Updated: 12/31/2013 1:42 PM
Created: 12/31/2013 9:26 AM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Light rail service on the Blue Line is back up and running after it had to be shut down for a mechanical issue Tuesday morning, according to Metro Transit.
The issue impacted the train at the Lake Street Station starting around 6:30 a.m., according to Metro Transit spokesman Drew Kerr.
"Customers who were on the Blue Line when the disruption began would have seen the longest delays as buses were dispatched to replace trains between Franklin and Terminal 2-Humphrey,” Kerr said.
A “bus bridge” was established around 7 a.m., Kerr said. There were 18 buses with service every five to 10 minutes, which is similar to the Blue Line’s schedule.
Kerr said customers who were traveling outside of the impacted area would not have seen any delays.
On an average weekday, 31,000 customers ride the Blue Line. Exact numbers of commuters for Tuesday morning were not available. However, ridership would have been lower than a typical commuter weekday because of New Year's Eve, Kerr said.
The cause of the mechanical issue is being reviewed.