BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- A huge inconvenience appears to be looming for commuters on the metro system's oldest and most heavily used line.
The roof is leaking at the Medical Center and Friendship Heights stations. Right now metro is considering the possibility of a multi-week shut down of a section of the red line to fix it.
Thousands of workers hustle to the train to start their weekend -- and ponder the prospect of a possible month and a half without train service to this traffic choked corridor in Bethesda.
Underground, you can see the cracked concrete and evidence of water and sediment leaking and pooling along the rails. It is much worse deeper in the tunnels at both the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations. It is at the point now where metro is confronted with the need for a large repair and is considering an unprecedented service shut down. That would leave trains between NIH and shady grove unable to get through to the rest of the system for weeks and thousands of riders dependent on shuttle buses as a detour.
Metro officials have blamed the challenging geology here for the situation. The affected stations are 29 years old, an extension of the original Redline launched in 1976.