Washington, D.C. Metro to be Closed for 29 Hours Beginning Midnight Tonight
Metro riders in the Nation’s Capital will have to find another way to get around the city on Wednesday, March 16, as the entire Metrorail system will be shut down for the entirety of the day.
Metro officials made the announcement late Tuesday afternoon.
The decision to shut down the system comes a day after an electrical fire in a Metro tunnel early Monday caused massive delays on three of the Metrorail’s lines. The incident was caused by track-based power cables.
During the shutdown, approximately 600 cables will be checked in all the Metrorail’s tunnels.
The system will close beginning at midnight tonight, and will last through midnight Wednesday, with Metrorail scheduled to open back up for riders beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday, the normal weekday opening time for the system. However, if cables are found that could potentially be dangerous, the closure could be extended further while the necessary repairs are made.
Travelers who anticipated taking the Metro to and from Washington Reagan National Airport, a station on the system’s Blue and Yellow Lines, will have to find other means of reaching the airport on March 16, and potentially the 17.
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