Metrorail Shuts Down for a Day Forcing Commuters to Find Alternatives (VIDEO)

Metrorail service was suspended on Wednesday for emergency inspections after a tunnel fire near McPherson Square Station on Monday. For many Montgomery County residents that meant longer commutes and finding alternative methods of transportation. In this MyMCMedia video, area residents talk about their commuting experiences and give advice on how Metro officials should handle maintenance issues in the future. Willie James Inman reports.


Residents Find Ways To Commute Without Metrorail Service (PHOTOS)


Metrorail service remained suspended on Wednesday for emergency inspections following a tunnel fire near McPherson Square Station on Monday. Metro officials say nearly 600 “jumper cables” need to be inspected due to safety concerns. For Montgomery County commuters who rely on the service that meant looking for alternative methods of transportation.  Gregory Newsome uses the […]

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Metro Closes System All Day Wednesday for Emergency Inspections


Metro General Manager/CEO Paul Wiedefeld has announced the full closure of the Metrorail system on Wednesday, March 16, for emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables following an early morning tunnel fire yesterday. This is the first time the system has been shut down for non-weather conditions. According to a news release, the inspections […]

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Ride On Bus Service Adding Buses on Wednesday

Ride On Bus driver

Montgomery County’s Ride On bus service is planning to add buses when possible to routes on Wednesday in response to the Metro rail outage. According to a county news release, there are 85,000 daily Metro rail travelers in Montgomery County. Commuters are encouraged to adjust their travel plans accordingly. Montgomery County Government will be open […]

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Mikulski on Metro Shutdown: "I'm Frustrated That It Has Come To This"

Barbara Mikulski visits Montgomery College

U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski issued the following statement on WMATA’s decision to shut down Metro: “This decision is an incredible disruption to everyone who uses Metrorail. However, safety first must be a mandate. More than 700,000 people ride this system each day. For those who work on it, for those who ride it to work, […]

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Sonya Burke

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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