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O-Train Line 1

The O-Train Confederation Line (Line 1) is a 12.5-kilometre electric light-rail service that connects 13 stations from Tunney’s Pasture in the west to Blair in the east.

Select your station on the map or in the drop-down below. 

  • Identified by a red circle on maps and signs O-Train Line 1 symbol
  • 12.5 km of rail running east to west from Blair Station to Tunney’s Pasture and through a 2.5 km downtown tunnel
  • Peak service runs every 5 minutes or less
  • Frequent service throughout the day and never more than 15 minutes after midnight or on weekends
  • End-to-end travel time less than 25 minutes
  • 13 stations – 4 underground
  • Each two-car train will be able to move up to 600 passengers comfortably
  • Can accommodate up to 10,700 passengers per hour, each way
  • 100% accessible
  • 100% electrified vehicles for a quiet ride with zero emissions

Hours of operation

Line 1 service runs from early in the morning to late at night, every day of the week.

Day Opening hours Train frequency
Monday – Thursday 5 am — 1 am
  • Every 8 min from 5 am — 6:30 am
  • Every 5 min from 6:30 am — 9:30 pm
  • Every 15 min from 11 pm — 1 am
Friday 5 am — 2 am
  • Every 8 min from 5 am — 6:30 am
  • Every 5 min from 6:30 am — 9:30 pm
  • Every 8 min from 11 pm — 2 am
Saturday 6 am — 2 am
  • Every 5 min from 6 am — 7 pm
  • Every 8 min from 7 pm — 2 am
Sunday & Holidays 8 am — 11 pm
  • Every 5 min from 8 am — 7 pm
  • Every 10 min from 7 pm — 11 pm

After hours, when the train is not running, select Rapid bus routes are extended through downtown from the east, west and south. 

Night service information

When the O-Train is not running during regular Line 1 hours, R1 bus service may operate. R1 buses serve all Line 1 stations and only make limited stops along the way. If Line 1 is partially closed, R1 service may run only along the closed portion.

R1 service information

Trains

The O-Train Line 1 is served by 15 trains each made up of two Alstom Citadis Spirit cars. Every train has 14 double doors and can carry 600 people in quiet comfort.

More about Alstom Citadis Spirit trains

O-Train explained

Winter ready

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Time On-screen animation On-screen text
00:00 Title appears

O-Train Explained

00:03 Large red O animates to reveal O-Train travelling left to right along track with winter downtown view of Ottawa in background.

Winter ready.

00:07 Scene changes to O-Train travelling left to right with trees in fall colours in the background; the background changes to winter with snow on the ground and falling. Planning for the winter season on the O-Train starts months in advance and many teams are involved.
00:14 The scene changes to the O-Train garage showing trains parked inside. There are plans and procedures for winter to ensure the O-Train system is prepared to deal with inclement weather and to reduce delays caused by winter conditions.
00:25 The scene changes to the O-Train travelling left to right in a winter landscape; an inset of a person in an OC Transpo control room appears as precipitation falls. When the forecast calls for snow or freezing rain, winter operating plans are put in place and weather conditions are closely monitored.
00:34 The scene changes to overhead to show the O-Train travelling along the tracks from left to right; then zooms in closer on the same scene. Additional resources are also brought in, including specialized equipment and extra staff, to ensure service continues to operate for customers.
00:44 The scene changes to the O-Train travelling left to right at night with snow falling. Depending on the weather conditions, trains can run overnight to prevent the build-up of snow on the tracks.
00:51 The scene changes to overhead to show a closeup view of the tracks with ice building up at the switch; the track turns red, heating up to melt the ice. Switch heaters are in place to help keep switches operating by melting ice and snow before it can build up.
01:02 The overhead view zooms out further to show a worker removing ice from between tracks. Crews may also need to manually clear snow and ice from switches under certain conditions.
01:08 The scene changes to bird’s eye view of O-Train travelling from bottom left to top right with a snow fence in the background. Snow fencing is installed at areas along the line to prevent snow drifting and protect the tracks from snow blown by passing snowplows.
01:19 The scene changes to a night view of the O-Train travelling left to right. The O-Train system is designed to withstand winter conditions. In winter months, staff work around the clock and across the system to keep the O-Train running for you.
01:25 The OC Transpo logo and web address animates on-screen. OC Transpo
octranspo.com

Which switch?

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Time On-screen animation On-screen text
00:00 Title appears

O-Train Explained

00:03 Large red O animates to reveal O-Train travelling left to right along track with downtown view of Ottawa in background.

Which Switch?

