After completing necessary rail replacement on the Metro SubwayLink system, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will reopen service on the entire system at 5 a.m. on Friday, March 9, three days ahead of schedule. During the closure, Governor Hogan committed $2.2 million to provide shuttle buses to maintain service for the Metro SubwayLink. As a thank you to our riders for their patience, passengers on Metro SubwayLink will ride free of charge from March 9 through March 11.
“Safety will always be our first priority,” said MDOT MTA Administrator Kevin Quinn. “The decision to reopen the Metro SubwayLink system came after a thorough inspection of our tracks to ensure their safety and reliability. We are pleased to restore service to our riders earlier than originally planned and appreciate their patience during this time.”
The reopening of the Metro SubwayLink system follows a thorough inspection of the rail work by MDOT MTA inspectors, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and State Safety Oversight (SSO) inspectors. Hands-on, physical track inspections were complemented by geometry car testing, an automated testing vehicle that provides an additional assessment of track conditions.
MDOT MTA is still scheduled to complete additional rail work in Summer 2018. The agency will make every effort to mitigate disruption for our riders of any further work required.
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