If you took the train to work this morning, most likely you had an awful time of it. Metro had a power interruption on the Eastern end of the Orange and Blue lines, thanks to commercial power failure due to PEPCO between Potomac Avenue and Cheverly/Benning Road. That meant that Metro had to operate at lower speeds to backfill their power supply up the line through the area that was underserved. In addition, that meant no 8-car trains on the Orange line throughout the system.
Add to that a sick passenger on the Red Line at White Flint, which required single-tracking from Twinbrook and Grosvenor, and another one at Dupont Circle, which caused a short delay between Farragut North and Dupont, and also reports of a deer on the metro platform at Arlington Cemetery, and you’ve got a pretty bad morning. Metro is reporting that power should be restored today at the broken site, but it’s not clear right now if that’s enough time to return 8-car trains to service this evening before rush.