DC Metrorail System Shuts Down for Fire Safety Inspections

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March 16, 2016

“The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, WMATA, suspended all of its Metrorail service in the Washington, D.C., region March 16, for emergency inspections, causing commuting nightmares for residents of the nation’s capital, according to local news reports. Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld announced the move the previous afternoon, with WMATA announcing it was supported by the authority’s Board of Directors and that the emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables are necessary after an early morning tunnel fire the previous day.”

Referenced: Occupational Health & Safety Onlinehttps://ohsonline.com/articles/2016/03/16/dc-metrorail-system-shut-down-for-fire-safety-inspections.aspx

The entire DC rail system closed Wednesday for safety checks. (Photo from Fox5DC News
The entire DC rail system closed Wednesday for safety checks. (Photo from Fox5DC News)