Metro chugging along OK
11:25 p.m. Update: Metro reports that Forest Glen Station has reopened.
9:30pm: There are a couple minor issues here and there, but overall, there don't seem to be any crippling disasters on Metrorail--unlike just about every other mode of transit. In fact, even near stations with issues, trains seem to be coming along at least every 15 minutes if not significantly more frequently.
In fact, even at Pentagon, where problems were reported, trains are coming along at seemingly near-rush-hour frequency.
See the below to get an idea of how it is out there.
Metrobuses, on the other hand, are a different story. Many are scattered about the region--even in the middle of roads--as they stalled on hills or ice slicks and were unable to complete their routes. Buses began going out of service due to the weather at 9:30.
8pm: Forest Glen is closed because the power is out. The Red Line is single-tracking between Medical Center and Friendship Heights due to a problem at Bethesda.
6:45pm: The Red lines appear to be moving along at a reasonable pace in both directions. Some Blue/Orange trains are holding due to a power outage and single tracking near Federal Center.
6pm: Metro is single-tracking on the Red and Blue/Orange lines after D.C. firefighters were called to put out two fires inside tunnels at separate Metro stations.
Blue line trains are affected between Federal Center and Federal Triangle stations, as are Red Line trains between Van Ness and Dupont Circle stations, said Angela Gates, a Metro spokeswoman.
Firefighters first responded to a report of smoke in the tunnel at Federal Center in the 400 block of 3rd Street SW, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman. Authorities found insulator burning along the tracks.
Trains were stopped in the station, officials said, Piringer said.
The second incident was a report of smoke in the tunnel at the Dupont Circle Station in the 1300 block of 19th Street NW. Officials said insulation and electrical components also sparked on the tracks, between the station and Woodley Park, Piringer said.
No injuries were reported, but D.C. fire officials said to expect delays, Piringer said.
Earlier: Fire may be the last thing you expect in weather like this.
But there is smoke in tunnels on two separate Metro lines, the fire department said--near Woodley Park (again) due to a "possible insulator along the track" and Federal Center.
The predictable cascading delays will ensue. Metro is reporting delays in both directions on the Red line and is single-tracking on the Blue/Orange lines.
That comes after heavy smoke on a train shut two stations yesterday, and a small fire at another caused backups during the evening rush.
The Metro is already crowded and operating slowly due to the weather and the fact that bus service is operating on emergency routes only. Even so, it's debatable whether your luck on the roads would be any better.
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