Orange Line Delays in Virginia
Another difficult afternoon commute on the Orange Line: Metro says delays caused by a power problem in Virginia will persist through the evening.
At 7:55 p.m., the Orange Line platforms were almost empty, but there still were good sized crowds on Orange Line trains heading toward Vienna. This was partly the result of a signal problem that slowed travel on all the lines. I was on one train that left Vienna at 6:22 p.m. and got to McPherson Square at 7:38 p.m. (Getting to and through the Rosslyn tunnel was just ghastly. After that, service was normal.)
The rest describes the situation as of 4:42 p.m.:
Vienna-bound Orange Line trains will operate 12 minutes apart between West Falls Church and Vienna, Metro says. Every other train will terminate at West Falls Church. Passengers going to Dunn Loring or Vienna will need to get off at West Falls Church and wait for the next train. New Carrollton-bound Orange Line trains are leaving from West Falls Church and Vienna.
(Metro's eAlerts, the e-mail messages to riders, are saying that a shuttle bus service has been established. Metro spokesman Cathy Asato says that is not correct, as of 4:42 p.m. The buses are on standby, but no shuttle has been established yet.)
Dunn Loring Station doesn't have power, Metro says. The elevators and escalators are not working. Metro will try to get them working using generators. At this time, Asato says, the fare gates are open at Dunn Loring to let passengers in and out. Riders will need to see the station manager in the morning to have their cards adjusted, she says.
On Friday, Metro says, Dominion Virginia Power lost an electrical feeder near Vienna Station. Today, Dominion's backup feeder near West Falls Church went out. Metro has been using power from its West Falls Church rail yard to help keep trains running.
If more power is lost, Metrobus will operate a free shuttle between Ballston and Vienna, with stops at East Falls Church, West Falls Church and Dunn Loring.
If power problems persist, the morning rush hour also will be affected, Metro says.
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