D.C. Metro shuts down for 29 hours with less than a day’s notice

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Metrorail has shut down service Wednesday, March 16, with less than a day’s notice for emergency inspections of the system’s third-rail power cables.

Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld made the decision to shut down for 29 hours following a recent fire. The precautionary measures aim to prevent incidents like last year’s fatal fire.