After 4-hour halt, light-rail service resumes in downtown Minneapolis

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 27, 2011 - 3:25 PM

Light-rail service throughout downtown Minneapolis was halted Thursday for about four hours because of a downed wire that powers the trains from overhead, a transit official said.

The commotion unfolded soon after 10 a.m. at the station near the Metrodome, when the high-voltage wire broke, said Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons. No one was hurt, and there was no fire from the live wire's descent.

Downtown service from Target Field on the west end of downtown all the way to the Franklin Avenue station was restored at 2 p.m., Gibbons said. Transit buses were used during the interruption for downtown riders.

Trains continued to run from Franklin Avenue south to the end of the line at Mall of America.

Gibbons said the agency has yet to determine why the wire came down.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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