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Repairs Continue to Pittsburgh's Light Rail Blue Line

As Passenger Transport went to press, the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh announced that Blue Line Library light rail service—interrupted by extensive flood damage in late June—is likely to resume full service by early August.

Port Authority maintenance crews continue to work to restore service to the line, which remains partially out of service after sustaining significant damage during a powerful rainstorm that ravaged many Pittsburgh South Hills communities. Service resumed on part of the Blue Line Library and the Blue Line South Hills Village route on June 24, three days after heavy rain flooded several areas of Allegheny County.

Maintenance crews have replaced more than 900 tons of stone track support and, over the next several weeks, will continue to stabilize eroded areas, repair damaged platforms and replace several damaged utility poles. Shuttle buses will continue to serve stations along the damaged portion of Blue Line Library until rail service is fully restored.

Shortly after the route closure, Port Authority Chief Executive Officer Katharine Kelleman said, “The flooding earlier this week devastated our light rail system, but it also impacted many of our riders. That’s not lost on us.” The agency continues to provide free parking at one of its garages.
Heavy rain and flooding washed out fill from underneath the track on a section of the Port Authority of Allegheny County’s Blue Line. As the track cannot support the weight of the railcars without fill underneath, part of the line remains unusable until repairs are complete.

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