To do this, the control center declined to shut off power when inspectors arrived and trains continued to roll across the section. Finally, was decided that after decades of maintenance neglect, Metro next month will begin a huge subway rebuilding effort. That will inconvenience nearly everyone who uses the system, with stretches of some rail lines closed for days, a reduction in late-night weekend service and a slowdown of trains throughout the year-long project. “It’s what needs to be done,” General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld declared in an interview.
The exact impact on people’s lives and for business can’t be estimated. Starting in June, 15 work projects, each called a “safety surge.” will be conducted one after another along different stretches of the 118-mile system.