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The Confederation line is apparently going to take 25 minutes to go 12.5 km from Tunney's to Blair.
The Trillium line takes about 16 minutes to go 8km from Bayview to Greenboro.

This is an average of 30 km/h.  Seems awfully slow.  hhhWhy?

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Maybe it's the higher number of stops.  If you check the OC Transpo website schedule, it'll take 2 minutes between every station, except between Rideau and UOttawa, where it'll take 3 minutes.

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The Montreal Metro’s average speed is 40km/h. Keep in mind though that it is rubber tire based so it is able to accelerate quicker and brake faster than steel wheel rail. 

For comparison, the Toronto Subway average speed is between 28-32km/h depending on the line.

Top speeds will be higher than the average which takes into account stopping, accelerating and braking.

The Ottawa system is no better or worse than the other major systems in general for speed.

 

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