Hoyer Statement on Wednesday's Metro Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) released the following statement today after the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors and General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced that the Metrorail system will close on Wednesday, March 16 for a safety inspection of its third-rail power cables:

“I am deeply disappointed on behalf of the thousands of Fifth District commuters, including federal employees, who rely on Metro every day to get to work but will have to find another way tomorrow. I am also disappointed that Metro’s safety issues require such a drastic step to be taken. I am hopeful that the actions taken by the Metro Board of Directors and General Manager Wiedefeld to close the system will address the ongoing safety problems with Metro’s electric cables and improve the safety of the subway system. I will continue to urge WMATA leadership to put forth a plan that will ensure the safety of the system as they work to address their challenges and to restore the trust and confidence of its riders and stakeholders.

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