For the second time in a week, passengers on the Vaudreuil-Hudson train line endured several delays Wednesday morning.
As of 9 a.m., nine trains were delayed, seven of which were heading downtown during the morning rush hour. On Tuesday, two trains heading to the West Island were delayed in the afternoon and evening.
As well, four downtown-bound trains on the Candiac Line and three on the St-Jérôme Line were delayed Wednesday.
The website of the Agence métropolitaine de Montréal, which operates the commuter trains, blamed the Vaudreuil-Hudson delays on operational constraints caused by Canadian Pacific, which operates the line.
On Monday, a problem with switches near the Montreal West station caused several delays during the morning commute. A CP spokesperson apologized and said the company would work to resolve the issue.
But ATM spokesperson Caroline Julie said Wednesday’s slowdowns on the Vaudreuil-Hudson line were related to the same CP problem. As well, maintenance planned near the Vaudreuil station was not completed overnight. Because of that, trains were not permitted to exceed speeds of 16 km/h over a span of 1.5 km. Normally they travel at nearly 50 km/h.
On the Candiac Line, Julie said the Victoria Bridge and its tracks had to be raised to let cargo ships through on Wednesday morning, causing delays.
On the St-Jérôme Line, trains were subject to only minor delays and made up the lost time by the time they reached the downtown terminal at Lucien L’Allier station, she said.