Wire breaks prompt shutdown of METRORail lines

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A partial shutdown of portions of METRORail’s Red, Green and Purple lines is underway to repair wire breaks that could pose a potential risk to the public.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County said the sections affected by the breaks include:

  • Red Line extension from UH-Downtown to Northline Transit Center
  • Green Line
  • Purple Line

Recent wire breaks near the Burnett Bridge along the Red Line and the intersection of Dallas and Scott streets led METRO to shut down these rail lines.

Crews are working to reinforce the wires at 79 locations to prevent them from falling in the event of another break.

Bus shuttles are available along those lines to help transport customers, but riders might want to give themselves extra time to get to their destinations.

The repairs are expected to take one week to complete. Rail service will be restored incrementally as repairs are made.

From ABC 13

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