The U.S. Transportation Department has announced that it is shutting down a train service between Washington, D.C., and the Capital Region due to “increased demand for passenger and freight transportation.”
According to the DOT, this means that the U.P.T. will not be able to continue operations until at least February.
It will reopen in April, however, after the UPR-T has completed an extensive inspection.”UPR-2 is currently under a high-risk rating and a potential for catastrophic failure,” according to a DOT statement.
“Due to the heightened risk of catastrophic failure, the DOT has directed that the train service be shut down until at the earliest possible date in order to provide the best possible service to the people of Washington, DC.”
The UPR is a passenger rail line that runs from the District to the Northeast Corridor.
It runs in both directions.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, it is the most-used rail line in the United States.
A DOT spokesman said that the agency has been working with Congress to address its safety issues with UPR2.
The agency is expected to announce the shutdown of service in the coming days.
According to an April 4 statement from the DOT’s Bureau of Transportation and Logistics, the UPr-T is not expected to have significant impacts on daily traffic.
“We are aware that UPR service between DC and the region will be impacted by this action,” the statement said.
“However, we will continue to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of all passengers and freight moving through the area.
The DOT is committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of the Upr-T’s passenger service.”
In May, the DHS announced that a passenger train would resume service between D.
Cs. and Philadelphia after it ran into a mechanical issue that required repairs.
That train was halted for five days and resumed service later that month.