This is breaking news.
The Orange line of the Montreal metro has been shut down between Berri-UQAM and Henri-Bourassa stations because of an "intervention by emergency services," according to an official statement online and on Twitter.
Shutdown ORANGE line between Berri-UQAM and H-Bourassa. Inter. emergency services. Service expected to resume at 15:25. #stminfo F
Service will not resume until at least 3:25pm, meaning the entire branch of the orange line will be shut down for at least an hour.
Details are few right now, but this post will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Hopefully there are no injuries.
The STM is setting up a shuttle to run along the Orange line route between Berri-UQAM and Henri-Bourassa stations.
Service disrupted at this time : A temporary bus shuttle service is being established between Berri-UQAM and Henri-Bourassa stations. #stminfo
This latest service interuption comes as the STM contends with higher than average ridership and a wave of passenger complaints.
UPDATE: The entire Blue line has been shut down.
Shutdown BLUE line between Snowdon and St-Michel. Inter. emergency services. Service expected to resume at 15:25. #stminfo K
The STM is setting up a shuttle to run along the Blue line route between Snowdown and Saint-Michel stations.
Interruption de service métro : Un service spécial de bus a été demandé entre les stations Snowdon et Saint-Michel. #stminfo
According to the Montreal Gazette, the emergency situation involved a medical crisis.
The Montreal police confirm that they are investigating "threatening comments" at Jean-Talon station. However, neither the SPVM nor the STM have made an explicit link between the shutdown and the investigation. Though, there certainly appears to be a connection.
Ongoing police operation at metro Jean-Talon. The #SPVM is investigating threatening comments made by an individual. There is nothing to report at this time.
Read more here.
The STM now predicts that service on both the Orange and Blue lines will not resume until 4:00pm.
Service is gradually resuming on the Orange line.
Service gradually resuming on the ORANGE line. #stminfo K
But Orange line trains will not stop at Jean-Talon station:
No trains stopping at Jean-Talon station. #stminfo X
Service is resuming gradually on the Blue line.
Service gradually resuming on the BLUE line. #stminfo H
Blue line trains will not stop at Jean-Talon station:
Métro service status : Service gradually resuming on the Blue line, but no trains stopping at Jean-Talon métro station. #stminfo
Normal metro serviceis resuming on the Orange line, including Jean-Talon station. This, of course, suggests that the threat that triggered the police investigation has abated.
Métro service status : Service gradually resuming on the entire Orange line, including at Jean-Talon métro station. #stminfo