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Ready for Rail - Operational Readiness - March 20, 2019

Today at the City of Ottawa's Transportation meeting, more details concerning the Confederation Line's Operational Readiness were shared. The complete presentation and the accompanying video are attached below for your review and viewing.

As the date to service launch nears, details were made available in regards to the usage of the line.

Most importantly is that the existing bus service will continue for three weeks after the launch of the LRT. This will be a transition period to allow people to gradually migrate to the LRT before the bus routes are changed and existing bus service ends.

Below is a summary of the major points that were presented:

Customers can connect with Line 1 by:

  • Bus at 10 of 13 Line 1 stations;
  • O-Train Line 2 at Bayview Station; and,
  • Walking, mobility device, and bike, via local streets and many multi-use pathways.
  • Bus routes numbered 5 to 99 and Connexion routes numbered in the 200s will all connect to Line 1; and,
  • •Destination names will be clearly marked at all bus stops – and most destinations will be a Line 1 station.

Customers from:

  • Orléans will transfer at Blair Station;
  • Alta Vista, Greenboro, Vanier, etc. will transfer at St-Laurent Station or Hurdman Station; and,
  • Stittsville, Kanata, Barrhaven, Nepean will transfer at Tunney's Pasture Station.
  • O-Train Lines 1 and 2 will connect at Bayview Station.

Connecting by Bus :

  • Integrated bus loops and fare-paid zones at three major stations will allow quick and easy connections;
  • Arrival bus stops are located near to station entrances to minimize walking distances;

Hours of Operation and Frequency:

  • Monday - Thursday : 5am-1am
  • Friday : 5am-2am
  • Saturday : 6am-2am
  • Sunday : 8am-11pm
  • Trains arrive at every station every 5 minutes or less at peak times;
  • Service is frequent all day, and every 15 minutes or better after 11 p.m.;
  • Travel time end-to-end will be under 25 minutes

Source : City of Ottawa

Photo : O-Train Fans

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Comments 6

- DavidBellerive on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:38

Interesting to see we moved from "once the train goes live, we switch everthing Day 1" to the three week "transition" period. It might lead to some confusion, but I can see the benefit of "easing" people in the new system.

Also, quite happy that the presentation was this detailed: R1 service will (hopefully) be something we don't see often, but they seem to be ready for the worst, and it is a good thing!

Interesting to see we moved from "once the train goes live, we switch everthing Day 1" to the three week "transition" period. It might lead to some confusion, but I can see the benefit of "easing" people in the new system. Also, quite happy that the presentation was this detailed: R1 service will (hopefully) be something we don't see often, but they seem to be ready for the worst, and it is a good thing!
- Donald-Dean on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 20:09

I think they said a while back there would be a transition period. I think they hadn’t been super clear before how long it would last and might have said a month before but 3 weeks is more than generous. I don’t see issues and it helps the system ramp up during the initial start rather than have to take the full load on day 1. Gives people time to transition in waves rather than all at once.

I think they said a while back there would be a transition period. I think they hadn’t been super clear before how long it would last and might have said a month before but 3 weeks is more than generous. I don’t see issues and it helps the system ramp up during the initial start rather than have to take the full load on day 1. Gives people time to transition in waves rather than all at once.
Shane Seguin on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 19:54

Important to note that although John Manconi said that a Confederation Line system outage or closure would "Not be Pretty", he is stating the obvious, but at the same time, the situation is the same and no worse here than it is elsewhere. Just look at Montreal when the Metro closes. Replacement buses are used for the affected section of the line but surface transit will always be slower and not up to the capacity of the heavy backbone of the Metro or the LRT in Ottawa. Simple numbers.

So again, the situation won't be any worse here than pretty much anywhere else. I just felt it was important to highlight this.

Important to note that although John Manconi said that a Confederation Line system outage or closure would "Not be Pretty", he is stating the obvious, but at the same time, the situation is the same and no worse here than it is elsewhere. Just look at Montreal when the Metro closes. Replacement buses are used for the affected section of the line but surface transit will always be slower and not up to the capacity of the heavy backbone of the Metro or the LRT in Ottawa. Simple numbers. So again, the situation won't be any worse here than pretty much anywhere else. I just felt it was important to highlight this.
- Eric on Thursday, 21 March 2019 09:20

They say you can transfer to and from bus at 10 of the 13 stations (10/13). Which stations don't have buses coming to them? I know uOttawa and Tremblay won't have buses coming by, but what is the 3rd station? I'm pretty sure the other ones have bus service... no?

They say you can transfer to and from bus at 10 of the 13 stations (10/13). Which stations don't have buses coming to them? I know uOttawa and Tremblay won't have buses coming by, but what is the 3rd station? I'm pretty sure the other ones have bus service... no?
- Spencer Graham on Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:07

Probably Bayview? Buses coming out of the neighborhoods around there would either go to Pimisi or Tunneys.

Probably Bayview? Buses coming out of the neighborhoods around there would either go to Pimisi or Tunneys.
- Lucas on Friday, 22 March 2019 13:29

I'm pretty sure it's Cyrville

I'm pretty sure it's Cyrville
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