Subway train commuters in Washington DC will experience significant delays Monday, as local authorities investigate a car derailment that occurred last week.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority announcement Sunday night that its 7000 series cars – about 60% of Metrorail’s fleet – would be taken out of service on Monday, leaving just 40 six-car trains on the metro’s six rail lines.
“This will only allow a basic service model on all lines, with a departure every 30 minutes or so,” WMATA wrote on Twitter.
WMATA urged its passengers to consider other forms of travel on Monday, like the Metrobus. And in anticipation of delayed travel, the DC public school system said on Sunday that late arrivals of students would be excused.
Monday’s investigations follow a train derailment on the Metrorail Blue Line on October 13. The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission ordered the 7000 series service suspension after inspectors discovered one of the car’s axles was “out of specification”. According to WMSC, similar defects were found in other 7000 series wagons.
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The National Transportation Safety Board noted he would hold a press briefing at 10 a.m. on Monday to take stock of the investigation.
“We share a sense of urgency to understand why the derailment occurred,” wrote Paul Wiedefeld, chief executive and CEO of Metro, in a note to employees obtained by WTOP News.
Contribute: The Associated Press.