- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The daylong shutdown of the Metro system for safety inspections is costing some local transit agencies that provided commuters with other options.

WTOP-FM reports (bit.ly/1Pjiq4y) that the Fairfax Connector spent $10,000 to run emergency shuttle routes between Franconia-Springfield, Vienna and Wiehle-Reston East Metro Stations and the bus transfer station at the Pentagon. The Fairfax Connector, which is run by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, says it will cover the cost.

The D.C. Department of Transportation says will also cover the cost for the free DC Circulator rides provided on Wednesday. The agency says it had between 15 and 20 percent more riders than normal that day.

Metro’s general manager said the inspection revealed three areas where power cables were so badly damaged that it wasn’t safe to run trains.

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Information from: WTOP-FM, https://www.wtop.com

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