- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro has released a revised schedule for its yearlong maintenance plan after federal officials asked for changes to the original plan.

The transit agency released the new plan Thursday in response to the Federal Transit Administration’s concern that some of the most urgently needed fixes weren’t being addressed immediately. The FTA says in a statement that it approves of the new schedule.

Earlier this month, Metro announced a year of rolling shutdowns and slowdowns as officials try to improve its safety and reliability. Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has said Metro has fallen so far behind on maintenance that it’s impossible to catch up at night and on weekends.

The revised schedule moves up repairs that will significantly reduce service for orange, silver and blue line riders.

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