Metro: Expect Delays, Fewer Trains, Crowds Due to Inspection Issue

Metro told passengers to expect fewer trains, longer waits and crowding on trains Thursday.

Officials warned riders that delays may occur because of a possible problems with rail car inspections, according to a statement.

Rail cars are inspected every day, Metro said. 

Metro officials say ATU Local 689, a union for Metro employees, was concerned about the inspection procedure for the new 7000-series rail cars. Metro says it voluntairily stopped inspections until the safety concern is resolved.

The Washington Post reports that a mechanic was shocked during an inspection, and now union members are refusing to inspect rail cars.

An update is expected this afternoon, Metro said.

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