Federal employees in Washington will be allowed to telework on Wednesday while the D.C. Metro system is closed for safety inspections.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced on Tuesday that the federal agencies would open on Wednesday, but allow employees to telecommute or take unscheduled leave.
The decision comes after lawmakers representing the D.C. region warned of the difficult commuting conditions that are likely to result on Wednesday while the subway system is closed down for 29 hours.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) also called for federal workers to be allowed to telework, while Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said telework or unscheduled leave should be options.
Van Hollen also said that "WMATA should offer bus service free of charge, systemwide" in light of the "massive inconvenience" to travelers.
An electrical fire in a Metro tunnel Monday caused significant delays on several lines.
Updated at 6:24 p.m. Harper Neidig contributed.