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Lightning strike causes A-train delay

A-train service is delayed between the MedPark Station and the Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station following a lightning strike that has disabled several crossing signals.

The Denton County Transportation Authority does not have an estimate on when the train will resume its normal schedule, said Nicole Recker, DCTA vice president of marketing and communications. But crews are currently working to repair the signals and restore service.

The signal outage affected crossing arms, lights and horns that must be working for the train to operate safely.

Trains are still operating on either side of the outage in both directions, and DCTA is using buses to transport passengers between the Medpark Station and Highland Village/Lewisville Lake Station causing significant delays to travel time.

Operations personnel were automatically alerted to the problem at about 3:30 p.m. by the train's monitoring system just as storms moved into the area this afternoon.

"Our entire system is electronic, so our dispatchers, our operators, everyone receives notifications when something is out. And that allows us to be as proactive as possible," Recker said.

Once repairs are completed, DCTA will inform riders of restored service via its Rider Alerts system and various social media.

We've been trying to let our commuters know to expect some significant delays," Recker said. "We do know that it's rush hour on the way home, so we will accommodate with higher frequency on the bus bridge."