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As the East Coast digs out from last weekend's snowstorm, transit agencies are rolling out plans to get rail systems back online or operate service on a limited basis.The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) initially planned to reopen its Metrorail system this morning, with service on all lines except the Silver Line. However, weather-related damage and icing issues on the third rail prevented the agency from opening four Orange Line stations as scheduled, WMATA officials said in a service alert.
The damage was discovered overnight as test trains ran on the line. The trains couldn't move through the area reliably and maintain third-rail power to sustain service, WMATA officials said.Meanwhile, the Maryland Transit Administration on Monday suspended all light-rail service while maintenance crews cleared snow and ice from the tracks. Today, the agency is operating limited light-rail service with the hope of returning to normal operations by week's end.For its part, MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) last night announced plans to resume service system-wide today. The update came after LIRR and state workers cleared the railroad's branches that were left snowbound by the blizzard, LIRR officials said.