Hurricane giving Houston rail passengers a hard time

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HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey has brought all Houston's METRORail to a standstill.

METRO issued a service alert stating that all the transit systems services, including rail, would stop through at least Wednesday, Aug. 30 due to the hurricane.

METRORail operates approximately 24 miles of street-level light rail tracks, split into three different routes. The service alert did not specify if the tracks or other infrastructure are under water, but high water has forced the closure of several highways in the downtown Houston area. The agency has also halted its buses, paratransit, and all other services.

Amtrak elected to halt the Sunset Limited over the weekend out an "abundance of caution and in consultation with Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway." Both freight railroads have embargoed service in and out of the Houston area for the foreseeable future.

Amtrak said it planned to continue operating the Texas Eagle between Chicago and San Antonio, but warned that passengers should expect weather-related delays. Amtrak has also halted its thruway buses to Houston and Galveston until flood waters have cleared.

Hurricane Harvey’s outer bands brought wind and heavy rains to the Austin area as well. On Saturday, the Capital Metro light rail train operated on a reduced schedule due to damaged electrical lines near several of its stations. The agency noted on its web sites that flood waters may continue to delay buses that transfer at the rail stations.

Commuter rail in the Dallas area is unaffected and is running as normally scheduled.

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