Morning Delays on Red Line, Wisconsin Ave.
[11:30 am. Update: The District estimated the traffic signals at Tenley Circle will be working again at about 1 p.m.]
The Friendship Heights Metrorail station has reopened after being closed for about half an hour following a report of smoke and a possible fire under a Red line train headed toward downtown. Everyone got off the train and no injuries have been reported, Metro says.
But long delays are likely through the rest of the morning commute. Trains are sharing a single track to get around the stopped train. Meanwhile, traffic is slow on Wisconsin Avenue near the District-Montgomery County line. Traffic signals were out at Tenley Circle, at Wisconsin and Nebraska avenues, because of a power failure. The District Department of Transportation says it has set up portable stop signs and its Road Operations Patrols are assisting with traffic control.
Also, there were temporary lane closures at Wisconsin and Western avenues, because of the incident at Friendship Heights Station.
The station was closed from 7:27 to 7:54 a.m., Metro said. The smoke was first reported at 6:52 a.m.
Shuttle buses were made available at about 7:30 a.m. between Tenleytown and Bethesda stations to get riders around the delays, but such bus bridges are no substitute for train service. Buses carry about 50 passengers each, while a train can hold a thousand.
Here's a map of the area.
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