Ottawa LRT System Resumes Full Service After Lightning Strike

Full service on Ottawa’s light rail transit system resumed Friday afternoon, four and a half days after a lightning strike reduced service on the system.

“Regular train service has resumed,” OC Transpo tweeted at 2:30 p.m. Friday. “All platforms at all Line 1 stations are open.”

“All repairs to the O-Train Line 1 catenary system, as well as all testing and verification activities, have been completed,” Transit Services general manager Renee Amilcar said in a statement.

“O-Train Line 1 will soon be full again with a normal frequency and there will be 11 trains running during the afternoon rush hour.”

A portion of the O-Train’s overhead lines was damaged between uOttawa and Lees stations during Sunday’s storm when it was struck by lightning at approximately 11:15 PM. The tracks were also damaged on Track 2 of the LRT line, requiring repairs.

OC Transpo operated the O-Train between Blair and St. Laurent stations and Rideau and Tunney’s Pasture stations between Tuesday and Friday, with R1 bus service between St. Laurent and Rideau stations.

Amilcar says the R1 bus service will no longer run and signs informing customers of the service interruptions will be removed in the coming hours.

“We recognize the impact these disruptions have had on our customers and we thank them for their continued patience as we worked with Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to resolve the issues and return to normal business operations,” said Amilcar. “We want to reassure our customers that the system is secure.”

Rideau Transit Group is investigating the damage caused by the lightning strike.

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