METRORail lines restored after wire breaks prompt shutdown

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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A partial shutdown of portions of the Red, Green and Purple lines is underway to allow for a repair of wire breaks that could pose a risk to the public.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- METRORail service has been restored after several portions of the Red, Green and Purple lines were shut down to repair some wire breaks.

The partial shutdown was ordered last Wednesday after METRO found wire breaks that posed potential risk to the public.

Sections affected by the breaks included:

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

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.

For the last week, crews were working to reinforce the wires at 79 locations to prevent them from falling in the event of another break.

Bus shuttles were used to transport riders while those portions of the light rail lines were shut down.

Video above is from a previously published story.