No Explanation Yet For Morning Power Problems On Red Line | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

No Explanation Yet For Morning Power Problems On Red Line

Play associated audio
Emergency vehicles cluster outside the Tenleytown Metro station after reports that a train lost power underground Wednesday, Sept. 19. 
Rebecca Cooper
Emergency vehicles cluster outside the Tenleytown Metro station after reports that a train lost power underground Wednesday, Sept. 19. 

There were major delays on Metro's Red Line this morning due to power problems near the NoMa-Gallaudet U station and the Tenleytown station, reports WMATA.

About 60 passengers were evacuated from a train between the NoMA-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Avenue stations just before 8 a.m. And then on the other side of the Red Line, a train with about 800 passengers was stopped underground near the Tenleytown station for nearly an hour, before being moved into the station and offloading passengers shortly after nearly an hour at 10 a.m.

"People were freaking out and crying," said one passenger, who asked to remain anonymous. "One guy, he went crazy and was going to attack."

Service has returned to normal and Metro is looking into the cause of the problem.

"We do not yet know the cause of aither of these incidents or even if they are related," says Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel.

Riders were facing significant delays in both directions, and the agency recommended passengers use the Green Line between Chinatown/Gallery Place and Fort Totten.

Trains were single tracking between the NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue stations and between Friendship Heights and Tenleytown, but normal service has resumed with some residual delays. Trains are moving at slower speeds while the power problems are investigated.

NPR

Can NBC's New Tiger Lily Overcome The Character's History?

Alanna Saunders, the actress cast to play Tiger Lily in NBC's forthcoming production of PeterPan, has Native American ancestry, one of many points of contention in previous castings.
NPR

California Cracks Down On Farmers' Market Cheaters

Did your local farmer really grow that heirloom apple he just sold you? California wants to know, so it's sending more inspectors out to make sure the produce sold at markets is really local.
NPR

Top Spending PAC Aims To Keep The Senate In Democratic Hands

Senate Majority PAC, run by allies of Senate Majority Leader Reid, is the top-spending superPAC in the midterm election season. Its donors are essentially a compilation of the party's big-donor base.
NPR

Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions

Companies including PayPal and Apple are competing to convince merchants and consumers to use their swipe-and-go mobile payment systems. Credit card breaches may speed up the use of digital wallets.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.