Washington, D.C., is bringing old metro cars out of the mothballs as an investigation into a Blue Line derailment last week keeps most of the newer models off the tracks.
Metro took all 748 of its 7000-series cars, about 60% of its fleet, off the tracks after the derailment, which occurred near Arlington National Cemetery and caused no injuries, Metro officials said.
In the meantime, Metro said that it will be employing the 2000 series and 6000 series cars to reduce wait times, NBC 4 reports. Cars from the 6000 series previously experienced safety issues and were known to separate from each other on the tracks.
Mayor Muriel Bowser, a former member of Metro's board, said she is closely monitoring Metro's investigation into the derailment.
"I know the inspections are happening at the rate they're supposed to happen and I’m hopeful that the cars that have been taken out of service for inspection will be back in service very soon,” Bowser said.
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Original Author: Matthew Miller
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