On Wednesday, the chair of the Washington Metro Board of Directors told lawmakers at a congressional hearing that the Rosslyn tunnel—the one that runs under the Potomac River between the District of Columbia and Virginia—poses one of the transit system’s biggest problems. The “Rosslyn bottleneck,” Jack Evans called it. He asked for federal funding that would go, in part, toward building a new tunnel there.
A day later, a train traveling along this track became stuck outside its next station stop in Rosslyn. The rain lost power, and all passengers aboard were forced to evacuate, according to the ones who had enough phone service to tweet about it.
Metro says more than 100 passengers were stuck for about an hour on a train outside the Rosslyn station in northern Virginia after the train became disabled by a mechanical problem.
Here’s a look inside:
Now being herded to front of train. pic.twitter.com/tq4PDriJYX— Jesse James Helfrich (@abbajabanana) April 14, 2016
Metro spokesman Dan Stessel told the AP the train broke down shortly after 2 p.m., stopping 100 feet from the platform. Between 100 and 200 passengers were stuck for about an hour before they were evacuated, he said. Crews have removed the disabled train and service has resumed.