Transit Mishap

Update: METRO rail service restored after shutdown left riders stranded in the heat

Update: METRO rail service restored after shutdown left riders stranded in the heat

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Commuters waited to be rescued by extra METRO buses. Courtesy of Metro

Update 2:51 p.m.: METRO service is running again after workers went rail car to rail car to restore the power. The system was down for about an hour.

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Early afternoon transitistas were left out in the heat on Wednesday afternoon when the METRO light rail line along Main Street lost power, effectively cutting service short. Rail cars were left stranded along the tracks after construction of a Texas Medical Center bridge interfered with the METRO power grid around 1:50 p.m.

The entire light rail is now shut down.

"It looks like something fell from the bridge and touched a power line," METRO's Margaret O'Brien Molina tells CultureMap. The transit agency has already dispatched a cache of buses along Main to shuttle marooned commuters.

"They're working on it as fast as they can," assures O'Brien Molina regarding the repairs near the TMC bridge.