WMATA: Monday Morning Nightmare for DC Commuters

A metro box alarm struck at the Addison Road station creates havoc for monday morning commuters.


WASHINGTON, May 12 2015 – Commuter’s in the Washington, DC Metro Area faced a hellish commute Monday morning when two separate incidents on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines forced service to be suspended at the peak of the morning rush hour.

Just before 8am today, a metro box alarm was struck at the Addison Road Metro station in Seat Pleasant, MD for a report of the station being filled with smoke. This caused Metrorail service to be interrupted on the Blue and Silver lines past the station at Stadium-Armory. Units from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS department were on scene at this incident until 9am.

Around the same time units were responding to the incident at the Addison Road Metro station, units from the Arlington County Fire Department were responding to a report of smoke at the Rosslyn Metro station in Arlington, VA. This incident caused rail service to be suspended on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines from the Metro station at Foggy Bottom to the Metro stations at Clarendon and Arlington National Cemetery.

Both of these incidents compounded together to cause a morning commute nightmare for many commuting into the the district. Many commuters were evacuated from Metro stations in the Rosslyn area and were forced to boarded overfilled buses to reach their final destinations.

Metro reopened the Metrorail lines involved around 11:30am with single-track service, however normal service was not resumed until mid-afternoon. In an official statement Metro said “We know that many of you experienced extremely long, crowded trips this morning…We sincerely apologize for your experience this morning.”

Despite Metro’s apology many angry commuters took to Twitter to vent their frustrations:

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 Communities Digital News

• The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or management of Communities Digital News.

This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.

Previous articleTravel Colorado: Cheyenne Mountain Resort an ideal destination
Next articleMuhammad Cartoons: Free speech and respect for religion
Ross Spohn
Originally from New Jersey, Ross is a politically conservative columnist. Ross also serves as a volunteer firefighter/emt in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Follow Ross on Twitter: @TheWeeklySpohn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWeeklySpohn Email: [email protected]