Computer Problems Do In Seattle's Bus Tunnel Operations

Seattle's newly renovated downtown bus tunnel has been shut down for the second time this week due to a computer malfunction, reports the Seattle Times. The tunnel reopened for weekday bus service on Monday, Sept. 24, 2007.

According to the Times story, "All of the systems in the tunnel â'' such as ventilation, lighting and signals â'' are controlled by a computer system installed during the recent retrofit of the tunnel. The computer is based at Sound Transit's new operations center in Sodo."

The tunnel handles 1,076 bus trips on 18 routes on a typical weekday.

There is no word as to when the tunnel will be re-opened.


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