WASHINGTON - Metro says service is getting back to normal after the transit system experienced system-wide signal problems that caused delays across all lines for about an hour Thursday morning.
The problem was reported at around 9:41 a.m. . Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel says the system had lost the ability to remotely control line switches. The problem meant that all switches needed to be controlled manually - which led to the delays.
Metro tweeted at 10:43 a.m. that the problem had been resolved and that residual delays were to be expected.
It is unclear at this time what caused the signal problems.
All Lines: Delays up to 20 minutes system-wide due to signal problem. Please allow additional travel time.— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) January 5, 2017
Update: Earlier signal problem has been resolved. Now with residual delays that we hope to clear shortly. #wmata— Metrorail Info (@Metrorailinfo) January 5, 2017