“all metrorail services have been restored and is fully operational as of 5:00 AM”

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Update from ALERTDC:

“Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) reports all metrorail services have been restored and is fully operational as of 5:00 AM on Thursday, March 17th, 2016.”


“As of 9:45p • RD inspections OK, normal tomorrow • YL/GR inspections OK, normal tomorrow • BL/OR/SV still being analyzed/update soon”

Full release:

“Metrorail service on all six lines and at all 91 stations will resume tomorrow at 5 a.m. following emergency inspections of the system’s underground third-rail power cables.

As of 10 p.m., Metro crews have completed inspections of approximately 600 “jumper cables” located in the underground portion of the Metrorail system. Over the past 22 hours, 26 locations were identified where damaged jumper cables and connector boots needed to be repaired or replaced. All but four locations have been remedied as of 9 p.m. Repairs at the four remaining locations are underway.

Metro is advising customers of the following service information:

Trains on the Red, Yellow and Green lines will operate on a regular weekday schedule Thursday following clear inspections on all three lines.
On the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, there is a slight chance of service changes if an ongoing repair effort at Foggy Bottom cannot be completed prior to Metrorail’s 5 a.m. opening time. If repairs continue at the current pace, Metro expects to operate Blue, Orange and Silver line service on a regular weekday schedule. However, in the event that repairs are not completed in time, Metro will single track between Clarendon and Foggy Bottom, running Orange Line trains between Vienna and New Carrollton and Silver Line trains between Wiehle-Reston and Largo. The Blue Line would be rerouted over the Yellow Line bridge.

As always, customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts to receive service information via email or text message.

Investigators are reviewing the history of the damaged boots and cables, and all findings will be shared with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Investigators will then review inspection records, age of materials and maintenance records to identify any procedures that were not followed or standards that were not met.

The unprecedented suspension of Metrorail service on Wednesday followed an early morning electrical fire involving a cable in the tunnel outside McPherson Square Station on Monday, March 14. There were no injuries; however, service was disrupted along the Blue, Orange and Silver lines throughout the day.”

4 Comment

  • As much of a pain as this is, the new GM seems to be making a big difference. I don’t envy his job as he is going to have to take the brunt of what has been neglected. The joke is seeing the WMATA board (cough Jack Evans cough), who carried along with the horrible management for years, marry themselves to him. Wish they could all be fired too.

  • That second to last paragraph is key. Not only finding and fixing the problems, but finding out how they came to be problems in the first place.
    I’m cautiously impressed.

    • maxwell smart

      100% agree. Inheriting the mess that is our metro rail is a challenge that, like yesterday’s shutdown, is going to require making and executing some difficult and likely unpopular decisions. I think this is a step in the right direction.

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