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No Metrorail Today in Washington, D.C.

At midnight last night, the Washington, D.C. region's trains stopped for a sudden, potentially alarming safety inspection. Commuters, rerouted and upset, were only given a day's notice of the impending systemwide shutdown.
March 16, 2016, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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D.C. Metro officials took surprising, drastic measures today, announcing the systemwide closure of the Metrorail system today, March 16, 2016.

The announcement came only the day before the sudden closure, announced by Metro General Manager and CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld, with support from the Authority's Board of Directors. According to the press release announcing the closure,

The inspections of approximately 600 "jumper cables" will occur along all tunnel segments on the Metrorail system. At the conclusion of the inspection process, there may be a need for additional rail service outages. Any further service impacts will be announced to the public as soon as they are known.

The press release also notes that the Metro bus system would still be in operation, and provided link to the variety of bus services available in the Metrorail service area.

Unsurprisingly, the announcement produced no small amount of shock and news coverage. Here's a sample of coverage—varying from hard news coverage of the coverage, to the responses of lawmakers at the state and federal levels, and the impact of the closure on the commute around the nation's capital:

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Published on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
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