The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) issued a news release stating that they will be decreasing train speeds for more than 6 months in order to repair the Stadium-Armory transformer that caught on fire. This will undoubtedly cause system wide delays. If you take the metro you will have to add some extra time into your travel plans.
WMATA issued the following news release on September 27, 2015:
Metro plans additional service change at Stadium-Armory Station to further ease rush-hour congestion, delays on Orange, Blue & Silver lines
During peak periods, Stadium-Armory Station will be served only by Blue Line trains
Starting Tuesday, September 29, Metro will implement an additional service change–affecting Stadium-Armory Station only–as another step to reduce “stop and go” rush-hour rides and congestion on the Orange, Silver and Blue lines following last week’s transformer fire.
During weekday rush hours, Stadium-Armory will be served by Blue Line trains only, while all Orange and Silver line trains will pass through the station without stopping. Customers traveling to or from Stadium-Armory will be able to use Blue Line trains at all times.
Orange and Silver trains will bypass Stadium-Armory weekdays from system opening until 10:00 a.m. and between 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Only Blue Line trains will stop at the station during these times. All trains–Orange, Silver and Blue–will service the station at all other times, including midday hours, evenings and weekends.
While the impact of this change is limited to one station, the benefit will be realized by tens of thousands of riders. This “skip stop” strategy is in addition to actions announced and implemented Friday to reduce congestion due to operating restrictions resulting from the transformer fire. On Friday, Metro began running Orange and Silver line trains every 8 minutes during rush hours, rather than every 6 minutes, to reduce the number of trains in service at any one time. Metro is also increasing the number of 8-car trains on the Orange and Blue lines to provide additional capacity.
To accommodate the small number of customers who travel between Stadium-Armory and Orange Line stations east of Stadium-Armory (e.g. Minnesota Avenue- New Carrollton), Metro will offer free shuttle buses between Stadium-Armory and Minnesota Avenue during the hours Stadium-Armory is bypassed.
The fire knocked offline a 9-megawatt power substation that converts commercial power to D/C electricity that is used to run trains via the third rail. Metro is currently “feeding” power to the area of Stadium-Armory from smaller substations farther away and that are already at their output capacity. To avoid overloading the system or disrupting service, Metro has been forced to reduce train speeds and limit the number of trains passing through the Stadium-Armory area.
Metro’s engineering and power departments are working to demolish and rebuild the damaged substation and replace equipment on an expedited basis – a process that is estimated to take more than six months.