Metro: Expect fewer trains, delays and crowding

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Metro warns riders to expect fewer trains, delays, and possible crowding throughout the Metrorail system on Thursday.

WMATA said they have initiated a “safety stand-down” and temporary suspension of mechanical inspections on the 7000-series railcars after ATU Local 689 raised a safety concern. The concern involved procedures for inspecting ground brushes, which are part of the train’s undercarriage and runs negative electrical currents to the rails.

In order to operate, railcars must undergo daily inspections, according to Metro. As a result of the suspension, WMATA says riders may experience fewer 8-car trains, longer waits between trains, and crowding.

The statement also said that there will be meetings with the railcar manufacturer on Thursday, as well as the union to review and discuss the safety concerns.