Signal problem disrupts Metro subway service

Shuttles used until communications between headquarters, 4 stations restored

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February 02, 2005|By Ben Pillow | Ben Pillow, Staff

What Maryland Transit Administration officials described as a "signal system malfunction" temporarily disrupted Metro subway service at four stations this morning.

For about an hour and a half, there was no Metro subway service at the Owings Mills, Old Court, Milford Mill and Reisterstown Plaza stations, according to MTA spokesman Richard Scher. Normal service was restored around 8:30 a.m.

"We have a data communications problem affecting communications between the Metro headquarters and the four stations that are not being able to receive communications. The signals are not working properly, so we can't operate service," Scher had earlier said of the problem, adding that those signals essentially tell the trains how to operate.

While service was suspended, bus shuttles were used between each of the affected stations, allowing commuters to "re-engage" the Metro subway line at other stops, which were operating normally, according to Scher.

Light rail service was never affected.

Originally published February 2, 2005, 8:44 AM EST

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