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Green/Yellow lines snarled after fire in the tunnel

5:41 p.m. Update:

Metro just announced that the Green and Yellow Line trains are no longer single-tracking. Riders should expect residual delays and crowding in both directions.

4:50 p.m. Update:

Green and Yellow Line trains are sharing a track due to a fire on the tracks between the Archives and L’Enfant Plaza stations, creating delays for workers as the afternoon rush gets underway.

Trains are single-tracking between the Mount Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza stations, so riders on these lines should be ready for delays of 15 to 20 minutes, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

The initial report is of a small debris fire on the northbound tracks, Stessel said, though he added that this was the first report and could change. The D.C. Fire Department is on the scene, he said.

Riders trying to leave the District for Virginia on the Yellow Line should consider taking the Blue Line as an alternative, Stessel said.

“There’s a small fire, it’s in the tunnel itself,” he said. “It’s not affecting the stations, L’Enfant Plaza or Archives.”

There have been some reports of smoke on the station platforms, but he said Metro is ventilating the stations with tunnel fans and the stations remain open.



Original post:

Metro trains on the Green and Yellow lines are single-tracking between the L’Enfant Plaza and Archives stations due to what the transit agency is calling a track problem near the Archives stop.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.



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