The Tide light-rail trains in Norfolk will experience temporary service interruptions throughout October to allow contractors to repair weather-related damage.
Heat during the summer months caused copper wires to expand in the overhead catenary wire system — the system used to power the trains, according to a Friday news release from Hampton Roads Transit. The expanded wires have sagged slightly, which means operators have had to slightly reduce train speeds.
During the scheduled service interruptions, contractors will be installing counterweights to maintain tension in the overhead wires throughout the seasons, Hampton Roads Transit said.
The Tide will operate with reduced hours Oct. 6-9 and Oct. 20-23. The trains will run daily from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on those days. Shuttle service will not be available after the last train departs at 10 p.m. The Tide will operate its weekday hours Monday of those two weeks — 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The light rail trains will not operate Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, but shuttle buses will be available to transport people between stations from 6 a.m to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The buses will run about every 30 minutes.
The last scheduled interruption for October is Saturday, Oct. 24. The Tide will not operate that day, but a shuttle bus will be available approximately every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Jessica Nolte, 757-247-4513, firstname.lastname@example.org
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