WASHINGTON — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has imposed speed restrictions on trains in three zones to comply with a safety directive from the Federal Transit Administration.

Metro announced Monday that the new restrictions were imposed late last week, and they could impact service during rush hour this week, especially on the Orange, Silver and Blue Lines near McPherson Square, and riders should expect delays of 15-20 minutes.

The restrictions, which were imposed to reduce the electrical power draw by trains, will affect zones including the entire east-west tunnel across Washington that is shared by three lines. They will limit the trains’ maximum speed to 45 mph and will affect their rate of acceleration out of the stations.

The following areas will be affected:

  • Red Line between Grosvenor and Dupont Circle
  • Orange Line between Rosslyn and Minnesota Ave
  • Silver/Blue Line between Rosslyn and Benning Road
  • Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says the restrictions will remain in place until the FTA feels comfortable that the rail system can handle its previous level of power.

    The work is expected to be completed on Friday, May 20, Metro says.

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