Train de­lay bla­med on cold weather

L'Etoile - - IN OTHER WORDS -

Ade­lay of more than one hour for Mon­day's 8:10 a.m. Vau­dreuilDo­rion train to the down­town Lu­cienL'al­lier sta­tion was most li­ke­ly due to cold weather. But that was small com­fort to com­mu­ters who were left stran­ded along the line with lit­tle in­for­ma­tion and on what was the col­dest day of the year thus far.

The train, ope­ra­ted by Agence mé­tro­po­li­taine de trans­port, was sche­du­led to de­part from the Vau­dreuil-do­rion train sta­tion Mon­day mor­ning at 8:10 a.m.

Me­dia re­ports say the train was de­layed by more than an hour be­fore it fi­nal­ly got un­der­way.

Pas­sen­gers at the train's 15 stops in­clu­ding Pin­court-ter­rasse-vau­dreuil, L'île-per­rot, Sainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue and more, were left wai­ting with no in­for­ma­tion other than the train was de­layed.

CIT La Pres­qu'île Di­rec­tor Ge­ne­ral Ma­non Cha­rest, whose agen­cy does not ope­rate the train, said Mon­day she was in­for­med about the de­lay via an ins­tant mes­sage.

"The doors (to the train) would not open," Cha­rest said.

Spe­cu­la­tion is that the doors were mal­func­tio­ning due to cold weather.

She could not say why com­mu­ters were not gi­ven more in­for­ma­tion, but said in the fu­ture people can re­ly on al­ter­nate trans­por­ta­tion in­clu­ding the A40 Ex­press Bus that ope­rates from the Vau­dreuil-do­rion train sta­tion with ser­vice to the Côte-ver­tu me­tro, or CIT La Pres­qu'île shut­tle busses to Sainte-anne-de-bel­le­vue where ri­ders can ac­cess STM busses.

AMT of­fi­cials did not re­turn calls in time for dead­line.

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