Wire fire grounds a 49 bus on Capitol Hill but Metro says old electric trolleys are hanging in there

If you saw a group taking a stroll down Capitol Hill to downtown this partly sunny January Wednesday, you might have witnessed the evacuees from a cable fire that halted a Route 49 Metro trolley bus on Pine near Bellevue.

Metro spokesperson Linda Thielke tells us the fire burned a small wire on top of the bus where it connects to the trolley overhead and that the overhead wires that power Metro’s electric trolley fleet weren’t damaged. She also tells CHS that Metro isn’t aware of any increases in the number of incidents like this as the electric trolley fleet reaches its expected end of life. And that’s a good thing because, according to the SunBreak’s take on City Council member Tim Burgess’s latest post, Metro already has its hands full trying to maintain service with dwindling funding.

Here’s our past report on the need to replace Metro’s aging trolley fleet by 2014.

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