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iStock/Thinkstock(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Three people have been shot at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, and another killed at a nearby grocery store, with police suggesting that one or both incidents may be related to a deadly shooting in the area Thursday.

The Montgomery County Police Department said one person was shot at the Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland, Friday after an argument, and then two people who came to the victim's aid were also shot. The suspect remains at large, according to police.

One of the victims has died, another is in critical condition and the third suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Montgomery County police said.

Meanwhile, a woman was killed Friday morning in a shooting at a Giant grocery store in the Aspen Hill area, about 8 miles away from the mall.

The Prince George's County Police Department said on Friday it's "looking into the possibility" that Eulalio Tordil, a man wanted for allegedly shooting and killing his estranged wife Thursday in the parking lot of High Point High School in Beltsville, was also the shooter in Montgomery County Friday morning.

Police did not immediately say which of Friday's two Montgomery County shootings Tordil may be connected to or whether he could be connected to both.

The Prince George's County Police said Tordil, a Federal Protective Service employee, following his estranged wife, Gladys Tordil, to the high school Thursday afternoon when she went to pick up her children. Police say Tordil fatally shot his estranged wife and shot and injured a good Samaritan who came to her aid.

Montgomery County police said Friday they have a person of interest in the mall shooting and added that no one is in danger at the mall.

Montgomery County public schools were ordered to shelter in place. Westfield Montgomery Mall is located about 15 miles north of Capitol Hill.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Two "smoke incidents" at the Federal Center metro station in Washington, D.C., on Thursday prompted the transit authority to order the temporary closure of the station, a metro official told ABC News.

Surveillance video shows what looks like an explosion erupting on the tracks moments after a train passes, apparently due to an arcing insulator.

There were no injuries, but after a second incident Thursday evening, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, in consultation with the Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration, decided crews would replace "every insulator in the station," according to a metro official.

Federal Center was re-opened Friday, and full service was restored on the orange, blue and silver lines.

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- An allegedly sleepy driver behind the wheel of a FedEx truck caused an eight-car pileup in Nashville, Tennessee, police say.

A cellphone camera caught the incident unfolding Thursday morning as the FedEx truck veered into the middle lane and slammed into a vehicle before going out of control.

“It all happened so fast,” Thomas Mayhew, a driver involved in the accident, told ABC Nashville affiliate WKRN-TV. “The FedEx truck hit me in the back, pushed me into the car in front of me, which pushed him under a semi.”

Military Sgt. Richard Crosson, who was the driver pushed under the tractor-trailer, said, “There was just no time to think.”

In all, eight vehicles were wrecked. Crosson was able to get out of his car and rushed to get another driver, whose car was in flames, out safely.

“You just don’t hesitate in something like this,” he told WKRN. ” I don’t know. He might not have been around if I would have hesitated because it was burning pretty good.”

Police cited the FedEx driver with fatigue.

FedEx told ABC News that all drivers are “expected to obey all traffic laws in safely operating their vehicles.”

About 100,000 crashes a year result from driver fatigue, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Everyone survived Thursday’s crash.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A two-hour car chase between police and an attempted murder suspect on the run brought the traffic in Los Angeles to a standstill.

The suspect was spotted by police driving through Compton, California, on Thursday evening. He was described as dangerous and possibly armed.

Deputies told ABC News Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV that the suspect was wanted in connection with an attempted murder that took place on Monday.

Officials said the suspect and three other males were in a car when they attempted to shoot someone from the vehicle. The gun reportedly malfunctioned, officials noted.

The terrifying chase shut down Freeway 91 after the assailant was seen weaving in and out of traffic and slamming into cars. Nearly a dozen officers were in pursuit of the black Mercedes before throwing out a spike strip, which failed to stop the suspect as he continued to drive on rims and blown-out tires.

Eventually, a SWAT team used a long pole to smash the rear window of the suspect’s car and drop a canister of tear gas inside. The man then fled from his car and was taken into custody.

Deputies could not confirm whether the suspect was the attempted gunman or an accomplice.

