ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Metro is using lessons learned in previous ice storms to try to keep Metrolink running throughout the coming winter storm.
Spokeswoman Dianne Williams says that the main concerns are ice buildup on the overhead wires that power the trains and the loss of power stations along the 46 miles of track.
Williams says that based on past storms they’ve developed a strategy concerning power stations and equipment to clear the ice off the wires, “We created those little cutters that keep the lines clean. We know generally which power stations are more likely to go out than others. We have generators positioned to get to where they need to be.”
Williams says Metro will run Metrolink trains all night long in an effort to keep the lines clear. The trains will run empty during their normal down time between 1 am and 4 am.
She says busses and Call-A-Ride service will run as much as possible, with Call-A-Ride giving priority to vital medical trips.
Williams recommends riders listen to KMOX to get updates on the system’s status.
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