A section of Montreal's Green metro line will be shut down today for around an hour and a half after water managed to "infiltrate" the metro network.
The tweet, sent out this morning at 9:30, does not specify which stations were infiltrated with water, only that service is expected resume at 11 AM.
This shouldn't come as a surprise to most, as water has been reported creeping into the metro more than once, particularly on the Green line.
Scroll down to the bottom of this article for pertinent updates.
Shutdown GREEN line between Frontenac and Viau. Water infiltrations. Service expected to resume at 11:00. #stminfo X— Ligne Verte (@Ligne Verte)1558272820.0
The tweet above was sent out by the STM on their Green Line account indicating that the metro would be shut down between Viau and Frontenac.
This tweet was sent out around 9:30, meaning they are anticipating this problem will require an hour and a half to fix, at the very least, as service is "expected to resume at 11:00."
Again, there's no indication of which stations were taking on water, or if perhaps multiple stations between Viau and Frontenac were seeing issues.
[Ongoing disruption] Bus lines #stm125, #stm85 and #stm185 can be an alternative. Plan your trip on our site by unc… https://t.co/56HfnXIMKA— Ligne Verte (@Ligne Verte)1558273887.0
The STM followed up with the tweet above providing passengers with an alternative to the metro line while they work on fixing the station or stations that are currently taking on water.
Not a great alternative for anyone that was looking to purchase their fare at the station, but at least it'll get you moving in the right direction.
Up until this week, Montreal's STM network had gone a record number of days without a shutdown... but all good things must come to an end. And I still commend them for their regularly quick work with issues like this.
As mentioned above, this issue does not necessarily come as a surprise, considering the STM's project director has himself expressed that more than 70% of the metro system is in dire need of work.
In an article we published a month ago, we explained that the STM themselves are aware that nearly every aspect of the metro network is in need of renovation or repair.
While passenger safety is not a concern, the infrastructure of all the stations is compromised after so many years of use and very little investment in maintenance.
So while it's frustrating, Montrealers are likely used to these kinds of issues popping up. Better a Saturday than Monday, right?
UPDATE 10:10 AM: The STM has now initiated a shuttle between Viau and Frontenac.
[Ongoing disruption] 🚇⚠️ A special bus service is established between Frontenac and Viau stations. You can find the… https://t.co/mUvPDGmCVg— Ligne Verte (@Ligne Verte)1558274932.0
UPDATE 10:35 AM: After initiating a shuttle to run between the stations that are shut down, the STM has sent out another tweet indicating that the issue will now not be resolved until noon.
Shutdown continues GREEN line between Frontenac and Viau. Water infiltrations. Service expected to resume at 12:00. #stminfo J— Ligne Verte (@Ligne Verte)1558276293.0
Evidently, the issue was more work than initially anticipated or they've run into unforeseen problems. The tweet above reads:
"Please note that the disturbance took place due to a broken water line from the city of Montreal. We are currently working with them to establish the situation as quickly as possible."
This means that this section of the Green line will be without service for two and a half hours, if service does resume at the expected time of noon today.
We will update this space with any further details.
UPDATE 12:46 PM: The STM has updated passengers to let them know the closure will now continue until 3PM.
[Ongoing disruption] Shutdown continues GREEN line between Frontenac and Viau. Water infiltrations. City water pipe… https://t.co/wYxTsAta6A— Ligne Verte (@Ligne Verte)1558284248.0
According to the STM, a city water pipe broke which caused water to begin to infiltrate the STM network around 9:30 this morning. After expecting the closure to end around 11 AM and then 12 PM, they have now indicated that the closure will last until at least 3PM.
Stations Frontenac, Viau and those in between will remain closed for the next two hours, totalling the closure at 5 and a half hours.
UPDATE 3:30 PM: The STM has provided another update regarding the water infiltration that began this morning. At 3PM the STM sent out this tweet informing passengers that the Green Line would continue to be out of service between station Frontenac and station Viau until 6PM.
[Ongoing disruption] 🚇⚠️ Shutdown continues GREEN line between Frontenac and Viau métro stations. Water infiltratio… https://t.co/NesaG0f1rh— Ligne Verte (@Ligne Verte)1558292085.0
The only details the STM has provided throughout the day is that a city water pipe broke causing water to begin infiltrating the metro system around 9:30 this morning.
While service was expected to resume around 11 AM, that time has been pushed back several times now, with the latest update expecting service to resume at 6PM, making the total length of the shutdown over 8 hours.
We will update this space with any pertinent information.