Metro’s Red Line is shut down between the Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet stations after an overnight train derailment.
The train was not carrying any passengers and no one was injured, Metro officials said in a statement released early Friday. Workers were moving the train from one rail yard to another around midnight when it went off the tracks between the Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations.
Service at the four Metro stations was severely affected, with limited shuttle service providing for transfer between the stations. As of Friday morning, Metro officials said Red Line trains were operating about every six minutes along the rest of the route. The cause of the derailment is not yet known.
Metro said the derailment has caused damage to track equipment — including the third rail, signal cables and track components — near the Rhode Island station. It was unclear how long it might take to remove and repair the damage or when service could return to normal.
Metro advised customers to take the Green Line from Fort Totten as an alternate route to get around the portion of closed track. Those trying to catch one of the 14 shuttle buses providing services from other stations should expect significantly longer travel times.