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Houston area METRORail lines temporarily shut down amid safety concerns

Houston METRORail lines temporarily shut down amid safety concerns

Metro Rail Houston downtown
The Red, Green, and Purple Lines will be affected by the shutdown. Houston METRO/Facebook

Rail riders, take note. A partial shutdown of portions of METRORail's Red, Green, and Purple lines is underway to repair wire breaks that could pose potential risk to the public.

METRO officials say the sections affected by the breaks include: the Red Line extension from UH-Downtown to Northline Transit Center, the Green Line, and the 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.

For some relief, bus shuttles are available along those lines to help transport customers, but riders might want to allow 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.

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