Computer system problem temporarily shuts down O-Train Line 1

ByShannon J. Cortes

Aug 27, 2022

OC Transpo said a system-wide communications issue caused Line 1 to close early Saturday morning, which was restored within an hour.

A computer system problem caused the O-Train Line 1 to stop for a few hours early Saturday morning.

OC Transpo said in a tweet that the computer glitch impacted the Transit Operations Control Center’s ability to remotely control the tunnel’s ventilation system, safety-critical equipment needed to operate public transport. trains in the tunnels of the downtown light rail (LRT) system.

OC Transpo said earlier that temporary R1 buses were to be put in place around 6 a.m. between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair station and Hurdman station.

Around 7:30 a.m., service was fully restored.

It also comes after OC Transpo general manager Renée Amilcar said all track and maintenance work was successfully completed on Thursday.

In a note published on Friday August 26, Amilcar said that during the two-week period a number of complex maintenance activities took place, including the calibration of the switch heater to prepare for the winter, rail repair and replacement, track inspections and rail grinding. .

This work, Amilcar said, particularly the grinding and profiling of the rails, will ultimately improve ride quality, customer comfort and overall durability.

Amilcar acknowledged the service adjustments were an inconvenience and thanked transit riders and customers for their patience and understanding.

She added that the transit agency will continue to work closely with the Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM) group to standardize the schedule for this work so customers can expect annual service adjustments to line 1 occur in the years to come.