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OC Transpo had a terse message Tuesday morning for O-Train Line 1 passengers.

Meanwhile, west-end commuters have a new water main break to watch: westbound Robertson Road is reduced to one lane between Westcliffe and Mill Hill roads.

Albion Road remains closed from Cahill Drive to Southgate Road due to a broken water main but access for local traffic was maintained.

Expect delays heading downtown from the east end.

174 was reduced to two lanes from Blair Road to Highway 417 due to a collision.

Traffic backup on Highway 174 near Blair

Two earlier crashes on the eastbound Highway 417 at Eagleson Road and Kanata Avenue had been cleared up but downtown-bound traffic was thick and heavy.

There should be slightly fewer school buses on the road Tuesday with the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority cancelling transportation to English Catholic schools and some programs due to a one-day strike. Transit is running to all English Public schools.

“Wait times will be longer and crowding will be greater this morning because of a shortage of trains,” the service said at about 6:30 a.m.

Transit commission chair Alan Hubley said in a radio interview that only nine trains were operational Tuesday morning.

Special bus service would be operating from Hurdman and Tunney’s Pasture station would start at 7:30 a.m., the service said.

When OC Transpo had to deliver afternoon peak service on the Confederation Line with 10 instead of the usual 13 trains on Monday afternoon, it warned passengers to expect an extra minute of wait time, not the usual four-minute wait for trains and a corresponding 20 per cent more passengers on platforms and trains.

In a five-day period, transit troubles have included a broken overhead wire near St. Laurent Station and malfunctioning switches during the weekend snowstorm.

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