No passengers were on board that driverless train, city officials say. They haven’t said what may have stalled it.

Service along the four easternmost stops of Honolulu’s Skyline rail transit system temporarily closed Tuesday after a train stalled on the elevated guideway, according to city officials.

The train stalled near the Kalauao station near Pearlridge, according to an email from the city’s Department of Transportation Services, which runs Skyline. That shut down the passenger service between the Halawa station at Aloha Stadium and the Halaulani station at Leeward Community College.

It’s not clear when the train broke down but service was restored as of 6:10 p.m., according to DTS spokesman Travis Ota.

Train tracks Skyline Rail Station security camera
A Skyline train passes the media preview tour June 22, 2023, in Honolulu. One of the trains stalled Tuesday, temporarily shutting down service along about half of the line. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)

Ota added that no passengers were aboard the train when it stalled. He did not have any details on what may have caused the snafu, which is the first such breakdown that city officials have reported since Skyline opened for service on June 30.

During the stalling, the service continued to operate as normal between the Pouhala station at the Waiphau Transit Center and the Kualakai station at the line’s western end. Skyline passengers were encouraged to use bus routes and take shuttles as alternatives.

Previously, officials building Skyline have said that the system was designed so that trains could maneuver around any stalled train using the double-crossings placed at various points along the track on the guideway. It’s not clear why that didn’t happen Tuesday.

DTS officials said they would further address the situation on Wednesday, Ota added.

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