00:08 The scene changes to a wide view of the O-Train travelling left to right with the sun in the sky. The O-Train tracks include switches so trains can cross over from one track to another.
00:15 The scene changes overhead to follow the O-Train travelling left to right along the track; the train switches from the top track to the bottom track. OC Transpo’s control centre must be able to communicate with all switches to ensure that they are properly aligned for safe train movements.
00:27 The view zooms in on a track switch; the switch moves and a passing O-Train moves to other the track; the switch moves again and another passing O-Train moves to the opposite track. There are 7 locations on O-Train Line 1 where trains can use switches and are able to cross from one track to another.
00:37 The scene changes to a side view of the O-Train travelling left to right; the train slows down. Trains have to slow down when crossing over at a switch to ensure safe train movements.
00:41 The scene changes to an overhead view of a switch being impeded by rocks and debris. Sometimes rocks, debris and ice can damage or stop switches from working.
00:48 The view zooms out to show a stopped train and a worker approaching the tracks, then zooms in to show the worker removing the debris. When this happens, trains will come to a stop so the switch can be manually moved.
00:54 The scene changes to a side view of the O-Train travelling left to right in winter conditions, then to an overhead view of the rails turning red and melting ice build up. Switches have heaters to melt snow and ice and help prevent switch problems in the winter.
01:04 The scene changes to a wider overhead view of the tracks and switch with an exclamation mark representing a problem on the top tracks; the switch routes the train to the lower track, around the problem. Use of switches can allow trains to continue in service even when there are maintenance activities or service disruptions. The switches allow trains to operate on a single track and move around the affected area.
01:19 The scene changes to a night view of the O-Train travelling left to right with an inset of a person at a monitoring station. Staff carefully monitor switches and switch heaters at all times to avoid delays whenever possible.
01:25 The OC Transpo logo and web address animates on-screen. OC Transpo
octranspo.com

Flashes of light

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Time On-screen animation On-screen titles
00:00 Title appears

O-Train Explained

00:03 Large red O animates to reveal O-Train travelling left to right along track with downtown Ottawa in background.

Flashes of Light

00:08 The scene changes to a view of the O-Train travelling left to right; showing the overhead catenary system. The O-Train is powered by 1,500 volts of electricity, delivered by overhead cables called the Overhead Catenary System (OCS).
00:18 The scene changes to a bird’s eye view of the O-Train travelling from bottom left to top right; a spark appears where the train attaches to the overhead catenary system. Sometimes you may see a flash or sparks on the pantograph, which collects power from the OCS.
00:27 The scene changes to a side view of the O-Train travelling left to right during daytime; the background turns to night with rain falling and then with snow falling in winter conditions. This arcing is common and can happen in all systems. Arcing is more common during inclement weather, such as rain and snow.
00:36 The scene changes to a view of the front of the O-Train travelling toward the viewer along the tracks with sparks on the overhead catenary system. The trains have safety measures to keep customers safe.
00:43 The scene changes to a night view of the O-Train travelling left to right. The observed sparks pose no risk to customers because trains have high-speed breakers that shut off power to the O-Train’s motor if there’s a problem.
00:54 The view zooms in on the O-Train and overhead catenary system; the train slows down. During inclement weather, when arcing occurs, trains may operate at reduced speed.
01:02 The OC Transpo logo and web address animates on-screen. OC Transpo
octranspo.com

Sun kinks

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Time On-screen animation On-screen titles
00:00 Title appears

O-Train Explained

00:03 Large red O animates to reveal O-Train travelling left to right along track with downtown Ottawa in background.

HOT
with a chance of sun kinks

00:09 The scene changes to the O-Train travelling left to right along track, hot sun rises overhead. It happens on rail systems around the world: when the temperature gets extremely hot and the sun is beaming down, the steel tracks can expand and cause buckles – in the train world these are called "sun kinks".
00:22 The scene changes to overhead of O-Train travelling from top right to bottom left of screen. It clears frame to reveal the tracks; the view zooms in on the tracks which turn red and warp. If a track gets a sun kink, it can bend the track slightly out of alignment and can cause problems for trains trying to pass by.
00:32 The scene returns to O-Train travelling left to right with hot sun overhead; the O-Train slows down. For everyone’s safety, when temperatures get really high, we may temporarily slow down trains on the O-Train system.
00:39 The scene changes to overhead following the O-Train along the tracks from left to right. This may cause longer travel times…but slowing down reduces the impact on trains and helps decrease the chances of sun kinks expanding and becoming worse.
00:50 The scene changes back to the O-Train travel from left to right with hot sun overhead, then turns to night time with the moon overhead. OC Transpo constantly monitors the weather and makes adjustments to speeds as necessary throughout the day.
01:00 Views zooms in closer on O-Train travelling left to right at night. When the temperature cools down and tracks are no longer impacted by the heat, trains return to normal speeds.
01:06 The OC Transpo logo and web address animates on-screen. OC Transpo
octranspo.com