Frequently Asked Questions

The Current System

O-Train Line 1 stations accessibility features include:

  • Tactile wayfinding tiles embedded in the station floor that will trace the route through fare-gates, to elevators, to platforms, and to exits
  • Transecure waiting areas on the train platform with accessible benches and tactile/Braille signs indicating the direction of service
  • Dual elevators at all 13 stations and escalators at 9 will connect each train platform to the station entrance
  • Tactile warning strips at the platform edge and inter-car barriers will keep everyone safely away from the platform edge
O-Train Line 2 stations accessibility features include:
  • Tactile warning strip at the platform edge.
  • Elevator and ramps between station entrances and platforms.

The trains use a track gauge of 1,435mm (4ft 8.5in), which is known as standard gauge. The distance between the inside edges of the rails is 1,435mm.

The total length of the track is 20.8km, which is open for passengers and does not count maintenance track or secondary tracks. On the Confederation Line there is 12.8km of track and on the Trillium Line there is 8km.

The Confederation Line operates Monday to Thursday 5am-1am, Friday 5am-2am, Saturday 6am-2am and Sunday 8am-11pm. The Trillium Line operates weekdays 6am-12am, Saturday from 6:30am-12am and Sunday from 7:30am-11:30pm.

When either the Confederation Line or Trillium Line is not operating, a replacement bus service is provided. Route R1 is activated and serves as a temporary replacement for Line 1 - Confederation Line, and Route R2 replaces Line 2 - Trillium Line.

The Confederation Line uses a Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system with in-cab signaling. Movement allowance and speed limits are displayed in a monitor inside the cab of the train rather than with track-side signals. The track side signals on the Confederation Line are located at switches and indicate the position of the points on the switch.

The Trillium Line uses a more traditional signaling system called Centralized traffic Control (CTC) that uses the same type of track-side signals that are found on other mainline railways in Canada. Since the Trillium Line intersects with a VIA rail line and their signaling systems are connected, the Trillium Line is dispatched by VIA from Montreal. The Trillium Line is also equipped with a train protection system called “Indusi”.
The Indusi system is a train protection system used on the Trillium Line. The system uses track side magnets and a transmitter equipped on the train to enforce signals and speed limits. The track side magnets are indicated with black and white signs showing a profile of a rail and the word “Indusi”. As an example, if a train were to pass a red signal, the track side magnet located next to the signal would trigger an emergency stop of the train.

The voice is that of Julian Doucet, an actor. His voice can be heard on the automated next stop announcements on both the LRT trains and the buses.

Cellular coverage is available downtown in the underground stations (Rideau, Parliament and Lyon), and along the 2.5 tunnel that runs between uOttawa and Pimisi stations. The service and infrastructure is provided by Telus, who have interoperability agreements with the other major providers and their partner networks (such as Bell, Rogers, etc...) to provide those clients with service as well. WIFI is offered by Telus with service available in the downtown tunnel stations. Simply connect to the #TELUS wifi to use. There are plans to extend this service to the other above ground stations on the Confederation Line in the near future.