OC Transpo boss reports ‘progress’ on LRT repairs, full service still expected Friday

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OC Transpo boss reports ‘progress’ on LRT repairs, full service still expected Friday

The LRT power supply was damaged when struck by lightning last weekend.

File: Repairs continue of the LRT
File: Repairs continue of the LRT Photo by Tony Caldwell /Postmedia

OC Transpo boss Renée Amilcar said Thursday the agency was making progress on restoring LRT service and expected it to be back at full service on Friday.

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“O-Train Line 1 service was launched this morning and is running with 4 trains in the west and 4 trains in the east, with one spare train,” Amilcar said in a memo to council and the transportation committee.

“However, R1 bus service continues between Rideau and St-Laurent stations.”

Amilcar said that, “due to the progress made by RTG,” temporary full O-Train Line 1 rail service ran Wednesday from 10:30 p.m. until the end of service.

“Service ran well and as planned,” she noted.

On Thursday, “RTG workers have resumed the delicate and complex work of re-wiring the overhead catenary system and other repairs are ongoing.”

The LRT power supply was damaged when struck by lightning last weekend.

“RTG continues to make progress on the required repairs to restore full O-Train service and it is anticipated to be completed (July 29),” Amilcar wrote.

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In later Twitter posts, OC Transpo said the system would “undergo various tests and verifications to ensure that it is safe to return to normal operations” once repairs were completed by RTG.

Another late-night run of temporary service on the full length of the system was expected to occur.

“Tomorrow morning, July 29, workers will resume repairs and O-Train Line 1 service will run in both the west and east ends of the system, with R1 bus service between Rideau and St-Laurent stations,” the posts added. “Staff will continue to assist with inquiries at key stations.

“We are prepared to restore full rail service once it is safe to do so.”

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