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Your commute: Full service on LRT, VIA suspends operations, weekend road closures

Bundle up for your Friday morning commute.

It’s so cold Friday morning that school buses are cancelled in Renfrew County as kids in Ottawa presumably chill out with a PD day for public and Catholic elementary school students.

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority is running buses as usual for unlucky high schoolers.

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

There was “a brief delay” on Line 2 due to a stopped train but full service had been restored as of 6:12 a.m., OC Transpo said.

VIA passengers remain out of luck.

After a week-old blockade of tracks by pipeline opponents in the Belleville area, the rail service said Thursday that it “has no other option but to cancel its services, effective immediately and until further notice.

“We understand the impact this unfortunate situation has on our passengers and regret the significant inconvenience this is causing to their travel. Full refunds will be automatically processed for all cancelled trips.”

For motorists, the downtown commute includes traffic disruptions on Queen Street at O’Connor Street due to dark traffic signals so expect delays, the city’s traffic centre warned.

As of 7:20 a.m., eastbound Innes Road was reduced to one lane at Bantree Road due to a collision so avoid area if you can.

Cleanup of a crashed transport truck was still underway on Highway 416 at Bruin Road with two northbound lanes and the left shoulder still blocked.

Weekend Winterlude road closures include:

Winterman races street closures Sunday:

Accora Village Bed Race for Kiwanis Saturday

Construction-related closures:

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