The radio outage was caused by an overnight power problem, which kept the radios from returning to normal until about 9:40 a.m., a Metro spokesman said. The communications problem did not create any delays for riders though.
Metro Board Chairman Jack Evans acknowledged “there is no excuse” for radios not working 100 percent of the time, but downplayed the idea that there are widespread problems.
When a Red Line train derailed inside a tunnel between Metro Center and Farragut North, the train operator and a transit police officer’s radios lost contact for at least 10 minutes.
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