LRT disruption could extend into Friday

ByTrevor Pritchard,  CBC News Ottawa, January 16, 2020

East-end LRT riders will have to rely on bus service through the afternoon rush hour — and possibly even tomorrow morning — after a broken overhead power line halted service Thursday.

The wire broke around 10:50 a.m. and apparently fell onto a train as it entered St-Laurent station, said Troy Charter, the City of Ottawa's director of transit operations, at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Shortly afterward, OC Transpo announced that buses would be replacing LRT service between Hurdman and Blair stations.
This train became stuck at St-Laurent station on Jan. 16, 2020, after an overhead power wire broke at around 11 a.m. (David Richard/Radio-Canada)
Charter said the system "functioned as intended" and that power was immediately cut to both the overhead wires and the train.

While Rideau Transit Maintenance was working to restore service as quickly as possible, there was a chance that wouldn't happen until Friday, Charter said.

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