Some people have to work in the cold, but many metro commuters wound up stuck on their way in to work on Tuesday morning.
Metro Transit handed out vouchers at the Target Field platform on Tuesday night to apologize after the second morning train broke down at Elk River and delayed the three trains behind it as well.
The train that broke arrived very late -- and very cold.
"It's a good 20 minutes from there to Elk River, where we suddenly started slowing down, came to a dead stop," said Mike Barrett, who had just begun his Northstar commute to Minneapolis from Big Lake when the train lost power.
The train then sat still for nearly 90 minutes without power or heat.
"We almost started seeing our breath towards the end," Barrett recalled.
Most riders dress for heated quarters, and Barrett said at least one passenger did not have a jacket and was wearing only a short-sleeved shirt.
Eventually, the train made it to Minneapolis at 8 a.m. after being pushed by the train behind it.
Mechanics have since repaired the broken train, and they say the malfunction didn't appear to be caused by the cold temperatures.
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