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Posted at 5:20 PM ET, 01/26/2011

Metro chugging along OK

By Luke Rosiak

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.

--Clarence Williams

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.

By Luke Rosiak  | January 26, 2011; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  Blue Line, Metro, Orange Line, Red Line  
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Comments

I just want everyone to consider whether today's commute would have been easier if John Berry of OPM had authorized unscheduled telework today. How many thousands of cars would have been off the streets and how many thousands of commuters would have been off Metrorail, Metrobuses, MARC, and VRE? Would the commute have been perfect? No, but it would have been easier, considering that something like 40% of all Metrorail riders work for the federal government. If even 1 out of 3 of those workers had worked at home today, things would have been very, very different.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 26, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

All metro management should be fired. And the OPM.

Posted by: celt1 | January 26, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I waited at Rosslyn from 3:45 pm until 5 pm on Wednesday, watching packed train after packed train go by (Orange line to Vienna). I can't blame Metro for the overwhelming crush of people, and trains came by from 3 to 7 minutes apart, but in over an hour there was only ONE 8-car train - the one I got on at 5 pm. If Metro ran more than one 8-car train per hour (or two), the crush would've been alleviated and maybe I wouldn't have ended up stranded at Vienna at the height of the storm. Didn't Metro promise 8-car train service on the Orange line years ago?

Posted by: dvervena | January 27, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I waited at Rosslyn from 3:45 pm until 5 pm on Wednesday, watching packed train after packed train go by (Orange line to Vienna). I can't blame Metro for the overwhelming crush of people, and trains came by from 3 to 7 minutes apart, but in over an hour there was only ONE 8-car train - the one I got on at 5 pm. If Metro ran more than one 8-car train per hour (or two), the crush would've been alleviated and maybe I wouldn't have ended up stranded at Vienna at the height of the storm. Didn't Metro promise 8-car train service on the Orange line years ago?

Posted by: dvervena | January 27, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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