- The Washington Times - Monday, May 11, 2015

Metro officials encouraged commuters to take alternative forms of transportation Monday morning after three lines were shut down in Northern Virginia when smoke was discovered inside a train tunnel outside the Rosslyn Station.

The Blue, Orange and Silver lines were experiencing significant delays after service was suspended between the Foggy Bottom, Clarendon, and Arlington Cemetery stations.

“Today may be the day to drive all the way into D.C.,” said spokeswoman Morgan Dye.

Metro officials were also encouraging commuters to take the Yellow line if possible.

Authorities in Metro’s Operations Control Center were alerted to smoke in a train tunnel between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom stations around 8 a.m. Ms. Dye said no trains or passengers were in the vicinity when the smoke was detected but “as a precaution we took down both tracks.”

The service disruption caused huge headaches for commuters, who were offloaded from trains at surrounding stations.

Metro has been under intense scrutiny since a January incident in which a passenger-filled train became trapped inside a tunnel near the L’Enfant Station and filled with smoke. One woman died and dozens of others had to be evacuated and hospitalized. The smoke is believed to be caused by an insulator supporting the train’s electrified third rail that experienced arcing.

Metro officials were still investigating the cause of Monday’s Rosslyn incident.

On Monday morning, a second smoke incident was also reported at the Capitol Heights Station in Prince George’s County.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS reported that Metro emergency response teams were sent into the tunnel near Capitol Heights to address an “insulator issue.”

By 9:30 a.m. the Capitol Heights station was back up and running by Metro officials were still working to restore service to the Northern Virginia and Foggy Bottom stations.

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