Ottawa's not actually back to full LRT service during rush hour

Despite this, there are still some good things to talk about near the halfway point of winter.

There are still good things to talk about near the halfway point of winter

Ottawa LRT trains move through the snow Nov. 12, 2019 (Francis Ferland/CBC)

Good morning commuters!

As a journalist, dodging Groundhog Day is fantastic.

The days are getting longer. Spring will come in six-and-a-half weeks.

Even though it's just about halfway through winter, there are good things to talk about.

First, there's no new construction.

Second, it's Winterlude so there's lots of cool stuff to see and do.

If that's not enough for you … it's also not terribly cold.

The third was supposed to be that there are a whopping 13 Confederation Line trains running today … But then came word there are only 12.

Have a great day!

About the Author

Doug Hempstead

CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist

Doug Hempstead is CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist and can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and All In A Day. Sometimes, he even sleeps. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he is a musician and family man - married with two daughters. Doug is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the region covering all types of news. He welcomes your input on traffic issues and can be called directly while the shows are airing at 613-288-6900. Tweet him at @cbcotttraffic or @DougHempstead. His e-mail is


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