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SpaceX/Flickr(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform during a mission to launch a Japanese commercial communications satellite into orbit early Friday morning.

The launch happened at 1:20 a.m. ET from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

 

Landing confirmed. Second stage continuing to carry JCSAT-14 to a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit. pic.twitter.com/HfHI5cwoYX

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 6, 2016



SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk previously thought that the landing would be more challenging than their previous successful landing because the rocket would be reentering the atmosphere much faster and hotter.

 

 

Woohoo!! https://t.co/0P8n8VmFbr

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 6, 2016

 

Experts were skeptical about the mission, but during a live web broadcast SpaceX staffers erupted into applause and cheers as the rocket landed. Even the launch commentator enthusiastically declared, "The Falcon has landed."


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Akash Singh(TOLEDO, Ohio) — A gas station store manager in Ohio recently tried to subdue an alleged robber by knocking him to ground before repeatedly smacking him with a fire extinguisher, according to dramatic surveillance video obtained by ABC News Thursday.

The incident happened on Wednesday afternoon when the alleged robber entered a Sunoco gas station store in Toledo, Ohio, and asked the clerk at the register to check an ATM slip, according to a police report filed with the Toledo Police Department.

When the clerk opened the register, the suspect reached over to try and grab the cashier tray, but the clerk pulled away, reads the police report obtained by ABC News Thursday.

The suspect then "jumped the counter and began pushing and shoving" the clerk, who was "visibly pregnant," the police report states.

At this point, a female store manager and another male employee tried to grab the suspect and held him to the ground to protect the pregnant clerk, the store's owner, Akash Singh, told ABC News Thursday.

Police added that the male employee said the suspect bit him at one point.

Once they were able to get the suspect down on the floor, the store manager grabbed a nearby fire extinguisher and began striking him on the back, the police report states.

However, the suspect was able to get away and ran out of the store with about $500 in cash from the register, police said.

Toledo police uploaded footage from the store's surveillance camera on Facebook Thursday, asking for the public's help in identifying the alleged robber.

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Courtesy of Melissa Roshan Potter(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — An Ohio mom had her teenage wish come true when her son took her to his senior prom, an event she never got to attend.

When MelissaRoshan Potter was a teenager, she was transitioning from foster care to motherhood. So when her 18-year-old son Trey asked her to his senior prom at Gahanna-Lincoln High School in Gahanna, Ohio, she jumped at the chance.

"I was initially shocked because it's an incredibly selfless act and my heart was just overwhelmed with gratitude because it was so sweet," she told ABC News of being asked to prom. "I felt very stoked and excited. I was like, 'Oh my God. I'm about to get the best dress and turn up at the prom!'"

Her son Trey said he asked his mother to prom because "she was a teen mom and from all the stories she told me it's made me realize that to be a parent it takes a lot of sacrifice and a lot of time and energy."

MelissaRoshan, 36, lived with her son in a homeless shelter for the first two years of his life due to financial struggles stemming from her difficult childhood.

"My mother had me at 13 by rape. So I was subsequently placed in the foster care system when I was 10," she explained. "I've lived in 23 foster care and group homes, and have endured physical abuse, sexual abuse and child labor abuse. There was many times I thought I wasn't going to make it out of the system."

The Columbus, Ohio, mom said it was the love she had for Trey that made her defy the odds, later becoming a makeup artist and an advocate for foster care youth. She's even a spokeswoman for Children's Rights, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for foster children.

"It wasn't easy. Emotionally it was hard seeing my friends going off to prom [and] getting ready to graduate, when I had a baby," MelissaRoshan said. "But he was so precious and so cute...when I first had him. He cracked me this smile and I thought to myself, 'I will never leave you.'"

MelissaRoshan told ABC News she had a ball at the April 16 prom, held inside the Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in downtown Columbus, wearing a coral Vera Wang gown.

"I didn't miss out on prom. I gained," she said. "When I made the choice to have [Trey], I knew I was going to 'miss' a lot of things but when you choose love, it's a gain and it's all worth it. And I truly mean that."

