02 Mar New Trains improve O-Train Trillium Line service
Ottawa residents can now take advantage of more comfortable, convenient and reliable transit service on OC Transpo’s O-Train Trillium Line.
“Today is yet another milestone in Ottawa’s transit history,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “The completion of the O-Train Trillium Line Expansion project demonstrates our City’s continued commitment to providing safe, reliable and efficient transit service. The new trains will meet the demand of growing ridership to and from the south end of Ottawa now and well into the future.”
Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission, today announced the completion of the $60.3 million O-Train Trillium Line Expansion project, along with the service implementation of six new Alstom Coradia Lint trains.
The new service can operate four cars at a time, due to two new passing tracks near Brookfield and Gladstone, which will allow the O-Train Trillium Line to carry more people. Service from Monday to Saturday will start at 6 a.m. and run every 10 to12 minutes, and Sunday service will start at 7:30 a.m. and run every 10 to15 minutes.
Customers will be able to take advantage of more frequent service, reduced waiting times, increased capacity, better travel connections and improved comfort, convenience and reliability.
“With the expanded O-Train Trillium Line service OC Transpo is once again demonstrating its commitment to offering world class transit service in Ottawa,” said Chair Blais.
With the expanded service, the signals and operations will be adjusted further. The service frequency will gradually increase and travel time will be reduced — when trains will run approximately every 8 to 10 minutes.
In addition to purchasing the six new trains, upgrades have been made to the signal system, train controls, stations, tracks and train yard. A Centralized Traffic Control system has also been installed for enhanced safety and improved efficiency. New passenger information systems will be added to the trains, along with security cameras and passenger counters. This project is a critical component of the City’s plans to accommodate transit customers travelling to and from the south end of Ottawa while Transitway service is adjusted during the construction of the O-Train Confederation Line project. The City of Ottawa is the first city in North America to use these Alstom Coradia Lint trains.
For O-Train Trillium Line schedule information and to plan your transit trips, please visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390.