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Power Outage, Mischief Shut Down WVU Monorail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- It underwent a three-month overhaul, but West Virginia University's monorail has broken down twice in the first two weeks of the semester.

Some students had to find other transportation Wednesday afternoon when a power outage shut down the personal rapid transit system, or PRT.

Hugh Kierig, director of parking and transportation, says the monorail was also shut down after last weekend's home football game against Liberty.

He says a passenger tried to open a door or window while a car was moving, triggering major delays.

The system cuts off electricity to all cars when someone tries to get out of one.

Kierig says the system then loses track of where the cars are.

About 15,000 people a day use the prt when school is in session.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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