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Light Rail Delays To Extend Into Evening

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A power failure is expected to cause delays on the Port Authority's Light Rail system into the evening hours Monday.

The power outage happened around 10 p.m. Sunday near the Mount Washington Transit Tunnel.

"Basically we have the T and a lot of our bus routes that come from the South Hills especially up the South Busway are being detoured," Port Authority Spokesman Jim Ritchie said.

Duquesne Light crews are working to repair two of their main transfer lines that failed.

"The power to the T is there. It's not a T power problem. Riders are paying the price this morning for it. The delays are a little bit steep," Ritchie said.

The repairs are expected to be completed by 9 p.m. at the earliest.

However, outbound T service resumed around noon. Inbound T service and all buses are still being detoured.

The trolleys have been rerouted via the former Allentown line.

"We stopped running the line up through there, but we do maintain it just for this reason. If we ever need it, we need to detour around the tunnel, it comes in quite handy," Ritchie said.

The line does not provide service to Station Square, but a local rail shuttle is running from there to downtown.

Click here to visit the Port Authority's website to see the route changes and delays.

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