Metro Train Loses Power Just Before 6:30am – Passengers Walked to East Falls Church Station

Photo by PoPville flickr user Ryan Bowley

@MetroTransitPD tweeted:

“7:00 – All pax are safely off disabled train (no power) & now at E Falls Ch sta. Process of restoring power to other track shortly. #wmata”

“6:54 a.m. – In process of assisting pax walk from train w/o power ~500 ft to East Falls Church Station. No reports of any issues. #wmata”

“MTPD & FD o/s at East Falls Church w/train outside station with no power. Planning to walk passengers off train to station. 6:25am”

In happier Orange line news “Two-track service has been restored btwn McPherson Sq & Federal Center SW

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  • It’s almost like WMATA is trying to be taken over by the Feds. Man, when is this madness going to end?! Every week, there’s something major going on.

  • Add 15 minutes to your trip if arriving at Columbia Heights. Only one working exit turnstile. Yesterday the line went to the end of the platform, down the stairs, and to the back of the station.

    • Huh–there were plenty of working turnstiles when I exited CoHi at 8:30/8:40.

    • “Yesterday the line went to the end of the platform, down the stairs, and to the back of the station.” Yikes!!

    • Curious – does any other city subway system require you to swipe both to get in and to get out? I’ve been stuck exiting Foggy Bottom many times, and it seems like this wouldn’t happen if you could just walk straight out like you can in NYC, Chicago, or any European system I’ve ever been on.

      • Blithe

        I don’t have an answer to your question — but perhaps a partial explanation. In NYC there is one flat fare, so swiping when you enter the system subtracts the fare. With the Metro, the fare varies by distance and time of day, so the entrance swipe registers your entry station and time, but the exit swipe is needed to determine your fare for the trip. My guess is that switching to a simpler system — perhaps maintaining rush hour fares but eliminating varying charges based on distance — would result in higher fares for people taking shorter trips. Another guess is that capturing both entry and exit data is useful and possibly related to funding with a system that operates in multiple states and cities — an issue that impacts DC more than the other systems that I’m familiar with.

      • any system that has different fares for different lengths of trip (or any other reason) requires you to swipe out. Otherwise, how would the fare be calculated? The Tokyo metro is another example.

        • San Francisco’s BART too. The other systems you reference were built much earlier before variable fares were technically feasible.

  • And as far as service being “restored”… the B/O/S lines through downtown were, unsurprisingly, still not running without long stops between stations this morning.

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