Train delay blamed on cold weather
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.