Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Expect a longer commute home tonight

TORONTO: July 6, 2016 – The heat warning by Environment Canada and the City of Toronto continues today for the GTHA with temperatures in excess of 31°C. As a safety precaution, there has been a temporary slow order issued for all GO Transit and UP Express trains which will result in minor delays for the afternoon commute.

Trains during the hottest hours today, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, will need to reduce their speed by 15mph (but not lower than 60mph). This may add on average 10 minutes to trips (longer for longer trips but much less for shorter trips like UP Express). Crews continue to monitor the weather for tomorrow.

Sustained high temperatures beyond 30°C can cause ‘sun kinks’ in steel rails. These bends in the rail can cause a safety issue if trains pass over them too quickly. The temporary slow order is out of an abundance of caution so to ensure customers get home safely. Their patience and understanding is appreciated. 

More information is available on our website, including a video to explain sun kinks. Customers should sign upfor On The GO alerts or follow @GOTransit@UPexpress and @Metrolinx for more information. 

1 comment:

Ed said...

I looked down the rails from the Ex station westward and it looked like spaghetti in a few places.
I can totally understand why the slow orders after seeing that.