A rider walks down into the Metro subway system during the evening rush hour in Washington March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Commuters in and around the District of Columbia reported heavier but steady road traffic Wednesday, when the second-busiest U.S. subway system was shut down for emergency safety checks.The estimated 700,000 people who ride the Washington-area Metro system every weekday, including about a third of the region's federal workforce, were scrambling to get to work and around town while 600 underground cables are inspected.Jeanette Norton, who works at a Washington non-profit organization and lives in the inner suburb of Arlington, Virginia, turned to Uber and left more than two hours early "to avoid the craziness". Her normal commute by Metro is about 20 minutes.The Metro, which serves Washington and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs, is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Thursday.
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