Limited Metro service resumes in Downtown DC

WASHINGTON – Metro has resumed limited service between the McPherson Square and Federal Center Southwest stations following a track problem at the height of the evening rush.

Metro said that Blue and Orange line trains are now using a single track between the two stations. Metro said to expected crowded trains.

Service was stopped entirely for about 40 minutes on Friday afternoon because of an arcing insulator at Metro Center.

The arcing insulator was on the lower level of the Metro Center station. Red Line service was not affected. Firefighters were called to the station as a precaution.

Pictures posted to Twitter show a fire on the tracks.

Metro first reported the service suspension about 5:12 p.m.

Silver Line trains were running between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston only.

Mary DePompa

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