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Red Line stations from Shady Grove to Medical Center, pictured, could close for as long as six weeks.
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Red Line stations from Shady Grove to Medical Center, pictured, could close for as long as six weeks.

Water infiltration in several stations on Metro's Red Line may force the closure of stations in Maryland for several weeks. Lawmakers are expressing frustration about not being informed.

Montgomery County council member Roger Berliner says Metro has not discussed the Red Line closure plans with Montgomery County officials.

"I'm a little aggravated and little disappointed, actually," says Berliner.

Metro is considering closing the Red Line stations between Shady Grove and Medical Center for about six weeks. Passengers would be shuttled on traffic-choked Wisconsin Avenue.

"The notion that people would get off Metro and take a shuttle bus in my judgement totally undermines the reason why people would use the Metro in the first instance," Berliner says.

Metro says the water corrodes the rails, causes electrical shortages and requires constant and expensive short-term fixes. The transit agency stresses, however, that the infiltration is not a safety problem but a long-term maintenance issue that requires a long-term fix.

Metro is promising to provide plenty of advanced notice to the affected communities whatever it plans to do.

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