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Major DC Metro Repair Effort Kicks Off With Track Failure, Massive Delays

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

Track breakdowns marked the first rush-hour commute Monday during D.C. Metro’s 10-month long “SafeTrack” repair plan, hitting commuters with massive delays.

In the early hours of the commute, passengers along the yellow line were met with delays after a “train malfunction” at the Huntington station. Officials fixed the issue, but warned riders of residual delays throughout the morning due to the mechanical problem.

Officials reported a track switch failure outside the East Falls Church station along Metro’s orange and silver lines just after 8 a.m., which is continuing to cause delays heading in both directions, reports The Washington Post.

Metro officials warned last week that despite forewarning from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), riders are largely unprepared for the magnitude of the repair effort, estimated to cost $60 million, and for the scope of the impact it will have on daily workweek commutes.

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