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Entire Washington, D.C., subway system to shut down for inspections

Entire Washington, D.C., subway system to shut down for inspections

It's already being branded #Metromageddon.

Hundreds of thousands of Washington, D.C., workers were preparing for a potentially soul-sucking commute with the rail system serving the nation's capital facing a full-day shut down Wednesday.

At least one congressman called on the federal government to let workers telecommute to lessen the agony after Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld announced the shutdown at a news conference in the agency's headquarters Tuesday afternoon.

The system will be shut down to allow for an emergency inspection of its third rail power cables, Wiedefeld said.

"While the risk to the public is very low, I cannot rule out a potential...

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