MetroRail service is running smoothly again after the communication system went down Tuesday morning forcing commuters to instead take buses to work.
Cap Metro brought in buses in place of rail service. It was certainly not as quick, but they did the job.
The main communication generator was hit by lightning during a storm that moved through Central Texas Friday night into Saturday morning.
Then, at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, the backup communication system, powered by AT&T went down. That communication system keeps riders and drivers safe. It controls arms at rail stops, it also tells the freight trains which share the tracks where the MetroRail cars are.
MetroRail must have that communication system.
AT&T service was restored Tuesday afternoon and by 3:15 p.m. riders were once again boarding the rail cars without a problem.
"When I left work a co-worker told me it wasn't running this morning. But I decided to come and see anyhow luckily it's running now," said MetroRail rider Adam Robinson. "Just makes the trip a lot quicker and easier."
"I would call it a fluke. A one in a million," MetroRail Communication Manager Francine Pares said.
This is the second time the MetroRail system has had trouble this month. Earlier the A/C went out where the communication system operators work. The communication manager says these things happen, but hopefully this double whammy won't happen again.
The main communication generator should be back in working order by Tuesday night or Wednesday.