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False alarm announcement evacuates McPherson Metro

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Metro riders had a surprising scare Wednesday morning when the public address system told riders to evacuate the station.

Turns out there was no emergency, said Metro spokeswoman Morgan Dye.

The announcement ran by mistake just after 10 a.m. at the station that serves the Orange and Blue lines -- and is one of the closest to the White House.

She said there were no emergency personnel present and most riders realized it was a false alarm. However, it caused at least some riders to show concern on Twitter.

The incident was the latest trouble for the transit agency on when to tell riders to evacuate or not, including several incidents on trains when riders have left broken down trains when evacuation instructions were not clear. In this case, the instructions were clear but unfounded.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

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