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Originally published December 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified December 25, 2007 at 12:26 AM

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No date yet to reopen downtown bus tunnel

The downtown Seattle bus tunnel will stay closed until further notice because of computer problems. Buses that usually use the tunnel will...

The downtown Seattle bus tunnel will stay closed until further notice because of computer problems.

Buses that usually use the tunnel will continue operating on downtown surface streets.

Metro closed the tunnel Dec. 17, reopened it Dec. 18, then closed it again Dec. 19. It has remained closed.

The computer system, installed this year, is designed to let operators control signals, ventilation, elevators, security cameras and lights from a control center near Safeco Field in an emergency.

Workers found suspected flaws in some of the circuit boards.

Sound Transit spokeswoman Linda Robson said Monday that the circuit boards have been replaced, and workers will monitor the tunnel and run simulations.

She said there is a "high level of confidence" the problem has been fixed.

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