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GO passengers delayed for hours after major problems on two lines

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 28th, 2016

GO train passengers were left stranded for hours after major problems on the Barrie and Lakeshore East lines during the Tuesday afternoon commute.

On the Lakeshore East line, passengers were delayed more than three hours after a train broke down and lost power around 4:30 p.m. near Ajax and triggered significant delays along the line.

Many riders were forced to sit or stand for hours without air conditioning as GO worked to get a tow train to push the disabled train to the nearest station. Spokeswoman Anne-Marie Aikins said congestion and the gas leak on the Barrie line made matters worse.

That led to lengthy delays for all subsequent trains during the rush hour. Metrolinx says all riders will be reimbursed for the cost of their trip.

CityNews viewer Chris Pang said the wait on the overcrowded train was unbearable.

“The conditions on the train during this … delay were atrocious,” he said.

“Since this train was crowded as usual, for over four hours many people stood, although we all tried to take turns sharing seats … The temperature aboard was gradually becoming unbearable. Many people seemed flush, and a pregnant lady started to feel faint.”

Pang said many passengers had to scramble to arrange child care.

Meanwhile, a gas leak at the Aurora GO station halted train service on the Barrie line during the evening rush, stranding as many as 1,800 passengers on four trains.

Metrolinx worked with police to get people safely out of the trains. There were no reported injuries.

Shortly before 11 p.m., York Regional Police said the leak had been capped. There’s no word on the cause, but there is construction in the area.

You can check Go Transit service updates here.

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