A power outage and minor derailment at the CTA’s Howard station caused a major disruption on the Red, Purple and Yellow lines Friday evening, stranding some passengers on a train for nearly two hours.
The problems began when a power outage hit the station around 5 p.m., forcing the CTA to suspend service on the Yellow Line and slowing trains on the Red and Purple lines as back-up generators were brought in.
Then around 6 p.m., a six-car Purple Line train derailed near the Howard station. CTA workers uncoupled the last two cars, which were still on the tracks, and brought as many passengers as possible back to the Howard station, according to CTA spokeswoman Katherine Hosinski.
The cars were about to return for more passengers when Chicago fire officials ordered the power off so they could respond to the derailment, Hosinski said. Another train was eventually called in and the last of the passengers were transferred off the disabled train around 7:30 p.m., she said.
As of 8:30 p.m., the Purple Line remained shut down and passengers were being shuttled by bus between Howard and Linden, Hosinski said. Riders of the Yellow Line were being urged to use the 97 Skokie bus.
Trains were running on the Red Line, but with “significant delays,” according to the CTA website.
It was not known when the derailment would be cleared up.
Delays were also reported on eight Metra lines Friday evening. At their peak:– Milwaukee District North trains were 20 minutes late out of Union Station.
– Milwaukee District West, 20 minutes late out of Union Station.
– Union Pacific Northwest, delayed 20 minutes.
– Burlington Northern Sante Fe, delayed 30 minutes on inbound and outbound.
– Heritage Corridor, 25 minutes.
– Rock Island, up to 60 minutes.
– North Central, 20 minutes.
– South West, 25 minutes.