The first light-rail train was on the East End Line January 26. A bright red Shuttle wagon pulled the train along the tracks while workers checked clearances, tracks, poles and wiring. METRO police and personnel accompanied the train on its inaugural run. The testing requires slow speeds, so the train stayed below five miles an hour.
This marks the beginning of the testing phase along the 3.3-mile East End Line. The next step is electrical testing, scheduled for early 2014. Then trains will run at normal speeds for several months as crews complete the final touches before passenger service begins.
"It’s very important for everyone to stay alert during this time," says Tim Kelly, Director of Safety for METRO. "It’s only one train now, but it means we’re close to providing full passenger service between the East End and the rest of the city."
To follow the testing for the new lines, click here.