Federal Center SW Station reopens
2:33 p.m. Update: Metro reports that the station has reopened.
2:10 p.m. Update: Fire fighters have responded to reports of a burning pylon at Federal Center Metrorail Station that closed the station just after 1 pm Tuesday.
Trains are passing through the station but no one is being allowed on or off the trains or to enter the station. Metro is providing free shuttle buses between Capitol South and L'Enfant Plaza stations, said Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates.
1:59 p.m. Update: Metro reports that shuttle bus service has been established. Riders should expect delays as the shuttle buses don't operate as efficiently as the trains.
1:55 p.m. Update: According to D.C. Fire/EMS, officials are
investogating investigating possible sources of the smoke. There are no injuries reported.
Gates said the station was closed at 1:17 pm after reports of smoke coming from one of the brown pillars that stand in the station. Some of the pillars have lighting or emergency phone systems that could cause the smoke, or it could come from under the platform, she said.
-- Ann Scott Tyson
Original post: Orange and Blue Line riders should prepare for delays as Metro has closed the Federal Center SW station due to a report of smoke. The agency has requested shuttle bus service.
According to D.C. Fire /EMS tweets, the station has been evacuated, and the source appears to be a light fixture near the platform area.
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