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Higher capacity on Line 1 this winter

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Beginning Monday, January 8, O-Train Line 1 will return to double-car train service on every trip on weekdays. This will help accommodate higher ridership during the busiest times on the system.

The move to double-car trains operating every 5-6 minutes will provide a more comfortable ride for customers. Customers will be able to board the train from anywhere along the platform.

On weekends, service will continue to run with single-car trains. During these periods, customers will need to board the train at the farthest end of the platform in the direction of travel. This means:

  • If you are travelling eastbound, go to the eastern most portion of the platform.
  • If you are travelling westbound, go to the west end of the platform.

This return to double-car service is possible thanks to measures taken to extend the life of the wheel hub assemblies on Line 1 vehicles and ensure their safe operation.

Since late summer, OC Transpo, Rideau Transit Group (RTG), and Alstom have been making considerable progress analyzing and testing a solution to a problem with the axle hub assembly on O-Train vehicles. When engineers identified the problem, O-Train service was reduced to single-car trains while repairs were performed.

A new tested solution, which meets safety requirements, is now being applied to all vehicles. This will immediately improve service on Line 1. 

Read more about the axle hub assembly repairs: COUNCIL MEMOS – O-Train Line 1 returns to double-car train service