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(WASHINGTON) — Residents of Washington, D.C. should brace for a longer commute Wednesday morning.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is shutting down the entire D.C. metro system for at least 24 hours starting at midnight Tuesday night for safety checks of electric cables, according to an announcement from Metro officials.

The system should be back up Thursday morning.


All Metrorail service will be suspended Wed., March 16, for emergency inspections: https://t.co/OPr8Ia6Vgt #wmata pic.twitter.com/YEXPL1cm2s

— Metro (@wmata) March 15, 2016


On Monday, passengers relying on the Silver, Blue and Orange lines suffered major delays after an early-morning cable fire broke out in the tunnel near the McPherson Square station.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced in October of last year that his department would supervise the subway system after a series of problems jeopardizing rider safety.

In January of 2015, one Metro rider died after a Yellow Line train was engulfed in smoke outside the L’Enfant Plaza station.

The incident sparked a federal investigation and prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to recommend the federal oversight of the Metro.

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