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.
If something happens in a Metro tunnel a radio should be the fastest way to get help. But Metro train operators worry that recently exposed testing lapses have contributed to ongoing problems.
A recent batch of reports by Federal Transit Administration inspectors found that Metro employees struggle to use the existing radio system, which has contributed to train delays and has led to trains speeding into work zones unaware of the track crews ahead.
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