Ottawa LRT: Ice-cold tracks temporarily close part of the O-Train line Saturday morning

Ice on the train tracks shut down part of Confederation Line LRT for a short time Saturday morning. It was the second weekend in a row that extreme cold has hit the light rail.

The transit service said just before noon. 6:45 that R1 buses ran between Tunney’s Pasture Station and Hurdman Station, with train service from Hurdman to Blair. In a tweet, OC Transpo said the closure was due to “severe ice buildup” on the rails.

OC Transpo said full service resumed just before 8:30 p.m.

This comes as a major demonstration is set to take over downtown on Saturday. A convoy of truck drivers and their followers is ready to arrive in Ottawa around noon for a demonstration on Parliament Hill against COVID-19 public health mandates. Many roads will be blocked and it will be difficult to drive. Ottawa police are urging residents to avoid downtown if possible.

OC Transpo is also advising residents on a number of route detours and service delays due to the protest.

This is the second weekend in a row that extreme cold temperatures have affected the service on the LRT line.

Last weekend, the extreme cold was blamed for damage to the overhead electrical system on four vehicles.

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