O-Train Disruptions Cause Delays Amid First Snowfall

O-Train Disruptions Cause Delays Amid First Snowfall
An LRT train on OC Transpo's O-Train Confederation Line departs Lees Station in Ottawa, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Commuters faced a challenging start to the week as two O-Train disruptions affected the Monday morning commute amid the season’s first snowfall.

The disruptions, which affected multiple stations across the city, left many passengers delayed and searching for alternative modes of transportation.

OC Transpo confirmed that a halted train disrupted the westbound service at Hurdman, Lees, and uOttawa stations just after 6:45 a.m. on Monday. Due to this, service was restricted to run only on the eastbound platforms for both directions at these stations. This diversion contributed significantly to the morning’s delays.

A packed train prepares to depart Parliament Station on Thursday, as track work slows down LRT service in Ottawa. (Tabor Bucknell/Newstalk 580 CFRA listener)

“To support our commuters during this disruption, we implemented the supplemental R1 service between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair stations,” an OC Transpo representative stated.

Thankfully for the morning travelers, regular train service was restored just shy of 8 a.m. However, a sense of respite was short-lived.

Before the clock hit 8:30 a.m., another train came to a stop, this time affecting the St-Laurent and Cyrville stations. The stopped train, heading eastbound, again caused services to continue running in both directions but only on the westbound platforms.

Service interruptions at these stations lasted approximately five minutes, with operations returning to normal around 8:35 a.m.

Today’s disruptions, coinciding with the first snowfall of the year, tested the patience of Ottawa commuters. Many are hopeful that the city’s transportation system will be better prepared for future inclement weather events.