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Metro officials say trains will continue to run manually for an indefinite period. But union officials say the agency needs to make sure its operators are getting enough relief. As a precaution, the system has been operating in manual mode since a major crash on June 22nd. Nine people were killed. Metro's General Manager John Catoe says trains will not run on the automatic system again until problems related to the crash are fixed.

But some experts say staying in manual mode still can be risky. The job is repetitive and operators could get tired. It also requires more concentration. The union representing the train operators says it's working to ensure that members have sufficient breaks during their shifts. Manually operated trains also move slower, so passengers should expect continued long waits as well as less comfortable rides.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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