Fewer LRT trains running again this morning

According to OC Transpo, 11 trains will again be operating during this morning's rush hour.

The city will operate more Special buses to help alleviate crowds

'Special' buses specify the destination in the afternoon, when they branch off from downtown either east or west, such as in this photo. In the morning, all Special buses go downtown. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

Eleven trains will be operating during this morning's rush hour, says OC Transpo boss John Manconi.  

This is the third day in a row the LRT system will run without enough trains to meet rider demand. 

During rush hours, OC Transpo typically has 13 trains on the tracks, with 11 trains working during slower periods. 

When all 13 are operational, a train arrives approximately every four minutes to pick up commuters. When only 11 trains run, that frequency drops to every five minutes.

It's been a bumpy few days for OC Transpo. While Monday morning also only had 10 trains ferrying Ottawans, Tuesday morning had as few as eight.

It was a crowded morning on the LRT with only nine trains running during peak hours. OC Transpo is running buses along the line during both the morning and evening rush hours to try to alleviate some of the pressure.  0:41

To help alleviate the crowds, the agency has been running "Special" route buses alongside its trains, which it plans to do again this morning. 

Those go from Tunney's Pasture station straight to Slater and Albert streets, and from Hurdman station to the Mackenzie King Bridge near the NAC downtown in the morning.

In the afternoon, they go straight from Albert and O'Connor streets (the World Exchange Plaza block) to Tunney's Pasture and Hurdman.

They will run 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m., like yesterday.

 A special transit commission meeting is planned for Thursday, allowing the city to receive an update on the Confederation Line and bus service.

Officials with both RTG and OC Transpo are expected to attend.

This is the seventh straight day with an issue disrupting the schedule on the Confederation Line, the longest such streak since it launched.


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