Mayor Jim Watson receives the ceremonial “key to the train” from Peter Lauch, CEO of the Rideau Transit Group. (CBC Ottawa video screengrab)
Mayor Jim Watson has announced the Confederation Line will be open and running for the public starting Saturday, Sept. 14.
I am very excited to announce that the first day of the Confederation Line 1 service of our Light Rail Transit system will be on Saturday, September 14. Stay tuned for details; updates will be available on https://t.co/34xOAQZ1cw and by following @OC_Transpo. pic.twitter.com/LEzYB98h2C— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) August 23, 2019
Updates on the train service will be posted when available on octranspo.com.
The current operation of the bus network will continue for a brief transitional period after the train opens, before changing to a new system. The train will soon replace most bus routes through the downtown and over 100 will connect to the train. You can see how your usual routes will change here.
The original completion date for the train was May 24, 2018. It was 456 days late as of Aug. 23, 2019.