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Courtesy of Greg Smith(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A Florida man who garnered much attention on social media after he began teaching a homeless woman how to read now reports that the woman is off the streets.

Greg Smith posted to Facebook on Tuesday that the woman who introduced herself as "Amy Jo" has "checked into her hotel today."

Smith, 25, told ABC News that Amy Jo is living in a downtown Orlando, Florida, hotel room "until I can get something permanent."

"I've got a number of people working on trying to find her a place where she can stay for the rest of her life," he added. "Hopefully a place where she can live and work."

Former Homeless Veteran 'on Top of the World' After Moving Into Apartment

The sales account executive initially shared how he met Amy Jo last month in a now-viral Facebook post. He recalled that instead of asking for money, Amy Jo offered him polite greetings. It led to the two having lunch every Tuesday.

During one meal, Smith learned that Amy Jo was illiterate and offered to teach her how to read through books he borrowed from the library.

Smith said that after their weekly lunch date earlier this week, he had a surprise for Amy Jo.

"I said, 'We're gonna take a little walk' since the hotel was three or four blocks away from the restaurant we were at," he recalled.

Smith said when Amy Jo realized where they were headed, she gasped and began to cry.

Since checking in on Tuesday, Smith has stopped by Amy Jo's hotel to drop off many donations he's received to help her, including groceries, clothes and money.

Smith also said Amy Jo told him she took three showers. "She's excited," he added. "She said, 'I'm so happy that we met' and hugged me and said, 'I love you.'"

Smith plans to continue checking in on her as he looks to establish a foundation in her honor to help other homeless people in his community. He also plans to set up a P.O. box later this week to better field donations pouring in.

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ACLU of Colorado(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- The City of Colorado Springs, which has sentenced hundreds of poor people to debtors prison, has agreed to not only end the unconstitutional practice of converting court fines to jail time, but to also to pay back those who were wrongfully jailed.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado (ACLU) announced the settlement in a statement Thursday.

"The City of Colorado Springs has agreed, as part of a $103,000 settlement with the ACLU of Colorado, to stop converting impoverished defendants’ fines into jail time, to stop sentencing defendants to jail for non-jailable offenses, and to compensate dozens of individuals whose court fines were illegally converted to jail time when they could not afford to pay," the ACLU said in its statement.

Imprisoning people because they are poor and cannot afford to pay court fines violates both federal and state laws against debtors prisons in Colorado.

"We discovered what was going on and wrote the city a letter in October saying you need to stop this practice," Mark Silverstein, the legal director of ACLU of Colorado, told ABC News Thursday, "and you need to set up a fund to pay these people back."

The city has agreed to compensation terms of $125 a day for each day wrongfully imprisoned, and 66 people are eligible to receive compensation, Silverstein said, explaining that many of these people can be hard to track down because they may be homeless, so they are working on how to get their money to them.

"The defendants were usually visibly poor or homeless," Silverstein said, noting that offenses they were picked up for included jaywalking, staying in a park after curfew, open containers of alcohol, and other non-jailable offenses. "They were fined, then these fines were converted to jail time."

Shawn Hardman, an ACLU client, will receive more than $11,000 as part of this settlement.

"I was told over and over that I either had to pay or go back to jail. Without a home or a job, the cycle kept repeating," Hardman said in a statement.

"I am thankful for this settlement, because it will help me keep a roof over my head, something I have wanted for a long time. Even more, I am proud that the settlement will protect other people living on the streets in Colorado Springs from going through what I went through -- being jailed just because I was poor," he said.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers said he was "pleased with the process" of collaborating with the ACLU.

“While we admittedly found some areas that required correction, I am pleased to report that our Municipal Court, City attorneys and Councilmembers worked expeditiously to correct the situation upon learning of the non-compliance," Suthers said in a statement today. "Overall, this process has been collaborative and productive and ultimately will result in improvements to our court and enforcement processes.”

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Raymond Boyd/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- An anonymous Twitter account, which claims to be written by a student at a women's college, has prompted two investigations into an alleged sexual assault.

