OC Transpo says Canada Day service on the Confederation Line, buses and Para Transpo a “success” as tens of thousands of people took advantage of free transit to get around Ottawa.
Friday was the first Canada Day with in-person events for the Confederation Line since it opened in 2019, and one of the biggest tests of passenger volume on the light rail line since the start of the pandemic. of COVID-19 two years ago.
In a note to councilors and the media, General Manager of Transit Services, Renee Amilcar, said, “The Canada Day Transit service is a success.
“I am very proud to tell you that the bus, train and Para Transpo service worked very well yesterday and we were able to move a large number of people in a short time,” said Amilcar.
The O-Train operated with service every five minutes or less for most of the day, with 15 trains operating during peak traffic every three to four minutes at stations.
“The plan to send people home after the fireworks was implemented as planned and worked very well,” Amilcar said.
“Station staff were helping customers get where they needed to go, managing lineups, and within 45 minutes to an hour, the majority of those celebrating Canada Day at LeBreton Flats were well on their way to return. During these round trips, all 15 trains were in service on line 1 and ran every 3 to 4 minutes.”
In a statement to CTV News Ottawa earlier today, Director of Transit Service Delivery and Rail Operations Troy Charter said the transit service “succeeded in moving tens of thousands of residents and visitors.
“OC Transpo has worked with its partners to support the safe movement of residents.”
Charter says Pimisi Station was temporarily closed for a short time Friday night, “to help with crowd management as customers arrived for Canada Day activities at LeBreton Flats.”
The volume of Canada Day passengers follows two years of work-from-home requirements and COVID-19 restrictions that resulted in fewer passengers on the O-Train. Over the past two years, OC Transpo has worked with Rideau Transit Maintenance to resolve issues with the $2.1 billion system since launch and following two train derailments last summer.
The Transit Commission was advised on June 15 that the O-Train was running at 99% in May and 100% for the first eight days of June. In May, ridership on O-Train and OC Transpo buses was 50% of pre-pandemic levels.
OC Transpo posted a few messages on Twitter on Friday asking customers not to hold the door open. OC Transpo Driver Ken Woods tweeted that there was a gate fault involving a train car on Canada Day, but the delay was “pretty short”.
In addition to 15 trains on the O-Train during peak periods, OC Transpo has added additional buses to busy routes.