New heaters for LRT track switches delayed

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, October 21, 2020

With winter approaching, Ottawa transit commissioners and staff are concerned that some problematic switches on the light rail tracks won't get their new gas-powered heaters until early December.

Transit officials have said this winter will be the true test of whether Rideau Transit has managed to fix the LRT's many issues.

During the train's inaugural winter, switches that got stuck on the eastern leg of the Confederation Line were responsible for some of the train's many disruptions.

Transit commissioners have discussed the heaters before, and had learned the Trillium Line has heaters powered by propane and natural gas, whereas the new Confederation Line's were originally electric.

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