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Deep freeze taking toll on GTA transit

NEWS STAFF | posted Thursday, Jan 31st, 2019

Toronto and the GTA remains under an extreme cold warning, as the bitterly cold temperatures continue to grip the region.

Thursday was the coldest morning of the winter season. At 2 a.m. the temperature at Pearson airport hit -22.6 C with a windchill of -38.

The frigid temperatures have also affected transit across the GTA, with frozen switches, doors and signals being the most common on-and-off issues.

The TTC has been plagued with weather-related issues over the past couple of days, including shutdowns of Line 3. The line was once again shut down on Thursday morning due to the weather. Shuttle buses are running.

Service on the UP Express will also be operating on reduced hours — running every 30 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. On Wednesday evening, service was suspended because of weather-related equipment issues.

“What we need to do today is bring some of those trains into the shop for an extended period of time and let them properly thaw out,” Metrolinx spokesperson Matt Llewellyn said.

Environment Canada issued the extreme cold warning on Monday, the day after a massive snowstorm blanketed the GTA.

680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said the windchill is expected to be between -30 to -38 through to very early Friday morning.

Taylor said the high on Thursday will be -14 C but the wind will make it feel like -26 C this afternoon. It will continue to be cold overnight as the windchill drops to -30.


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