(Updated at 2:45 p.m.) A power outage in the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station had commuters trying to navigate in the dark during rush hour today.
The station entrance at 9th and D streets SW was closed for about five hours because of the outage, but the station remained open. Portable lighting was set up on the lower-level Blue, Orange and Silver line platform.
Riders began sharing photos of the darkened station about 8:45 a.m.
The power is out in half of L'Enfant Plaza. I feel like I'm getting on board Space Mountain, not the DC metro. pic.twitter.com/CM8oHNz6Kj
— David Mariutto (@DavidMariutto) February 20, 2015
No power at L'Enfant Plaza metro station during rush hour. Customers having to use their phone lights to see. Get your act together, @WMATA.
— Mitchell Rivard (@mitchellrivard) February 20, 2015
Partial power outage in L'Enfant Plaza station means my commute is extra #spooky today.
meanwhile at L'Enfant Plaza. even the escalators and arrival board are off.
— Richard Sant (@richardsantjr) February 20, 2015
— Ryan Costello (@rycostello) February 20, 2015
— Kim Conrad (@kimberlymconrad) February 20, 2015
— Andrew Steffan (@AndrewSteffan) February 20, 2015
Power was restored and the station entrance at 9th and D streets SW was reopened by 1:45 p.m., Metro said in an update. Information on the cause of the outage was not immediately available.