Replacement buses for LRT stop running today, says transit GM

Replacement buses that were brought to ferry depots around during Ottawa’s recent light rail shutdown will be taken off the roads later today, the city said.

The R1 buses will stop running after Tuesday afternoon rush hour, now that the “consistent” service has resumed on the Confederation Line and demand for the buses has fallen, transit general manager RenĂ©e Amilcar said in a note to the council.

The line was shut down for almost two months after a train derailed on September 19 before entering Tremblay station.

Partial service was restored last Friday and the city hopes to have full service in place by mid-December.

The number of passengers on the R1 buses has been low since the trains started running again, Amilcar told the municipality in its note.

The council had adopted a proposal to extend the transfer window by a full hour while R1 buses were running, she added, but the return to some hint of normality meant it would not happen right now.

City employees are still expected to report back to the Transit Commission in 2022 on potentially extending the window permanently to 120 minutes, Amilcar said.

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