UPDATED: Sept. 23, 2015 5:58 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Metro service on the green and yellow lines was suspended on what was already a busy traffic day due to the arrival of Pope Francis.
Green line service was suspended between U Street and Fort Totten and all yellow line service begins and ends at Mt. Vernon Square. Metro says service was restored around 11 p.m. Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue stations were also reopened.
Service was suspended for nearly five hours.
Metro says the issue is due to a third rail power outage.
GR/YL (1/2): Preliminary investigation: Problem appears to be related to a "remote terminal unit" that failed IAO Georgia Ave Sta. #wmata— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) September 23, 2015
GR/YL (2/2): RTUs allow ROCC to remotely control various systems, incl power. Personnel will remain on scene to ensure reliability #wmata— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) September 23, 2015
According to audio from a Metro train conductor, the outage occurred between the Columbia Heights and the Georgia Avenue stations.
D.C. firefighters evacuated the affected train, which stopped 100 feet away from the Georgia Avenue station, according to Metro Transit Police.
Train w/o power is now clear of passengers. Last of passengers making way to Georgia Ave station now. #wmata— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) September 22, 2015
Metro officials say it will take some time to find the source of the outage and restore power.
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