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Partial LRT service resumes Tuesday

Updated: Aug 9, 2023

OTTAWA —Ottawa residents can expect a sigh of relief as partial service on the Confederation Line of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system has resumed earlier than anticipated. The section between Tunney's Pasture and uOttawa stations reopened its doors on Tuesday, marking a significant step forward in restoring safe and efficient service along Line 1.

Renée Amilcar, the city's general manager of transit services, confirmed the completion of crucial work on restraining rails, which played a pivotal role in achieving this early resumption of service. This development is seen as a positive sign in the ongoing efforts to enhance safety and operational excellence within Ottawa's LRT system.

Passengers and commuters alike will now have access to a more convenient and accessible public transportation option, with five single-car trains operating every five minutes between the reopened stations. This initial resumption of service is further complemented by the availability of R1, R1 Express, and Para R1 buses, offering a comprehensive and interconnected transit network.

While the full service from Blair to Tunney's Pasture is expected to be fully operational by August 14, the partial service will continue to be provided with the single-car trains throughout the month of August. This cautious approach ensures a smooth transition and minimizes any potential disruptions for commuters.

Mayor and city officials joined the reopening event, emphasizing the significance of this step in the continuous journey of improving the LRT system. Temporary speed restrictions near the Rideau station were put in place as a precautionary measure, but these measures were deemed manageable and did not hinder the overall resumption of service.

The reopening of this LRT section is expected to provide a boost to public transportation options, particularly for passengers in the west end of Ottawa. The city had undertaken thorough trial runs and made necessary preparations to ensure a seamless experience for commuters, encouraging them to confidently use the services.

A target date for September updates has been mentioned, indicating that ongoing enhancements and adjustments will be part of the ongoing effort to optimize the LRT system's performance and safety features.