As we approach April, finishing works across the alignment continue with continued focus on testing and commissioning activities. Eight stations have received occupancy permits. The remaining four stations are undergoing safety inspections and occupancy is expected in the coming weeks. These inspections determine where additional finishing touches should be made.
Activities Across the Alignment – Construction Update
Tunney’s Pasture, Bayview, and Pimisi Stations are undergoing final touch-ups. Stations in the east, including Lees, Hurdman, Tremblay, St-Laurent, Cyrville and Blair Stations, continue to undergo final architectural finishes. Touch-ups on the lanterns occur at Parliament Station. Rideau Station is seeing similar final works, including painting, tiling, signage installation, and ongoing electrical work.
Testing and commissioning activities are ongoing; a series of tests on the guideway using multiple vehicles have been successfully completed. Ottawa residents can expect to see more coupled trains travelling on the alignment in the coming weeks as our Electric Rail Operators (EROs) continue their training. Stations systems’ testing is ongoing; both audio and visual onboard passenger announcements systems is underway. Testing activities also include launching and reducing trains on and off the network in partnership with Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM) and OC Transpo – an important step toward achieving handover of the system. To date 28 trains have been safety certified and these vehicles are all available for OC Transpo’s Electric Rail Operator training. All remaining vehicles are undergoing final testing.
New winter equipment has been added to the maintenance fleet. Additional resources and training have been incorporated into the Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM) winter operations plan to ensure the system will operate smoothly during significant winter weather.
This Week’s Ready for Rail Theme: How will it change my trip?
OC Transpo’s Ready for Rail Travel Planner is now available in a test version for you to start planning your transit journey for when O-Train Line 1, Confederation Line opens later this year.
You can use the Ready for Rail Travel Planner to learn the most convenient route options for your trips and estimated travel times. Trips currently outlined are for weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Mapping out your trip is simple: just like with the current travel planner, type in your starting address and destination with your preferred departure or arrival time, and you will get a breakdown of your entire trip.
The system has been built to make your journey comfortable, easy and reliable. Trains will be running every five minutes or less during peak periods, and very frequently throughout the day, and will not be impacted by on-street service delays typically caused by traffic congestion, weather or other common commute challenges. This means your trips will be more consistent and dependable.
In the coming weeks, the following activities are scheduled to occur:
- Ongoing vehicle testing and practice running
- Safety Auditor sign-off
- Installation of public art at Tremblay Station