Delays for Metro riders on Blue Line because of a possible gas leak in area

Updated at 2:36 p.m.

Trains are no longer single-tracking and normal rail service has been restored.

Updated at 1:25 p.m.

Metro said trains are now running on some limited parts of the Blue Line after earlier reports about a gas leak in the area.

At 1:09 p.m., the transit agency said in an alert to its riders that trains were running between Huntington and Largo Town Center stops and between Franconia and Van Dorn Street stops. Buses are replacing train service between the Van Dorn Street and King Street stations.

At 1:27 p.m., Metro sent another alert. It advised riders that some rail service along the Blue Line had been restored. Trains are sharing a track between Braddock Road and Van Dorn Street stations.

But it warned that riders should expect delays in both directions.

Original post at 1 p.m.

Metro said Wednesday that service on its Blue Line would be temporarily suspended in a section of Virginia because of a possible gas leak in the area.

The service is suspended between Van Dorn Street and King Street stations. The transit agency said it has requested that bus services be sent to the area.

The alert went out to Metro subscribers just before 1 p.m. It was not immediately clear how long the service would be suspended.

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Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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