But there's really no good alternative to just fixing the power problem and restoring service.
Passengers who did not realize the woman with a gun was a Metro Tranist officer in plain clothes were frightened to see her pointing it on the platform.
The problem was at McPherson Square and affected four busy downtown stations.
Starting at 8 p.m. on some lines and at 10 p.m. on all others, trains will run only every 20 to 25 minutes.
The elevators weren't working, at the only station accessible only by elevator.
Trains had to single-track because of the threat.
The power is back on, though elevators are still out of service.
A 7000-series train offloaded passengers at Fort Totten today.
Metro is better than it used to be at spreading the word, but handling a big disruption requires a bigger response.
Blue, Orange and Silver line trains had been single-tracking between McPherson Square and Federal Center.