Your Red Line Commute Might Be Getting Shorter

June 21, 2019

Commuters traveling on Metro’s red line might notice their trip to work shortening a bit beginning next month.

Metro will begin using its automatic door-opening feature again starting July 7, which it anticipates will expedite travel. The feature was initially used but was then discontinued because of a lack of reliability, Metro said in a news release.

When the feature is used, the doors automatically open when the train detects it is completely on the platform. Metro employees will still control when the doors close.

When Metro workers control when the doors open, they are required to wait a few seconds as a safety precaution.

Metro said it will begin using automatic doors on five other lines later this year, but NBC Washington reported the agency has “no immediate plans to return the system to a fully automated mode.”

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