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2023 year-end update on the O-Train extension and transit projects

Didn’t get a chance to tune into the December 14 Transit Commission and Light Rail-Sub-Committee meeting? No worries! The Next Stop Blog is here to get you caught up on the latest transit updates.

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Project Spotlight: Stage 2 Emergency Responder Training

The O-Train System will soon allow you to take a train as far as Riverside South on Line 2 and to the Ottawa International Airport on Line 4.

On October 31, OC Transpo was joined by first responders at the airport for a unique training exercise to test emergency training, plans, and procedures. This was a critical milestone to ensure our team, City services and our partners are ready to safely operate the new system when it opens to the public.

To find out more, we caught up with the Rail Construction Program’s Security Consultant, Peter, to learn about the training exercise and how it will help to ensure we are prepared for emergency situations leading up to the launch of Line 2 and Line 4.

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Day in the life: Bus operator

One of Aditi's most satisfying parts of the job is interacting with passengers.

For most of our customers, their trip begins with the help of a bus operator.  

Even with more than 1600 bus operators on the OC Transpo team, it isn’t uncommon for customers to remember the operator on their route. For many operators, it is the same for their customers and the job is much more than driving a bus.  

We caught up with Aditi to find out what inspired her to work for OC Transpo and what it takes to be a bus operator. 

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November 20 - Highway 174 Eastbound at Trim Road - Overnight Full Closure

As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, motorists travelling eastbound on Highway 174 at Trim Road should anticipate impacts to traffic as crews complete necessary construction activities.

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November 14 Transit Commission Update

It was a busy Transit Commission meeting for us on November 14. We presented OC Transpo’s 2024 draft budget, and provided an update on our bus route review and ridership numbers.

You can watch the presentation here or check out the highlights from the meeting.

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Project spotlight: Traction power substation installation

What moves you? Well, if you asked a train on O-Train Line 1 it would say electricity.

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October 27 Light Rail Sub-Committee Update

On October 27, the Light Rail Sub-Committee received a progress update on all three O-Train Extension projects.

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October 12 Transit Commission Update

It was another busy Transit Commission for us on October 12. We provided updates on severe weather incidents, wheel bearing issues that caused recent O-Train service disruptions, ridership levels and a lot more!

You can watch the presentation here or check out the highlights from the meeting

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September 29 Light Rail Sub-Committee Update

On September 29, the Light Rail Sub-Committee received a progress update on all three O-Train Extension projects.

You can watch the presentation here, view the latest construction progress video on O-Train East and West extensions or check out our summary

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OC Explained: Fare capping

You may have heard the term “fare capping” recently.

We recently expanded O-Payment across all bus fare readers and station fare gates. An exciting feature of O-Payment is “fare capping”. This means that customers who use the same credit card or mobile wallet to pay for their fares will never pay more than the cost of a DayPass or Adult monthly pass over the course of a day or month.

We caught up with Brad, Program Manager of Customer Technology Systems, to get his top “tap tips” when it comes to fare capping.

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September 14 Transit Commission Update  

It was another busy day for us at Transit Commission on September 14. We provided updates on on-demand transit, O-Train Line 1 and much more!

You can watch the presentation here or check out the highlights below.

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August 29 – LRT Sub-Committee Next Stop Blog

On August 29, the Light Rail Sub-Committee received a detailed presentation on the progress of the south, east, and west O-Train Extensions.

You can watch our update here, view the latest construction progress video or check out our summary.

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