The Twitter user, who says she is a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta, wrote the first post on May 2, "surrounded by 4 Morehouse students who took me to another room and took turns raping me. I was in shock about what had happened."

The user @RapedAtSpelman writes about the alleged assault, which apparently took place more than a month ago, and her subsequent interactions she claims she had with university staff over a series of 12 tweets. She added that she created the anonymous account because she doesn't believe the colleges would take sexual assault claims seriously and in order to avoid "blame & bash" she believes is often doled out to victims by other students.

Officials from both Spelman College and Morehouse College, which are both historically black colleges, have responded publicly.

"Our hearts go out to this student and I want to personally offer her our full support and assistance," Spelman College president Dr. Mary Schmidt said in a statement released to ABC News.

"We are a family at Spelman and we will not tolerate any episode of sexual violence. No student should ever have to suffer and endure the experience she has recounted on social media. Spelman is conducting a full and thorough review of these events," the statement reads.

She also reached out to the anonymous account over Twitter.

The president of Morehouse College also released a statement saying that he "deeply troubled" by the allegations.

"At Morehouse, we take seriously all allegations of sexual assault and we are redoubling our efforts to ensure that our students and students throughout the Atlanta University Center are encouraged to report any such incidents," the school's president John Silvanus Wilson Jr. wrote.

"Both our Office of Campus Safety and the Title IX Office have been activated to fully investigate the allegations with the limited information that we have," the statement said, before also calling on students to come forward about any other sexual assaults.

The @RapedAtSpelman account now has more than 2,600 followers.

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Midlothian Police Department(MIDLOTIAN, Texas) -- New clues are emerging in the case of a mother found murdered in a church in Texas last month, according to search warrants released by the Midltohian Police Department Thursday citing "persons of interest" in the case.

Terri "Missy" Bevers, a fitness instructor and mother of three, was found murdered at Creekside Church of Christ in Midlotian, Texas, on April 18. She had been scheduled to teach a fitness boot camp class at the church, according to police.

Surveillance video from the church showed an unidentified suspect wearing full tactical gear -- including a heavy helmet, gloves and jacket with the word "POLICE" on the front and back -- disguising the person's gender and identity. The suspect had a distinctive walk, which police were hoping someone might be able to identify.

Though police have not yet identified the person on the video or any other suspects in the case, several persons of interest and other details have been described in search warrants issued for AT&T cellphone records and LinkedIn messaging records.

Here's what the warrants reveal:

Bevers Received a "Strange and Creepy" Message Days Before Her Death

A friend of Bevers told investigators that "less than three days before the murder," Bevers received a "creepy and strange" message on LinkedIn from a male unknown to them both, according to the search warrant for Bevers' LinkedIn records.

The friend could not recall the name of the person on the account that sent the message, police said.

Bevers Had an "Ongoing Financial and Marital Struggle" And Extramarital Affairs

Evidence police extracted from Bevers' and her husband's iPhones and an iPad, along with several tips provided to officers, revealed that Bevers had "an ongoing financial and marital struggle as well as intimate/personal relationship(s) external to the marriage" with persons of interest, according to the search warrant for AT&T cellphone records.

A "Person of Interest" Had "Fliratious" Communications With Bevers on LinkedIn

Police said that a "person of interest confirmed that they had engaged in a series of communications" with Bevers while on LinkedIn some time around January this year, until her death. The "person of interest" added that their communications ultimately turned "flirtatious and familiar," police added in the search warrant for LinkedIn records.

How the Unknown Murder Suspect May Have Used a Cell Phone

According to the search warrant for AT&T records, police said they believe the unknown suspect could have used the cell phone to:
- confirm the Bevers' workout times and locations, which she had publicly posted to social media
- communicate with Bevers through calls, messages, texts, emails, data, push-to-talk and/or walky-talky
- photograph, record and/or video the victim and the murderous act
- access applications and tools such as map locator applications, clock or timing capabilities, GPS locating applications and flashlight

No official suspects have yet been named.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama granted commutations of sentences to 58 convicted criminals Thursday, including 18 individuals serving life sentences, boosting his total to 306 granted petitions, more than the previous six presidents combined and the most of any president since Franklin Roosevelt.

