Update: WMATA now says service between L’Enfant Plaza and Farragut West is being restored on the Silver, Orange, and Blue lines, with delays in both directions still expected.
UPDATE: Silver, Orange, Blue line service is being RESTORED btwn L'Enfant Plaza & Farragut West. Expect residual delays in both directions.— Metro (@wmata) December 16, 2014
A water main break downtown has forced the closure of the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines at high-traffic downtown stations during the morning commute.
Water has flooded the lower-level tracks at Metro Center, causing Metro to shut down service on those three lines between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza. DC Water has turned off the water source, and Metro is working to pump the water out of the station, but “there is no estimated time of service restoration,” according to a release from Metro.
Metro is providing limited shuttle bus service between Farragut West and L’Enfant Plaza but warns, “bus service will not be able to replicate the capacity of the rail system.” Metro encourages riders to use the Red, Yellow, and Green lines. But these lines have limited connections to the damaged ones. For commuters from northern Virginia on the Orange and Silver lines, that would mean transferring to the Blue Line at Rosslyn, then the Yellow line at Pentagon, then the Red Line at Gallery Place, in order to get to work near Metro Center or Farragut Square.
Metro does propose another solution: exiting the system at Farragut West, then walking north a block to Farragut North and getting on the Red Line:
Alt option: Farragut Crossing to xfer btween Blue/Orange/Silver lines at Farragut West and Farragut North on Red Line. 8:04a #wmata— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) December 16, 2014
The District Department of Transportation advises that 12th Street NW is closed between E and F streets due to the water main break.
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