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MTA knew Metro rails did not meet safety standards

Posted at 6:58 AM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 06:58:26-05

Commuters got less than 24-hours notice that the Baltimore Metro Subway would be shutting down for emergency repairs. Now, we're learning the problems were discovered over a year ago. 

It's reported that MTA officials knew the rails did not meet safety standards back in November of 2016, but the subway continued to run on those tracks for over a year.

RELATED: MTA: Entire Metro system will close for up to 4 weeks for emergency repairs

According to an inspection report, MTA safety standards allow for no more than 26 degrees on rails, but there were rails at 17 turns that did not meet this standard back in 2016.

Track replacements were scheduled for this past summer but were re-scheduled. The latest inspection forced that emergency shut down with less than 24-hour notice, causing big problems for riders.

The metro will remain closed for a few more weeks while those repairs continue to get fixed, and riders can take a free bus shuttle, the light rail, or Baltimore Link buses.