Ottawa – There will be temporary service adjustments to O-Train Line 1 as Rideau Transit Group (RTG) undertakes remediation and maintenance work. Between Thursday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 30, O-Train Line 1 service will end each night at 7 pm, resuming at its normal time the following morning – 5 am on weekdays, 6 am on Saturdays and 8 am on Sundays.
Throughout the closure, R1 replacement bus service will start every night at 7 pm along the entire alignment, with frequent trips to provide enough space for physical distancing. Every morning, regular rail service on Line 1 will resume. The regular Line 1 schedule will resume on Thursday, July 1.
During this closure, RTG will use specialized equipment to perform rail grinding, install track lubricators and conduct track and rail maintenance that includes guideway material cleaning and inspections.
During rail grinding, nearby residents and transit customers might observe sparks and noise from the equipment. Once completed, nearby residents might notice a difference in the sound of passing trains for up to three weeks, but it is anticipated that noise and vibrations from train movements will improve as a result of this work, enhancing overall ride quality and customer comfort.
RTG will use this opportunity to install sound dampening blocks in the west end to reduce noise for nearby residents. They will complete the switch from propane to natural gas for switch heaters in the east end and complete a number of inspections and cleaning activities. RTG will also start removing propane tanks and remediation work.
Customers can visit octranspo.com for travel planning assistance or call 613-741-4390. Schedules are available by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the bus stop number. OC Transpo staff will be available to assist customers throughout the temporary service closures.