Ottawa

Here's how long the Ottawa LRT has been off the rails

The Confederation Line has been out of service since a train derailed on Sept. 19, 2021 before entering Tremblay station.

Clock tells us how long the service has been shut down by a derailment

  • UPDATE: The LRT began partial service on Nov. 12, 2021, at 5 a.m. It was off the rails for one month and 23 days.

The LRT has been out of service since a train derailed on Sept. 19 before entering Tremblay station.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the train came off the rails before entering Tremblay station and travelled across a rail bridge while a wheel remained off the track.

Its investigators said it seems bolts weren't properly tightened on the train's underside when servicing it after August's derailment.

The day of the derailment, Rideau Transit Maintenance (RTM) CEO Mario Guerra told reporters the Confederation Line would likely remain out of service for at least a week. The very next day, that answer changed to an estimated three weeks.

Trains are being tested again as of Oct. 27 and the line could reopen Friday with seven trains on the tracks, less than half the 15 trains that make up regular service. Seven trains has meant a train about every eight minutes in the past.

Full service could be back by the end of the month.

An Ottawa light rail train is tested near Tremblay station Oct. 27, 2021. It was the first day of testing following the Sept. 19 derailment in that area that has shut down the rail line. (Jean Delisle/CBC)

In the meantime, the city is escalating its legal dispute with the builders. Ottawa's auditor general will examine the lead-up to the contract.

With the LRT out of service, transit riders have been frustrated with cramped shuttle buses used to fill the void. A month of free transit is coming after trains are back.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now