Train Failure Kicks Off Final Day Of Latest SafeTrack Repairs


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An unspecified train malfunction along the silver line at the East Falls Church station sent delays reverberating throughout the D.C. Metro system Monday on the final day of Surge 3 SafeTrack repairs.

Officials warned of delays heading out to the Wiehle-Reston station and possible congestion on the silver line going into Washington, D.C. Officials cleared the issue by 7 a.m., but alerted riders residual delays would be likely throughout the rush-hour commute, reports The Washington Post.

Riders continue to express frustration at the regular delays and maintenance failures that plague the system. (RELATED: Another Metro Track Fire Causes Headache For DC Commuters)

Metro officials are wrapping up repairs along certain segments of the blue and yellow lines. Officials closed the blue and yellow line tracks between Reagan National Airport and Braddock Road stations July 5 for Surge 3 SafeTrack repairs, ending Monday. The latest surge of track work impacted roughly 50,000 riders and reduced service on the Metro lines south of the Pentagon by roughly 50 percent.

Additional portions of the blue and yellow lines will shut down Tuesday for a week between Reagan National Airport and Pentagon City, affecting roughly 86,000 riders.

In addition to the full shutdown of rail service between Reagan National Airport and Pentagon City, the Crystal City station will close starting Tuesday. Commuters travelling from Virginia are expected to bear the brunt of delays, but the maintenance will impact travel times throughout the Metro system.

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