Downed power lines delay morning T service

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PITTSBURGH - Officials from Port Authority Transit said T light rail service was delayed Friday morning due to a downed power line in the downtown Pittsburgh area.

All riders using the service were taken to the First Avenue Station, as rail cars were unable to travel beyond that point. Also, rail cars will travel from Allegheny Station on the North Shore as far as Wood Street Station in Downtown.

 “A steel pipe made contact with the electrical transmission line that burned and fell down on the track,” said deputy fire chief Michael Mullen.

Officials said initial delays would be between 20 to 30 minutes, but are expected to diminish as the morning progresses.

Frustrated passengers said their normally fast commutes, took triple the time.

 “It’s been a long trek. I have to take the shuttle from there to Wood Street, shuttle form there to here, and now waiting on one to go back,” said Daryl Roberson.

Repairs were complete by 2:30 p.m. Friday and service was restored to normal.