Water main break in NDG affects Montreal commuters
MONTREAL — Montreal commuters faced service interruptions, travel delays and replacement buses after a water main break in NDG Friday morning.
The incident took place close to a railway line, causing flooding and ice to form on the tracks, and later, service delays for commuter trains heading into the city.
A 20-cm water main pipe burst early Friday morning, near Belgrave Avenue and De Maisonneuve Boulevard.
People that Global News spoke with who live along Belgrave Avenue said they saw a “river” flowing down their street around 4 a.m.
Train lines affected
With ice forming on the railway tracks, Montreal commuter trains struggled to get to the downtown Montreal train terminal.
Vaudreuil-Hudson, St-Jérôme and Candiac lines were all affected, the same lines that were shut down on Monday due to a CP Rail strike.
The AMT planned for replacement shuttle buses to be available at the Vendome metro station, however, it didn’t have enough to meet demand.
To help bring NDG and Montreal West commuters downtown, the STM increased the number of 105 buses, which run the length of Sherbrooke Street West between Montreal West and the Vendome metro station.
After the commuting chaos
City workers and residents were out in force trying to clear the streets and chip out parked vehicles trapped in the ice.
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