The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said crews found 26 damaged jumper cables. By 5 p.m. Wednesday, 18 defects were repaired and eight others remained open. Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld said they aim to reopen the Metro as scheduled at 5 a.m. Thursday. If crews can't complete all the repairs, bus bridges will be in service where trains cannot travel. WMATA said this is the first time the entire Metro system has been closed for non-weather-related conditions.
A fire on the tracks led to major delays throughout the system on Monday. The fire was caused by the same kind of electrical component that malfunctioned last year, causing a train to fill with smoke inside a downtown Washington tunnel. Last year a woman died from smoke inhalation. This added to our excitement for the day. We get to our class on Wednesdays in Columbia Heights using the trains. We realized that we had to figure out a bus route. We left extra early knowing that the buses would be very crowded when people started heading home from work. It was an adventure but we made our connections coming and going. We met a man several months ago at a bus stop that said he refused to ride the trains. He felt they were unsafe. 700,000 people ride the trains every day. You can imagine the mess that created.
Elder Anthony was so busy today getting ready for the CNA inspections with Scott that he didn't make it to our inservice meeting. He is setting up a new lighting proposal. He helped clean up around the outside of the building so everything would be ready for the inspection. For the second time we are going to have to split up. I will need to drive over and teach our mothers class and Elder Anthony will have to stay for the inspection. It is strange when we are not together but we will need to divide to conquer.