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:
— Andrew Engblom (@AEngblom_SNL) May 11, 2015
After my morning commute to nowhere, I’m wondering how much money #wmata STILL made off people who didn’t make it to work.
— Debbie Asrate (@DebAsrate) May 11, 2015
— Adam Tuss (@AdamTuss) May 11, 2015
There are actual people crying on this train because of missed shifts/wages. #wmata should remember we’re not all federal workers.
— beccagrawl (@beccagrawl) May 11, 2015