Mikulski on Metro Shutdown: “I’m Frustrated That It Has Come To This”
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, to school and to worship, and for those visiting our Nation’s Capital, safety must be a number one priority.
“I’m frustrated that it has come to this. It is long past time that Metro get to the bottom of ongoing safety concerns. There must be a sense of urgency, certainty and solutions that stick when it’s done.
“I call upon OPM and all employers to provide flexibility to their workers so they aren’t penalized for this shutdown. Their lives will be drastically interrupted. I’m sorry for the passengers and what they are going through. But I would be even more sorry if this action wasn’t taken and something terrible happened.
“I look forward to working with Metro and safety experts on providing federal resources for long-term corrections that are long overdue.”
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]