Metro News Release
For immediate release: October 26, 2011
Orange Line minor service impact due to commercial power outage
Update Thursday 6:20 a.m.
- The commerial power feed to the Deanwood substation remains offline.
- As a result, Orange Line trains will operate at a reduced speed between Minnesota Avenue and Cheverly, resulting in minor delays.
- There will be no 8-car trains on the Orange Line during the morning commute.
- Blue Line service is operating normally in both directions.
Update Wednesday 12:00 p.m.
- Power has been restored to the substation at Stadium-Armory.
- The Deanwood substation remains off-line with power restoration expected sometime tomorrow morning.
- During the midday hours Wednesday, customers will not notice any service impacts as a result of the power issue.
- During the evening commute, Orange Line trains will operate at reduced speed between Minnesota Avenue and Cheverly, resulting in minor delays.
*** ORIGINAL RELEASE FOLLOWS ***
Due to the loss of commercial power (Pepco) to two traction power substations along the Orange and Blue lines, customers on these lines may experience delays and crowding conditions during the morning commute of Wednesday, October 26.
The substations, located near Deanwood and Stadium-Armory, provide power to the 3rd rail that use trains to operate. Metro is currently "backfeeding" power to this section of system from other substations.
The following steps are necessary to allow trains to operate during this condition:
- All trains will operate at reduced speeds between Potomac Avenue and Cheverly/Benning Road, resulting in increased travel time and longer waits for trains.
- No 8-car trains will operate this morning on the Orange Line.
As of 6:40 a.m., Pepco could not provide an estimated time of repair. Additional updates will follow.
News release issued at 6:48 am, October 26, 2011.