A Dead Deer, And Other Reasons DC Metro Riders Are Losing It


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Steve Birr Vice Reporter
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A train plowed into a deer and two stations lost power causing major headaches for D.C. Metro riders Wednesday morning.

Delays stretched across five lines of the system after a multitude of incidents, which included an arcing insulator and broken trains that had to be removed from service. Officials with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) were forced to single track red line trains between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations after a train outside of Fort Totten struck a deer, according to officials with WMATA.

Riders on the red line also dealt with single tracking between the Grosvenor and Medical Center stations after an unspecified track problem and between the Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations after a disabled train had to be removed from service.

Later in the morning commute, green line riders were offloaded by officials at the L’Enfant Plaza station after an issue with the train. Blue, silver and orange line riders were not spared from the rush-hour havoc either. A medical emergency forced riders to offload a blue line train at the Benning Road station causing temporary delays in the system.

Soon after, an unspecified track problem caused trains to single track between the Eastern Market and Stadium-Armory stations, causing disruptions along the orange, silver and blue lines. Service delays continued throughout the morning after the Anacostia and Navy Yard stations lost power. Officials were only able to restore normal service around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Orange line trains are running once every 20 minutes between the Vienna and New Carrollton stations and silver line trains are running once every 20 minutes between the Wiehle-Reston East station and Largo Town Center due to the latest round of SafeTrack repairs.

Safety Surge 11 will extend through Dec. 21 and trains will continuously single track between the East Falls Church and West Falls Church stations. Officials are encouraging orange and silver line riders to use alternative transportation for their commutes.

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