Trains will no longer bypass the station during rush hour, which they’ve done since a fire damaged a 9-megawatt power substation that helps power trains at the station Sept. 25. The decision to cut Orange and Silver line service to the station on weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 7:30 p.m. was widely opposed by residents and local ANC commissioners.
Though the service interruptions were expected to last until the end of the year, Requa said in his statement that Metro maintenance workers found a way to end the service interruptions by upgrading the capacity of another power substation near the Potomac Avenue Metro station.
By increasing the power output of the Potomac Avenue substation, Metro is able to generate enough power to resume Orange and Silver line service at Stadium-Armory.
“As an Orange Line rider myself, I know firsthand how much our customers on these three lines have had to endure since the fire,” Requa said in the statement. “I am encouraged by the creative solution that was identified and implemented to allow normal service at Stadium-Armory Station.”
The trains will still run on a slightly limited schedule, with Orange and Silver line trains running every eight minutes during rush hour as opposed to the usual six. Both lines are set to return to six-minute intervals when construction on the Stadium-Armory substation finishes at the end of the year.