Daily de­lays on three Metro lines could end

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Paul Dug­gan

Daily rush-hour slow­downs on Metro’s Or­ange, Sil­ver, and Blue lines could be over by the end of the year, in­stead of last­ing at least six months, be­cause engi­neers have come up with a pos­si­ble tem­po­rary so­lu­tion for the power short­age that is caus­ing the prob­lem, the transit agency said.

Thou­sands of riders have suf­fered more ag­gra­va­tion than usual since Sept. 21, when fire dam­aged a rail power sub­sta­tion, forc­ing Metro to re­duce the fre­quency of trains on the Sil­ver and Or­ange lines dur­ing rush hours and to im­pose lower speed lim­its near the Sta­dium-Ar­mory sta­tion, where those lines and the Blue Line share tracks. Be­cause dam­age at the sub­sta­tion turned out to be less se­vere than orig­i­nally thought, some equip­ment might be tem­po­rar­ily us­able while the re­build­ing is un­der­way, Metro said.

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