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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 tyson.gifthe 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.

By Michael Bolden  | June 8, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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I'm done. Seriously. I am not taking metro anymore. Turning in my work sponsored transportation card, and I'm driving starting tomorrow.

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 8, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

More room for me, 123cartoon. You guys are so fickle. Stuff is going to happen. It's how you deal with that stuff that matters. I can see you're a quitter and a crybaby.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | June 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse


Can I have a ride?

Posted by: 123cartoon | June 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Tonight at 5pm: "Delays continue due to an issue at Federal Center which has been resolved."

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 8, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another dollar gone unused to maintain an aging system....

Posted by: sigmagrrl | June 8, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Were shuttle buses really necessary? L'Enfant Plaza Station is only about 3 blocks away and Capitol South Station is within walking distance too (probably about a 6 block walk).

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | June 8, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The shuttle buses are probably required for ADA compliance.

Posted by: 1995hoo | June 8, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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