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‘Incident’ on track closes Edmonton LRT station during rush hour

ETS says "an incident at track level" caused rush hour delays Monday, Nov. 21, 2013. Global News

Edmonton Transit said “an incident at track level” on the main LRT line Monday evening caused system-wide delays.

Officials said it happened at approximately 5:20 p.m. The Health Sciences LRT Station was temporarily closed.

Replacement bus shuttles were running between University and South Campus stations.

However, transit passengers reported there were also delays waiting for the replacement buses.

“Replacement buses take some time to get to stations,” Edmonton Transit spokeswoman Jennifer Laraway said. “They are either dispatched from garages, we may have to call in extra operators, or they are taken from routes in service. Either way, it usually takes about 30 minutes to get buses to various stations, longer in rush hour. But, we have procedures in place to initiate this immediately during an incident like this.

“Crews work very hard to get people accommodated as quickly as possible.”

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At 6:55 p.m., Laraway said both the Capital and Metro Lines were returning to scheduled service but it would take between 30 and 45 minutes to get back to regular frequency.

“We are keeping extra bus service in place right now due to the high demand for transit and getting to the hockey game,” Laraway explained.

Officials said crews were on scene. Few details about the nature of the incident have been released.

More to come…

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