Metro temporarily removes some railcars for inspection

WASHINGTON — Fewer cars will run on Metro this week as investigators try to figure out what caused doors to open while a train was zipping through a tunnel in May.

In a news release, Metro says it’s pulling the 4000-series railcars for an inspection to last through the weekend. 

As a result, there won’t be as many 8-car trains during rush hour on the Red, Blue, Orange and Green lines. As long as there aren’t problems with the cars, they’ll be back in service next week.

Metro’s Dan Stessel does say that the Blue and Red lines will each have one 8-car train.

Additionally, Metro said there will be fewer 8-car trains on Mondays and Fridays all summer long for maintenance.

In a video posted to Facebook on May 31, doors on a train are seen wide open as the car traveled between Metro Center and Farragut North.

According to Metro there are plans to replace all of the 4000-series cars in the coming years.

WTOP’s Michelle Basch contributed to this report.

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