Snow removal has prompted many questions from our transit users. Here are the answers to 10 of your most frequently asked questions about it.
Snow is removed from exo sites by private contractors hired for the winter season (November 15 to April 15).
At the end of every day, each contractor presents us with a report detailing the actions carried out on each site.
Snow removal operations cover all pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas.
To ensure your safety, our facilities are cleared of snow, de-iced and spread with abrasives (salt, sand, gravel, ice melters) as soon as:
Snow clearing operations often take place outside of peak periods:
Removing snow or spreading abrasives during peak periods could lengthen embarking and disembarking times for trains, resulting in delays.
We store snow in certain parking spaces as they can be used temporarily or permanently while we wait for regulated snow disposal sites to open.
Our crews remove the snow as soon as city snow disposal sites are opened.
Temporary storage is governed by strict regulations:
Parking spots and remote areas on the site are used to collect snow throughout the winter.
When both snow and freezing rain are forecast, the snow removal crews deliberately choose not to clear all of the snow. This allows the freezing rain to stick to the snow and form a layer of ice that cracks beneath your feet. As well, when the freezing rain stops falling, this layer of ice is easier to remove.
We use three types of abrasive:
Salt damages rolling stock as well as the electrical circuits and telecom ducts located beside or near the tracks. Instead, we use magnesium chloride (MgCl2), which protects the equipment while still melting the snow.
For your safety, snow blowers are only used under the supervision of a railway employee, known as a flagman.
If a flagman is not present, abrasives may only be spread by hand or with a portable dispenser.
Want to know more about exo’s winter initiatives? Read our winter plan.