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Memo: LRT Service Update for New Year's Eve

Please see the below update regarding LRT Service for New Year's Eve.

Mayor, Members of Council, Members of the Transit Commission,

This evening there were 2 separate occurrences where trains lost power and were unable to continue in operation. The first occurred at Cyrville Station at 17:02. End to end rail service continued to operate with customers experiencing longer commute times. The train at Cyrville Station was removed and returned back to the maintenance facility at 18:51. At 17:53 a second train lost power just west of UOttawa Station. The transit operations control center implemented alternate service plans immediately to keep customers moving and mitigate the delays associated with the 2 events. Train service operated on a loop from Tunney's to Parliament Stations and from Blair to Hurdman Stations where with R1 replacement bus service running between Parliament and Hurdman Stations. At 23:50 the train at uOttawa was removed back to yard and full service resumed at 23:53.

Philippe Landry, P.Eng.

Acting General Manager, Transportation Services Department

Source : City of Ottawa

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Comments 4

- Mitchell on Wednesday, 01 January 2020 23:29

The mayor should step down, this should not be happening.
Ottawa tax payers deserve more, we pay the most in North America.
And we don’t get anything in return.

The mayor should step down, this should not be happening. Ottawa tax payers deserve more, we pay the most in North America. And we don’t get anything in return.
- Tony on Thursday, 02 January 2020 18:27

I disagree. The Mayor has nothing to do with those failures and issues. In fact, I think we should be grateful that our Mayor is taking actions to punish the engineers and their companies who've failed to deliver a proper system.

I disagree. The Mayor has nothing to do with those failures and issues. In fact, I think we should be grateful that our Mayor is taking actions to punish the engineers and their companies who've failed to deliver a proper system.
- Maria on Thursday, 02 January 2020 08:13

Unacceptable!

Unacceptable!
- J. on Friday, 10 January 2020 15:47

This web site is shocking and an embarrassment as there is nothing at all to showcase about OC transpo, let alone the O-Train system. I was born in Ottawa and have lived here using public transit for almost 35 years. I've seen a lot of changes over the years BUT the last year and half have proven to be profoundly important. We just had the one year anniversary of the tragic accident at Westboro station (where is the transparency and full disclosure on the investigation that the victims families and we taxpayers deserve??), then just several months later, massive changes to the entire transit system with the intro of the new O-train line and O-train Stations. Did OC transpo and city engineers consult other Canadian cities to understand how to properly design and plan for a new rail system? In In my experience, the train stations are poorly designed - at peak hours the stations are shoulder to shoulder a sea of miserable humans being herded like cattle, and the bus and train platforms and stair cases are WAY too narrow. The perfect storm for a major tragedy if there there is a fire or other emergency. Panic will set in and people will be trampled to death or worse run over by a bus or train. Overcrowding at the train stations during winter months is especially risky given the ice and snow covered platforms . Did city engineers and train station planners account at all for any population growth in the medium and long term? As with other Canadian cities with light rail, the city core (CBD) is supported by an integrated transit approach with balanced options for citizens to get to where most of us need to go for jobs and shopping and accessing important services. That means rail AND buses should be going to the downtown core. Vancouver does it, GTA does it. Calgary does it. Montreal does it. We need to have the return of bus service into the downtown core, especially from the fringes . Give riders transit options. We deserve at least that much. Its ironic that well planned modern public transit systems should be encouraging people to get out of their cars to reduce air pollution and reduce our carbon footprints. This city has so badly flubbed up the transit system that today, more people than ever before have started walking away from the bus stops and train stations and instead they are driving to work or to wherever they need to go. Me included. How disappointing and depressing for a city that once had a half decent public transit system. Please everyone in this city needs to pray and to speak to your municipal Councillor about how we need a comprehensive review of the entire transit system with a commitment to at least 1) make it safer and 2) make it more efficient and more practical without raising user fees or our municipal taxes.

This web site is shocking and an embarrassment as there is nothing at all to showcase about OC transpo, let alone the O-Train system. I was born in Ottawa and have lived here using public transit for almost 35 years. I've seen a lot of changes over the years BUT the last year and half have proven to be profoundly important. We just had the one year anniversary of the tragic accident at Westboro station (where is the transparency and full disclosure on the investigation that the victims families and we taxpayers deserve??), then just several months later, massive changes to the entire transit system with the intro of the new O-train line and O-train Stations. Did OC transpo and city engineers consult other Canadian cities to understand how to properly design and plan for a new rail system? In In my experience, the train stations are poorly designed - at peak hours the stations are shoulder to shoulder a sea of miserable humans being herded like cattle, and the bus and train platforms and stair cases are WAY too narrow. The perfect storm for a major tragedy if there there is a fire or other emergency. Panic will set in and people will be trampled to death or worse run over by a bus or train. Overcrowding at the train stations during winter months is especially risky given the ice and snow covered platforms . Did city engineers and train station planners account at all for any population growth in the medium and long term? As with other Canadian cities with light rail, the city core (CBD) is supported by an integrated transit approach with balanced options for citizens to get to where most of us need to go for jobs and shopping and accessing important services. That means rail AND buses should be going to the downtown core. Vancouver does it, GTA does it. Calgary does it. Montreal does it. We need to have the return of bus service into the downtown core, especially from the fringes . Give riders transit options. We deserve at least that much. Its ironic that well planned modern public transit systems should be encouraging people to get out of their cars to reduce air pollution and reduce our carbon footprints. This city has so badly flubbed up the transit system that today, more people than ever before have started walking away from the bus stops and train stations and instead they are driving to work or to wherever they need to go. Me included. How disappointing and depressing for a city that once had a half decent public transit system. Please everyone in this city needs to pray and to speak to your municipal Councillor about how we need a comprehensive review of the entire transit system with a commitment to at least 1) make it safer and 2) make it more efficient and more practical without raising user fees or our municipal taxes.
Monday, January 27, 2020