Metro brings back 7000 series trains

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The last summer vacation is officially over, but the Labor Day spirit continues for members of the Politics & Prose Workers Union, who announced their first union contract at a press conference in front of the store this morning. Workers reached a tentative agreement late last month and members voted to approve it this morning.

This weekend also brought more trains and reopened subway stations, and a new curfew for young people in Prince George’s County.

Just keep on rolling

As more commuters return to work, Metro and the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission have reached an agreement allowing up to 20 7000 Series trains to return to service. Use of the 7000 Series cars has been suspended nearly a year ago, following a derailment and subsequent investigation, and many are still under inspection. Train frequency will also increase at weekends, with waiting times on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines set to drop from 20 minutes to 15 minutes. More good news for Metro: New Carrollton, Landover, Cheverly, Deanwood and Minnesota Avenue stations on the Orange line reopened this morning with upgraded platforms after a month-long closure.

In not so good Metro news, Red Line service was suspended between NoMa-Gallaudet U and Takoma stations during Friday’s rush hour after an individual attempting to flee from law enforcement got rushed onto the tracks. The person was arrested after the power to the tracks was cut off. Metro GM Randy Clark tell it Job it strives to defend customers and improve system reliability.

30 days and 30 nights

On Monday, the Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced a curfew for residents under the age of 17 that will begin September 9 and last for at least 30 days. Described as a “cooling-off period,” the curfew runs from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from midnight to 5 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Minors must be home during this time unless accompanied by an adult.

The curfew announcement comes after Prince George’s County experienced its deadliest month in decades, according to Alsobrooks. Twenty-four homicides took place in August and 430 minors were arrested in 2022. Parents or guardians of individuals who violate curfew rules will be subject to a fine of $50 to $250, as well as related costs.

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