Copper Theft Shuts Down O-Train
Copper theft has once again forced the shutdown of O-Train service on the Trillium Line, OC Transpo has confirmed.
The line has been out of commission since 7:30 a.m. Tuesday 3rd July. Ottawa police are investigating.
OC Transpo won’t say exactly where the theft of valuable copper cable occurred because it doesn’t want to encourage copycats. “We’ve had occurrences where graffiti and those types of things occur, but nothing of this magnitude,” said Troy Charter, OC Transpo’s director of transit operations, by phone Wednesday.
“There has been one other occurrence that has impacted service like we’re seeing yesterday and into today.” That incident — also a copper theft — occurred in March 2017.
OC Transpo has been slowly replacing the above-ground poles that carried the copper signal cable, and Tuesday’s theft occurred at the last such pole still standing.
“At the end of this year, we will have addressed that last final location where this exists,” Charter said.
Charter didn’t know how much cable was stolen, but said it was a “highly dangerous” crime that must have required some “pretty robust tools” to pull off.
“You’re cutting through a fairly significant piece of copper wire to get this. It’s not something you can just pull apart with your hands,” he said.
“The system and the safety system functioned as intended. Immediately, once we lost that communication the trains came to a complete stop.”
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