SMART cancels commuter rail service because of power outage

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PETALUMA, Calif. — Service today on Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit has been cancelled as a result of power shutdowns in the commuter railroad’s service area by Pacific Gas & Electric.

The shutdown disables traffic signals on city streets which cross SMART tracks. Once power is restored, those signals must be synchronized with grade systems. The service cancellation will also give SMART workers the opportunity to clear downed trees from the right-of-way.

PG&E has turned off power in a large portion of Northern California because of high winds and fire danger, affecting almost 3 million residents. While the utility was beginning to restore power on Monday, Bloomberg reports, it is warning that another shutdown could occur Tuesday because of forecasts for more high winds.

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