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METRO RAIL HAS BRIEF SHUTDOWN

Metro Rail service stopped for 13 minutes early this morning when an electrical malfunction in the South Campus Station automatically halted movement on the system.

Richard T. Swist, executive director of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, said dual power feeds at South Campus gave out simultaneously, sending warning signals to Metro Rail's central computers.

"When the power went out, that caused the computer to sense a problem," he said. "Then all trains got a red signal."

Swist said the interruption lasted from 6:59 a.m. to 7:12 a.m. It caused no significant problems except for some backups in Metro Rail stations, he added.

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