First major shutdown of Metro maintenance blitz started

WASHINGTON (AP) - The first major shutdown of the nine-month maintenance blitz on Washington's subway system started.
 
On Saturday, Metro's blue, orange and silver lines  closed entirely between the Minnesota Avenue and Eastern Market stations in Washington. The shutdown runs through July 3 and will affect the commute for tens of thousands of people, particularly those who take Metro from Prince George's County, Maryland.
 
Metro offers bus service between the two closed stations, but general manager Paul Wiedefeld cautioned Thursday that the buses simply won't be able to handle the number of people who usually ride the subway during rush hour.
 
Businesses and government agencies are being urged to allow workers affected by the shutdown to work from home or change their hours.
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