After a cable-fire near the McPherson Square station caused major disruption to the DC metrorail on Monday, the entire system will be shut down for 29 hours on Wednesday/Thursday for “emergency investigations.
Metro officials are expected to announce that around 1,200 pieces of equipment need to be checked up on.
Metro to shut down ENTIRE rail system at midnight for safety check- NBC4 has learned from sources. announcement soon.
— Tom Sherwood (@tomsherwood) March 15, 2016
The Metrorail and Metrobus system serve a population of 5 million people in the greater Washington D.C. area, many of whom rely on it to get to work.
Many are expecting a commuter apocalypse on Wednesday, as many people will have to drive to get to work.
Metro to be closed tomorrow. Thought “oh no big deal I’ll just drive” then remembered the millions of other people forced to do same.
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) March 15, 2016
Uber drivers in DC tomorrow pic.twitter.com/u0ndh1GDIp
— J.J. (@CarbonPrimo) March 15, 2016
Some have joked that about a potential government shutdown, since so many federal employees rely commute on the Metrorail.
Associated Press contributed to this article.