DC to shut down entire subway system in commuter nightmare
By Danielle Furfaro
March 15, 2016 | 5:13pm
Washington DC commuters are in a panic after learning that officials plan to shut down the city’s entire subway system on Wednesday to check for danger.
Metro officials announced on Tuesday afternoon that they will close the system down for the whole day in order to perform emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables. They made the decision after a fire broke out on Monday morning near the McPherson Square station. The fire led to service interruptions on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines throughout the day.
The system – including all six Metrorail lines and all 91 stations – will shut down at midnight tonight and officials said it will reopen at 5 am on Thursday at the earliest.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said making the decision to shut the system down was difficult but necessary.
“While the risk to the public is very low, I cannot rule out a potential life safety issue here, and that is why we must take this action immediately,” Wiedefeld said. “When I say safety is our highest priority, I mean it. That sometimes means making tough, unpopular decisions, and this is one of those times. I fully recognize the hardship this will cause.”
Would-be riders expressed emotions ranging from dismay to anger to suspicion to the news.