Metra Electric trains operating a normal schedule after power outage

CHICAGO — Power has been fully restored to the Metra Electric Line after an outage halted inbound and outbound trains between 51st Street and Millennium Station Tuesday evening.

An official alert issued at 5:25 p.m. Tuesday said service on the Metra Electric and South Shore lines would be halted from 51st Street to Millennium Station. Commuters could be seen disembarking from trains at 18th Street and leaving the station.

As of Wednesday morning, Metra reported that power was fully restored and that trains would operate a normal schedule for morning rush.

Metra’s Meg Reile said the “severe service disruption” was caused by an unidentified electrical issue affecting at least two substations, making it so they can’t send power through the overhead wires to the trains. She advised Metra riders, “find alternate means to get home.”

Reile said at the time there was no way of knowing how long it would take to fix.

Since Metra “does not operate a bus service,” Reile recommended commuters find their own alternate means of getting where they need to go.

Nut Metra later tweeted that CTA would be honoring Metra Electric and South Shore passes.

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