- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has imposed speed restrictions on trains in three zones to comply with a safety directive from the Federal Transit Administration.

Metro announced Monday that the new restrictions were imposed late last week.

The restrictions will affect zones including the entire east-west tunnel across Washington that is shared by three lines. They will limit the trains’ maximum speed to 45 mph and will affect their rate of acceleration out of the stations.

Metro said in a news release that the restrictions were imposed to reduce the electrical power draw by trains.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the restrictions will remain in place until the FTA feels comfortable that the rail system can handle its previous level of power.

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