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Canada Line snow freezes passengers

Commuters on the Canada Line were frozen in place Thursday morning when a build-up of snow and ice cemented a train to the tracks. 

Commuters on the Canada Line were frozen in place Thursday morning when a build-up of snow and ice cemented a train to the tracks.

Passengers in the 8 a.m. train were stuck for about an hour between Bridgeport and Aberdeen stations.

“We’re taking this as a learning opportunity,” said Jason Chan, Canada Line spokesman, about the slowdown of the year-old transportation system.

A build-up on the Canada Line bridge between Bridgeport and Martine Drive station halted service for about four hours. Express buses started running at about 8:30 a.m., shuttling passengers between the two stations.

Trains equipped with de-icing fluid defrosted the tracks at about noon.

Moreover, the delay had some luggage-in-hand travellers bustling to make their flights at YVR.

“It’s a bit of an frosty curveball,” said Sarah Brandon, of Halifax, riding a shuttle to the next station on her way to Vancouver International Airport.

About 25 flights out of YVR were cancelled Thursday due to weather conditions, with an additional 33 flights delayed.

 
 
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