were delayed due to a broken rail near the terminal track at Martinsburg station.

According to MARC officials, crews were able to temporarily repair the rail for the morning commute, but a permanent rewelding is expected to be completed by the evening rush.

The Orange, Blue and Red Lines on Metro also saw delays due to train malfunctions at various stations.

Red Line to Glenmont due to an earlier train malfunction at Farragut North.

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