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Your commute: Fewer school buses on the road, wires down in west end

Don’t forget, parents – buses are cancelled to all Ottawa Carleton District School Board kindergarten to Grade 8 schools Thursday due to a teacher walkout.

Catholic schools are not affected.

Motorists should expect traffic disruptions on McCarthy Road between Southmore Drive to Plante Road because of rail crossing malfunction, the city’s traffic centre reported at about 7:20 a.m. Avoid area and use other routes.

In the west end, southbound Merivale Road between Baseline Road and Clyde Avenue is closed to traffic until about 9 a.m. Thursday as repairs are made to wires downed in a collision Wednesday night, police warned.

Falaise Road is also closed from Apledoorn Avenue to Claymor Avenue due to fallen overhead wires.

O-Train Line 1 was expected to have 13 trains providing full service, transit general manager John Manconi said in a statement Wednesday night. Supplementary bus service continues from Tunney’s Pasture, Hurdman, and Blair stations to downtown.

Via Rail is cancelling all departures between Ottawa and Toronto and Montreal and Toronto until the end of day Friday due to the week-old blockade near Belleville in support of opponents of a natural gas pipeline in British Columbia.

Affected passengers will receive an email and a full refund.

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