Here’s a recap of what we covered at a very lengthy Joint Transit Commission and Light Rail Sub-Committee meeting last Friday.

Update on the launch of Stage 2 LRT

The Stage 2 LRT project achieved several milestones this year including the start of testing on the O-Train East extension, advancement of track installation on the West extension, and ongoing training of new diesel rail operators and controllers for the O-Train South lines 2 and 4.

South: The focus remains on testing the system and training OC Transpo operations staff. Over the next several months, testing hours will expand to practice operating O-Train lines 2 and 4 at the final service levels for a period of eight to ten weeks to ensure reliability of the overall system. Trial running of the system will occur in this period as well.

Trial running is intended to demonstrate that the complete integrated system infrastructure, including all subsystems, operating personnel and procedures, is ready to provide the service the public expects. OC Transpo will provide Council with daily updates on the progress of trial running, including final results and a recommendation to launch.

LRT Stage 2 trial running overview

East: Construction continues at all five stations. As part of the O-Train East extension, roadwork on Highway 174 will continue through the summer requiring intermittent closures. Testing will expand over the course of the year, and residents will see more trains running. Testing has also begun of the Overhead Catenary System that supplies power to the trains, and of the power and train control equipment near Montreal Station.

West: Track installation and station construction continues to progress. The cut and cover tunnels are advancing with most structure work complete, and preparations for installing track in the tunnels at Connaught Park and Byron Linear Park are underway.


Ridership and reliability update

Ridership reached 5.9 million customer-trips in April 2024, which remains about 10% lower than predicted last fall. In April, O-Train Line 1 service delivery was 98.9 per cent. Conventional bus service delivery in April was 98.8 per cent, which matches the highest number reported over the past year. Para Transpo ridership in April reached 71,700 total customer-trips.

Update on work to improve Line 1 service

Path to full system performance

Vehicle and track infrastructure work has been underway since last October to improve Line 1 service reliability and sustainability. This includes restraining rail gap management, top of rail friction modifiers, and implementing nut-pinning enhancements to the wheel hub assembly.

There’s no final root cause yet, but staff and representatives from Rideau Transit Group provided gave us an overview of engineering reports on additional corrective actions to Line 1 trains and infrastructure. A short-term closures of Line 1 is required in October to make some of these corrective actions such as rail grinding and ballast stabilization. Customers will receive more details on transit services before the work occurs.

My take on this: It’s frustrating for councillors and for residents too that we still don’t have a final root cause identified and a clear course of action to permanently fix issues with the train system. I also recognize that this is a very complex system and it’s going to take some time to finish the investigations and recommendations.  There is some disagreement between the various parties and reports, but I see that as a healthy tension and part of the “peer review” process – that’s normal for a project of this size and complexity. Uncertainty doesn’t equal a lack of transparency or a breakdown of relation between the partners; in fact we heard at the meeting that all groups are still working collaboratively and will be meeting again in June to work through report findings and towards a consensus on next steps. Stay tuned.


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