WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Metrorail riders and commuters will have to wait a little longer for full rail service to be restored, as WMATA announced this week that its 7000-series cars will be out of service for at least three more months.
The cars were first taken out of service in the fall after a train derailed in northern Virginia. The announcement comes after WMATA began reintroducing hundreds of 7000-series cars to its fleet several weeks ago before phasing them out again.
Metro says the main safety issues with the 7000 series cars relate to their axles.
Metro’s announcement came a day after district council members sent a letter to Metro asking for responses to the service disruption and lack of communication.
General Council member Christina Henderson, who wrote the letter, said: ‘At this time we have no part of our system operating at one hundred percent capacity and no part of our system where I feel like the average DC resident feels one hundred percent. percent confident that they will show up at a platform or bus stop and that they will arrive on time.
“Our request still remains the same,” council member Henderson said. “As quickly and safely as possible, we need to bring the WMATA lines into full service.” In the meantime, the Commission would like to see improvements in the communication of decisions and the reliability of current services. “It’s a real strain on the system, but I’m also concerned about the overall confidence people have in using WMATA in the future.”
The Board will receive a briefing from WMATA on Tuesday, January 18, prior to the Committee of the Whole meeting, and will follow up again with their letter before the end of January.
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