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BACK ON TRACK: O-Train service resumes after power outage

Service between uOttawa and Tremblay stations was interrupted from approximately 9 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m.

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Service has been restored to the entire Confederation Line after a power outage prevented trains from moving between uOttawa and Tremblay stations.

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City of Ottawa Transit General Manager Renée Amilcar announced the restoration of service on the O-Train line just before 6 p.m. Saturday. Service was suspended for most of Saturday after a train lost power just outside Lees station around 9am.

The system’s safety devices responded by stopping the train.

Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM) “inspected and repaired the catenary system” of the LRT line before service was restored, Amilcar said in a statement.

Responding to the stalled train, Amilcar said technicians discovered a wire called “parafil” had snapped. The wire is connected to the overhead catenary system, which supplies the train with electricity.

“The root cause investigation will determine if this incident is related to previous parafil issues and verify that previous corrective actions are still relevant,” Amilcar said.

“This incident does not appear to be related to the power outage experienced on January 22, 2022.”

Shuttles were called on January 22 between Blair and Hurdman stations after the LRT power outage in the east of the city.

OC Transpo said at the time that a prolonged cold snap in the area had affected LRT’s overhead catenary power lines.