Wednesday, February 21, 2024

O Train service reduced due to ‘sparking; issue on power system

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O-Train service will be reduced in the east end Saturday after “sparking” was spotted Friday night on a catenary support pole.

“At approximately 11:30 p.m., an OC Transpo rail operator observed sparks coming from an overhead catenary system support pole west of Cyrville Station,” transit boss Renée Amilcar wrote in a message Saturday to Mayor Mark Sutcliffe and council.

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“Initial observations indicated damage to an insulator that is part of the overhead catenary system.”

For the remainder of Friday service, R1 buses were used between St-Laurent and Blair stations.

As of Saturday morning, Transpo said Line 1 trains will run as normal between Tunney’s Pasture and St-Laurent station.

However, trains in both directions will alternate on a single track between St-Laurent and Blair stations.

“The plan is to repair the insulator during the maintenance hours after the end of service on Saturday,” Amilcar said.

Crews will be mobilized through Saturday to investigate the issue.

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