“Four Orange Line Stations will not open as scheduled”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Chris Williams

From WMATA:

“Metro will be unable to restore train service at four Orange Line stations that had been expected to reopen this morning: Vienna, Dunn Loring, West Falls Church and East Falls Church. The change in service plan is due to weather-related damage and icing issues with the electrified third rail that were discovered overnight as test trains were run on the line. Specifically, test trains were unable to move through the area reliably and maintain third-rail power to sustain service.

Metro’s priority is ensuring that trains in passenger service are able to operate safely and reliably.

Orange Line service is running between Ballston and New Carrollton every 12 minutes. Affected Orange Line customers in Virginia should use Ballston Station until further notice.

Metro apologizes for the inconvenience and is working restore service to these stations–as well as five Silver Line stations–as soon as possible.”