Pittsburgh light rail station reopens after derailment

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This photo from the Pittsburgh port authority Twitter account shows damage to the Station Square station resulting from the derailment of a Norfolk Southern train.

PITTSBURGH — The Station Square light rail station, closed since April 5, is scheduled for partial reopening today (Thursday, April 23), Pittsburgh radio station WESA reports.

The station was closed when a Norfolk Southern train derailed on a line above the station, sending intermodal cars and containers tumbling onto the light rail line, damaging the station, tracks and overhead power lines. [See “NS intermodal train crashes next to Pittsburgh tourist hot spot,” Trains News Wire, Aug. 5, 2018, and “Pittsburgh light rail line remains closed after extensive damage from derailment,” Trains News Wire, Aug. 13, 2018.]

The station will initially be open only to outbound riders; inbound passengers will continued to be detoured along the Allentown line as tests continue on the repaired rail line. The Port Authority of Allegheny County, which operates the light rail line, hopes to have full service restored this weekend.

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