“As President, I’ve been working to bring about a more effective approach to our criminal justice system, particularly when it comes to drug crimes,” Obama wrote in a post explaining his decision Thursday.

The president also implored Congress to reform federal sentencing laws, “particularly on overly harsh mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenses.”

“While I will continue to review clemency applications, only Congress can bring about the lasting changes we need to federal sentencing,” the president noted. “Because it just doesn’t make sense to require a nonviolent drug offender to serve 20 years, or in some cases, life, in prison. An excessive punishment like that doesn’t fit the crime. It’s not serving taxpayers, and it’s not making us safer.”

Obama has received a striking number of petitions for clemency during his tenure: more than 22,000 -- more than double the number received during President George W. Bush’s administration.

Nearly all of those granted commutations of sentences Thursday were convicted of drug-related offenses, mostly for possession or conspiring to distribute cocaine, crack, methamphetamine, heroin, piperidinocyclohexane-carbonitrile (PCP) and marijuana.

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BananaStock/Thinkstock(HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- A South Florida man recently helped save his wife's life by calling 911 after he heard her being kidnapped at gunpoint through the Bluetooth earpiece she had on at the time, according to officials.

The harrowing incident happened this past Tuesday when 49-year-old Priscilla Cercone was sitting in her car in front of her Hollywood, Florida, home, according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by ABC News.

Cercone had just picked up the mail and was talking to her husband via the Bluetooth device when a 21-year-old man -- later identified by authorities as Bernard Owens -- suddenly approached Cercone, pointed a handgun at her and "ordered her to open the back door of her car or he would kill her," the affidavit states. Cercone "feared for her life," so she opened the door for Owens, who then ordered her to start driving, according to the affidavit.

Owens pointed the handgun at Cercone's head while she was driving and demanded that she take him to an ATM after she told him she did not have any money on her, according to the affidavit.

Cercone's husband was still on the phone with her via the Bluetooth device and tried to ask what was happening, the affidavit states, but Cercone was "too fearful" to respond, and Owens eventually took her cellphone from her.

Having heard the exchange, Cercone's husband called 911, ABC affiliate WPLG reported.

Meanwhile, Cercone drove to a nearby bank and withdrew $400, which she gave to Owens, who then demanded she drive back to her house, according to the affidavit. As they were driving, Owens then demanded to know what valuables she had at home and who was inside, according to the affidavit.

Thanks to the 911 call Cercone's husband had made, police were already at her home by the time she got there, according to the affidavit. When Cercone spotted them, she jumped out of her moving vehicle, the affidavit states.

Owens also jumped out and tried to run from police, but he was eventually caught and arrested, police said. One officer located a firearm that a witness told police Owens had tossed while trying to run away, according to the affidavit. Bernard's money and cellphone were also located on him.

Owens has been charged with robbery with a firearm, possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted Florida felon, false imprisonment of an adult, and kidnapping with intent to commit or facilitate commission of a felony, according to online court records for Broward County in Florida. Owens has been booked into Broward County Jail with no bond.

A county court spokeswoman told ABC News Thursday that Owens has not yet obtained an attorney and that he has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him.

Cercone did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests Thursday for additional comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The 6,083 reports of sexual assault in the U.S. military last year remained almost level with the previous year, but Pentagon officials who released the latest statistics remain concerned that service members continue to report sexual assault at a high rate.

The 6,083 reported incidents in fiscal year 2015 are 48 fewer than the number of incidents reported in 2014. But, when the numbers are adjusted to account for the reduced sizes of the four military services since the previous report, the rate of reporting remains at four reports per 1,000.

The military defines sexual assault to mean incidents including sexual harassment, unwanted sexual contact and rape.

Major General Camille Nichols, director of the Department of Defense’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said it was unclear if two years of roughly equal numbers indicates a plateau has been reached in the number of incident reports.

