Thursday, May 19, 2011

Slide Causes West Busway Problems

The Port Authority has closed a portion of the West Busway to allow crews to clear debris from a landslide caused by the recent saturating rains.

PAT spokesman Jim Ritchie says routes that use the busway are detoured through the remainder of the week and into the weekend. They include Port Authority's G2, G3, G31 and 28X routes along with Beaver County's Route 4. The detours include temporary station closings.

Ritchie says that normal service is expected to resume by Monday morning, possibly sooner. About 10,000 riders use the busway each weekday.

The slide occurred early this morning between the busway's Sheraden and Ingram stations, not far from the Berry Street Tunnel. Slide debris is along the busway and caused one lane to close as a precaution during this morning's rush hour. Both lanes now are closed to give crews and equipment access to the slide area.

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