3 Blue Line stations remain closed as derailment investigation continue

For a second day in a row, there will be no rail line service between the Rosslyn and Pentagon Metro stations on the Blue Line, as Metro continues to investigate a train derailment that left riders stranded during Tuesday’s afternoon commute.

Free shuttle buses are replacing trains between Rosslyn, Arlington National Cemetery and Pentagon stations. Shuttles will also be available between Rosslyn and Pentagon stations. Virginia riders are encouraged to use the Blue Line service to L’Enfant Plaza for transfers to the Orange and Silver lines.

Commuters using the Orange or Silver lines as alternatives should expect delays to Vienna and Wiehle-Reston because of a switch problem at Smithsonian. Both lines are also single-tracking between Clarendon and Foggy Bottom.

For the latest on Metro transit and traffic, see WTOP’s traffic page or listen to updates every 10 minutes online or on the air at 103.5 FM.

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The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the derailment, which occurred outside Arlington National Cemetery.

In a message to Metro employees Wednesday, General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld said the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission and the transit agency would participating in the investigation.

The derailment happened Tuesday just before 5 p.m. on a Blue Line train heading toward the Franconia-Springfield station. Metro received a report of a disabled Blue Line train in the tunnel between Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations. An inspection found that a 7000-series train had partially derailed.

Stranded passengers were escorted in groups to walk about a quarter-mile from where the train was stuck to Arlington National Cemetery.

WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and Alejandro Alvarez contributed to this report.


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