Limited service on DC Metro to extend through November

Posted On: Dec 1, 2021   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - Commuters in the Washington area will face longer waits for Metro trains through at least the end of the month and probably longer, as more than half the fleet of train cars will remain out of service over safety issues.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld told reporters Friday there was no timeline for the return of the transit authority's 7000-series train cars, which were abruptly pulled from service this week after a derailing revealed a chronic problem with the wheels and axles. The 748 cars are the newest and comprise more than 60% of the fleet.
The derailing is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, and Wiedefeld said he couldn't comment on it while the investigation was ongoing.
In the meantime, Wiedefeld said Metro engineers were working to bring older retired cars back into service. But he said the older cars were undergoing rigorous inspections and he didn't expect them back in service until early November. Until then, riders can expect longer delays...

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