Officials announced on Tuesday that the Washington, D.C., Metrorail system would close for a day beginning at midnight on Wednesday to inspect roughly 600 electrical cables after one of them caused a fire on Monday. "As a preliminary matter, the conditions appear disturbingly similar to those in the L’Enfant incident of a year ago, and our focus is squarely on mitigating any risk of a fire elsewhere on the system," said Paul J. Wiedefeld, Metro's general manager. One person died as a result of last year's incident. Passengers take roughly a million trips on the system each day, so Wednesday's shutdown has left commuters scrambling to find other ways to get around.

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