Major power outage leaves downtown dark

Update | 3:06 p.m. Metro has posted a press release on their Web site regarding this morning’s service interruptions. They also issued an advisory stating that any customers who left the system unprocessed will be able to use their farecards during the evening rush hour.

Update | 10:54 a.m. Power returned to the downtown area after the city restored the electrical substation in Chinatown, according to an e-mail sent from the D.C. alert system.

An electrical substation in Chinatown failed this morning resulting in power outages throughout downtown D.C., according to an e-mail from the District’s alert system.

The Dupont Circle, Shaw-Howard U, Farragut North, Farragut West and McPherson Square Metro stations are running on emergency power, which a Metro spokesperson said could make elevators, escalators and fare card vending machines inoperable, according to The Washington Post. However, the stations remain open, The Post said.

City officials do not know when power will be resumed, according the alert system e-mail.

Metrorail service is also affected this morning because of a fire on the Red Line, according to a later e-mail sent from the District’s alert system. Although the fire has been extinguished, delays exceeding an hour remain for commuters using the Red Line, the e-mail said.

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