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Orange Line Shut Down As Downtown Station Is Flooded (Video)

Montreal Orange Line Shut Down Until Noon As Downtown Station Flooded (Video)
  • Montreal's STM Orange metro line shut down continues between Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM this morning, with the STM now indicating service may not return until noon.
  • Service was shut down early this morning after a City of Montreal aqueduct burst and water began to infiltrate station Square-Victoria-OACI.
  • Take a look at the videos below showing the significant water in the station.

Montreal's STM Orange metro line is shut down between Lionel-Groulx station and Berri-UQAM station, with service now not expected to return until noon today.

Issues began on the Orange metro line as early as 6:30 a.m. this morning as trains first began avoiding making stops at station Square-Victoria-OACI.

Then, the STM let passengers know that there had been an infiltration of water in the station that caused them to then shut down the entire Orange line between Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM, effectively the entire downtown section of the Orange line.

UPDATE: Service is gradually resuming on the orange line. Square Victoria station remains closed.

Luckily, the Green line exists and is still running, so make that your mode of metro for today, and expect it to be busy.

The STM first suggested that the Orange line would be back up and running by 9 a.m. this morning, but evidently, the infiltration of water has proved to be a bigger issue than initially expected.

Now, it seems the Orange line won't be back up and running until 12 p.m. as the STSM works to try and mitigate the water that has managed its way into the metro network after a City of Montreal aqueduct burst outside Square-Victoria-OACI station.

Individuals who are travelling between Lionel-Groulx and Cote-Vertu or between Berri-UQAM and Montmorency are being told to exit the trains at Lionel-Groulx or Berri-UQAM, the two temporary "terminus" stations for the Orange line this morning.

The STM explains above that because of the water they were forced to cut power, as water and electricity are, understandably, not a great combo and their priority is to keep passengers and employees safe.

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The video below shows the significant amount of water that made its way into the metro station after the city's aqueduct burst nearby.

Water infiltration in the metro.

The MTL Blog reader who sent us these exclusive videos also shared that her regular commute is between 30 and 40 minutes and today it took her an hour and a half to get to work... a story that most Montrealers are likely relating to right now.

Water infiltration in the metro.

The videos above were taken at Square-Victoria-OACI station, where the source of the infiltration began, that forced the STM to cut power to the entire downtown stretch of the Orange line.

UPDATE: Service is gradually resuming on the orange line. Square Victoria station remains closed.

Again, the Green line remains open, but expect delays across the transit network today as people reroute their regular morning commute.

We will keep you updated as more information arises.

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