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From the Washington Post


For the second time in a month, an electrical problem shut down part of the Red Line yesterday, disrupting the morning commute for thousands of Metro riders. But the two-hour shutdown, triggered by a fire about 5 a.m., was less severe than the one March 18.


Yesterday's incident was caused by an electrical fire at an above-ground substation where a contractor was replacing cable Sunday night, said Lem Proctor, Metro's chief operating officer for rail. The substation is at Connecticut Avenue and Belmont Road NW between the Woodley Park-Zoo and Dupont Circle Metro stations. Track was shut down between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations.


Because the shutdown occurred before Metro's normal 5:30 a.m. opening, transit officials had time to round up 23 shuttle buses and dispatch 26 transit workers to help direct passengers at the affected stations, spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. Metro also asked for help from D.C. police, who sent nine officers, she said. The buses carried 2,237 passengers around the trouble spots, she said.

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