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Baltimore Metro shutdown frustrates riders, politicians

Baltimore Metro shutdown frustrates riders, politicians

The first day of a sudden, monthlong shutdown of Baltimore’s Metro for emergency track repairs brought confusion and frustration for many riders Monday — and finger-pointing about how the system fell into such disrepair that service had to be halted with less than 24 hours’ notice.

The head of the transit operator’s union said the Maryland Transit Administration in recent years has restricted Metro speeds rather than fix track problems, while Gov. Larry Hogan blamed previous administrations for a “drastically underfunded” system with a woeful maintenance record.

MTA administrator Kevin Quinn said repair work is expected to cost $1.5 million and last until...

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