WASHINGTON – Commuters in the nation’s capital are returning to their regular routines after an unprecedented daylong shutdown of the Washington subway system.
But the problems that led to the closure won’t be fixed so easily and will continue to cause headaches for riders, some of whom have already abandoned the aging system because of safety and reliability concerns.
The 29-hour shutdown is scheduled to end at 5 a.m. Thursday. It was ordered to allow workers to inspect 600 third-rail power cables throughout the Metro transit system. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said the inspection was essential to ensure passenger safety after an electrical fire on the tracks Monday.
The inspections revealed 26 areas needing replacement or repair, including three that Wiedefeld called “show-stoppers.”