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May 09
METRO doing emergency rail repairs


METRO is performing emergency repairs on portions of METRORail to address potential hazards involving overhead electrical wires. 

The following portions of the rail are shut down: 

Red Line: Between UH-Downtown and Northline Transit Center/HCC stations

Green Line: Between Theater District and Magnolia Park Transit Center stations

Purple Line: Between Theater District and Palm Center Transit Center stations

Free bus shuttles will be running along the Green, Purple and Red lines every 12 minutes to provide uninterrupted service for customers. The bus shuttles will run until Friday, May 17, start of service. We’ll have friendly staff along the rail to guide you and make sure you board the right bus. 

Rail service along the Red Line between UH-Downtown and Fannin South is not impacted. About two-thirds of our customers travel along this portion of the rail line.  

Two wire breaks near the Burnett Bridge along the Red Line and near the intersection of Dallas and Scott streets occurred recently. This involved live electrical wires, which could pose a potential risk to the general public. 

“METRO’s top priority is safety and any potential hazard is unacceptable,” said Tom Lambert, METRO president and CEO. 

During this shutdown, wires at 79 locations will be reinforced to prevent them from falling if there’s another break. A longer-term solution is being evaluated. 

“Unfortunately, this is not an issue that is visible, and we don’t know there is a problem until a break occurs,” said Lambert. “So, we are doing everything necessary to take corrective action now.”

We expect it will take about a week to complete repairs. Rail service will be restored incrementally as that becomes possible. 

In the meantime, please allow extra travel time to reach your destination - and thanks for your patience. 


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