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Re: Fire Cripples 2 Subway Lines

Joe Morris (
Wed, 26 Jan 2005 13:50:59 UTC

Monty Solomon <> writes:

> A fire that began with a homeless person trying to keep warm by
> igniting wood and refuse in a shopping cart has crippled two of the
> city's subway lines, which might not be restored to normal capacity
> for three to five years, officials said today.

News articles this morning (Wednesday, 26 January) report that "highly
embarrassed" city officials have now changed the expected length of
the outage from years to months for both the A and C lines. The
article in the _Washingon Post_ observes "Although agency spokesmen
had reiterated the five-year repair timeline only hours earlier, they
blamed the comfusion on everyone else -- from the press to

The same article reported that the time-to-repair will be controlled
by the availiabilty of replacement parts for the control system;
reportedly they are not stocked by the subway authority. Washington's
subway system lost a similar control room on the Red Line last year to
flooding, but was back in full service within a week or so because
they did stock the components that were lost.

Joe Morris

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