LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Trains are once again operating normally on Metro’s Red Line after unscheduled track work caused massive delays during Wednesday morning’s rush hour.

Riders experienced delays of 40 minutes or longer as crews worked to replace a piece of rail near a switch point close to the Judiciary Square station. Metro originally stated delays of up to 30 minutes were to be expected.

As the repairs continued, every other Red Line train offloaded and turned back at the Farragut North and NoMa-Gallaudet stations.

Trains were forced to single track between the Farragut North and Judiciary Square stations with passengers in both directions boarding from the same platform.

The repairs, which began prior to rush hour, were completed around 8:30 a.m.

Metro says it will take time for the delays to dissipate as passengers grew disgruntled by the crowded conditions.

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