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O-Train Technical Discussion with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations - June 2021

The O-Train Confederation Line (also known as O-Train Line 1), is a 12.5km long, fully grade-separated, 13 station rapid transit system, operated in the City of Ottawa by OC Transpo.

In this June 2021 video conversation with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations at OC Transpo, we discuss the intricacies of the line's operation, and touch on the following points of interest: 

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  • 00:00 - Opening sequence
  • 00:20 - Introduction
  • 00:27 - Summer operations (Service interruptions and disruptions)
  • 03:12 - Sun Kinks explained
  • 04:16 - Winter operations (Service interruptions and disruptions)
  • 08:07 - What happens when there is a service interruption
  • 11:22 - Messaging during service interruptions
  • 14:40 - LRVs operated as coupled pairs
  • 17:07 - Improvements to the LRV articulated bellows
  • 18:44 - Trains operating slower than usual on certain track segments 
  • 23:46 - Speed of the trains on the Confederation Line
  • 24:44 - Status of the Rectification Plan and on-going work
  • 29:13 - What happened to LRV #1106
  • 32:27 - Status of Stage 2 LRVs
  • 34:18 - How are disabled trains moved and returned to the MSF (Maintenance and Storage Facility)
  • 36:56 - Improvements and changes to the trains and guideway that are visible to the public
  • 40:44 - Service interruptions and disruptions, a comparison to other major cities operating rail transit
  • 45:40 - Closing 

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