Technical Problem Disrupts O-Train Service


This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Good morning Mayor and Members of Council, 

I am writing to provide you with an update on an issue that impacted a portion of O Train Line 1 service late last night. 

At approximately 11:30 pm, an OC Transpo rail operator observed sparks coming from  an overhead catenary system support pole west of Cyrville Station. Initial observations  indicated damage to an insulator that is part of the overhead catenary system. 

For the remainder of the service day, Line 1 continued to operate with trains between  Tunney’s Pasture and St-Laurent stations and R1 service between St-Laurent and Blair  stations. Additionally, an R1 Shuttle operated between St-Laurent and Cyrville  stations. 

Today’s Morning Service: 

The following service will be in place starting Saturday, February 10: 

• Line 1 will run in both directions between Tunney’s Pasture and St-Laurent  stations. 

• Line 1 will run in both directions on a single track between St-Laurent and  Blair Stations. 

Next Steps: 

An investigation into the cause of this incident has commenced. Crews will be mobilized  during the day to complete the investigation. The plan is to repair the insulator during  the maintenance hours after the end of service on Saturday. 

OC Transpo staff continue to work closely with Rideau Transit Maintenance to restore  full rail service to all stations as quickly as possible. Customers will be notified of any  further impacts to service through our regular communications channels. I will continue to provide you with updates as soon as they are available. Thank you, 

Renée Amilcar 

General Manager, Transit Services Department 


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