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Commuters Drink Up Another Day Of Metro Woes

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Steve Birr Vice Reporter

D.C. Metro riders hoping for an easy commute Monday were met with delays after track failures on the red, orange, blue and silver lines.

The final day for Surge 4 repairs from Metro’s SafeTrack plan began with single tracking along the red line after an unknown issue prompted unscheduled maitinence. Officials fixed the issue by roughly 6 a.m., but a signal problem reported at the same time at the Stadium-Armory station caused additional headaches for workers and riders, reports The Washington Post.

The mechanical failure persisted throughout the morning commute, delaying riders on the orange, blue and silver lines, with some trains being forced to empty. Metro officials said they resolved the issue at roughly 9 a.m.

Metro officials are wrapping up repairs along certain segments of the blue and yellow lines. Officials closed the blue and yellow line tracks between the Pentagon City and Reagan National Airport stations July 12 for Surge 4 SafeTrack repairs, ending Monday. Trains along portions of the orange and silver lines will be continuously single-track beginning Wednesday for 12 days between the Ballston and East Falls Church stations for the same reason.

Officials are warning riders to consider alternate routes amid the repairs. Orange and silver line trains will run once every 18 minutes to the Ballston station.

The latest surge of track work impacted roughly 86,000 riders and greatly reduced service on the Metro lines in the area, reports Fox 5.

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