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Metrolinx Issues Slow Orders
Due to Possible Heat-Related Rail Buckling Issues

Update: Thursday, July 7, 2:16 p.m.: Metrolinx has re-issued the orders for GO and UP trains from 2 until 6 p.m. today.

Slow orders are in place on UP and GO lines in response to possible rail buckling that may arise from this week’s high temperatures. Metrolinx’s official press release on the subject follows:

TORONTO: July 6, 2016 - The heat warning by Environment Canada and the City of Toronto continues today for the GTHA with temperatures in excess of 31�C. As a safety precaution, there has been a temporary slow order issued for all GO Transit and UP Express trains which will result in minor delays for the afternoon commute.

Trains during the hottest hours today, 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, will need to reduce their speed by 15mph (but not lower than 60mph). This may add on average 10 minutes to trips (longer for longer trips but much less for shorter trips like UP Express). Crews continue to monitor the weather for tomorrow.

Sustained high temperatures beyond 30�C can cause ‘sun kinks’ in steel rails. These bends in the rail can cause a safety issue if trains pass over them too quickly. The temporary slow order is out of an abundance of caution so to ensure customers get home safely. Their patience and understanding is appreciated.