DC Metro stops 60% of trains due to a defect | Washington, DC news


WASHINGTON (AP) – Washington DC subway trains will only run every 30 minutes on Monday while local authorities investigate an issue with the axles of their newest carriages, officials said on Sunday.

A defect was discovered in a car that derailed on the metro’s Blue Line last week, and the same problem was found in several other 7000 series railcars, according to a statement from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Because of the defect, known as a non-compliant axle, the Washington Metro Safety Commission ordered all 7000 series railcars to be taken out of service by 5 a.m. on Monday morning.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it would hold a press conference at 10 a.m. on Monday to announce the derailment.

The affected railcars make up around 60% of the fleet, 40 trains remain. According to the safety commission, the time required for the inspection of all other trains has not yet been determined.

All lines will operate a “basic service pattern,” the traffic authority said, meaning trains would only depart about every 30 minutes.

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Metro encouraged customers to consider alternative forms of travel on Monday, and DC’s public school system advised parents to expect an impact on school operations.

“Please allow extra time for your drive to and from school,” DCPS wrote in a statement on Sunday. “Late student arrivals are marked as excused.”

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