Fire safety outage closes Sound Transit’s University District and Roosevelt stations
Thursday morning through the afternoon, Sound Transit’s Roosevelt and University District light rail stations closed due to a fire safety system outage that began around 11 a.m. that morning. As of 5 p.m., that service has resumed, a Sound Transit spokesperson tells MyNorthwest.
The outage closed service between the University of Washington and Northgate stations. Crews are currently on the scene investigating and troubleshooting the outage.
This interruption may continue through the evening commute tonight. The 1 Line Shuttle bus is in place to provide service between UW Station and Northgate Station. Please give yourself extra time and look for the ambassadors in the yellow hats to help connect to the bus bridge. https://t.co/uKcS2QQxOi
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In November, the University District Station was the scene of another closure: hundreds of passengers returning from the Apple Cup suddenly stopped on the tracks, forcing passengers to use emergency exits and enter the tunnels after a lack of official communication between the passengers and conductor.
Sound Transit would report in February that the load of the train was such that it sagged too low on the tracks, exposing electrical conduits that struck an exposed bolt, severing power and communication lines.
“Sound Transit’s performance that night was inexcusable,” Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff said at the time. “We apologize to our riders, again, for the errors leading up to and during this incident, and we commit to doing better.”