"We're not sure if we've plateaued," said Nichols. "It’s too early to tell that, we do know we haven’t often had everyone reporting and we are still on a campaign to do that."

Service members can report sexual assault incidents in unrestricted or restricted reports. Restricted reporting allows sexual assault victims to get medical treatment and mental health counseling without notifying their chain of command. At any time, they can change their case to unrestricted reporting, which notifies their chain of command and triggers an investigation.

This year’s statistics showed that 21 percent of restricted reports were eventually converted to unrestricted reports.

“This is encouraging as we believe it to be an indicator of growing confidence in a justice system that is now better configured to hear the voice of the victim,” Nichols said.

Nearly 3,000 reports were considered for possible prosecution or action under the military judicial system. Seventy-two percent of those cases were dealt with through court-martials, non-judicial punishment, administrative action or discharges. Twenty-five percent of those cases were not acted upon because there may not have been enough evidence, the statute of limitations had passed or the victim declined to press charges.

Four hundred and thirty-seven cases were sent to prosecution, which resulted in 254 convictions for unwanted sexual contact. There were also another 158 convictions for issues like fraternization, adultery or giving false statements.

Nichols said she was also encouraged by a command climate survey of active duty service members that found that 16,000 took action in situations where they believed people were at risk for sexual assault.

“We need to capitalize on this 'move to act' and continue to ensure our people understand the risk factors that lead to sexual assault and feel confident to do their part in these situations,” said Nichols.

Though the numbers of reported sexual assaults have increased in recent years, Pentagon officials have acknowledged that reported sexual assaults likely only make up a quarter of the estimated 26,000 assaults that occur in the military. That estimate is extrapolated from a survey conducted every two years.

For the second year in a row, the number of males reporting remained near 20 percent, a significant increase from the early days of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

“Still, men remain less likely to report the crime than women,” said Nichols. “Encouraging greater involvement by men in prevention and reporting remains a major area of focus for us.”

Some of the male victims stepping forward initially considered that they may have been “physically manhandled” as part of a “hazing or a right of passage ritual” said Nichols. “Only later on after hearing and seeing definitions they say 'Oh, I was sexually assaulted.'”

She said her office is working to fill in gaps for medical and non-medical ways to care for male victims.

Nichols said that 504 of the sexual assaults reported by service members had occurred prior to their having entered the military. She said that the goal is to help military victims regardless of when the sexual assault occurred.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For weeks at a time, various portions of the Washington Metro system will be shut down for maintenance, general manager Paul Wiedefeld is expected to announce Friday, according to a Metro official with knowledge of the plan.

It’s an unprecedented move that could cripple transit for commuters in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. On average, the system sees more than 700,000 boardings each weekday.

Wiedefeld’s comprehensive track work plan will include “safety surges” that include both long-duration track outages and long-duration continuous single tracking, which could last for several weeks at a time, and would remain in place even during rush hour, the official said.

The program will likely last almost a year, with crews alternating between various segments on five lines. Metro will work around major events, like July 4, the presidential inauguration and the cherry blossom festival.

The surges will focus on heavy-duty track work, like replacing wooden rail ties. “There just aren’t enough hours in the day” to complete the necessary repairs within Metro’s normal schedule, the official told ABC News.

As he acknowledged, though officials will deploy “dozens and dozens” of shuttle buses, Metro won’t be able to replace train capacity with buses. A single train can carry about 800 people, while a bus can carry about 50, meaning you’d need 16 buses every three minutes to match train capacity during rush hour.

“You can’t put 10 pounds of potatoes in a 5-pound bag,” the official said.

Instead, Metro officials are encouraging commuters to carpool, bike, walk, work from home or drive to a different metro line. They’re also working with local jurisdictions, which they hope will consider adjusting traffic-light timing and modify high-occupancy vehicle lane rules. And the U.S. Office of Personnel Management may also be able to make adjustments for federal workers.

“We’re going to have a lot of cranky people for a long time,” the official said.

This announcement comes less than two months after Wiedefeld shut down the entire system for 29 hours for emergency safety inspections.

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