Metro Sustains Minimal Damage, Reopens At 2 P.M. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Metro Sustains Minimal Damage, Reopens At 2 P.M.

Play associated audio
Metro is back in business at 2 p.m., but travel might be slow as they operate on a Sunday schedule.
Glyn Lowe: http://www.flickr.com/photos/glynlowe/6374004239/
Metro is back in business at 2 p.m., but travel might be slow as they operate on a Sunday schedule.

After a rare extended shut down of its entire rail and bus system, the first since 2003, Metro is ready to start carrying passengers again as Sandy departs.

The ominous forecasts of what Sandy might have done has Metro officials feeling fortunate for the relative ease with which they will be able to reopen.

"Given the magnitude of the storm, the potential for high winds, the potential for flooding conditions, we view ourselves as very lucky," says Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

The lack of widespread commercial power outages helped, too. Overall, there was minimal damage to the rail lines.

"Construction fencing blowing onto tracks. We had some water infiltration in several stations, we had water pooling in elevator and escalator maintenance rooms underneath the units," says Stessel. "But nothing that would prevent us from re-opening."

Rail and bus are operating on Sunday service levels as of 2 p.m. Tuesday, but are charging weekday fares.

"It may take up to 30 minutes for trains to filter through the system so you want to give it a little bit of time from two o'clock," says Stessel, cautioning riders to be patient.

MetroAccess service remains cancelled and is expected to be restored tomorrow, along with full service for bus and rail.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Oct. 1

Music from West Africa and photography from South East Asia come to the D.C. area.

NPR

From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

Researchers have found a gene that affects how strongly you experience bitter flavors. And those who aren't as sensitive eat about 200 more servings of vegetables per year.
WAMU 88.5

Legal Limbo No More: Bill To Go Before D.C. Council Lays Out Ridesharing Rules

Cab drivers in D.C. have long complained that their app-based, ridesharing competition are unregulated. Now D.C. Council member Mary Cheh is introducing a bill that would address these concerns.

NPR

'Ello' Aims For A Return To Ad-Free Social Networking

Ello is the viral social network of the moment. Ad-free, invitation-only and with the option of anonymity, it's generating tons of chatter as the latest alternative to Facebook.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.