Light rail returns to normal service

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Regional Transit officials say they their Gold Line light rail trains are now fully operational and running normal service after an electrical failure forced a shutdown of the line this morning between downtown Folsom and the Watt/Manlove station.

The electrical failure was caused early Tuesday, before the commute hour, by a test train whose roof-top electrical arm pulled down an overhead wire. Morning commuters were forced to ride buses to work while Regional Transit maintenance crews worked to fix the damaged overhead lines.

Mark Lonergan of RT said he did not have estimates of the number of commuters who were inconvenienced.

“It was not insignificant,” he said. “It was a high impact on the morning commute.”

Regional Transit set up a bus shuttle service - often called a “bus bridge” - to ferry light rail passengers around the problem at each of the stations between the historic downtown Folsom Station and Watt/Manlove.

The bus bridge was shortened by late morning, running for several hours between the Watt and Mather stations.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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