The O-Train's new Confederation Line has entered its first weekday of service, but commuters will have up to three weeks to get themselves personally ready for rail.
Trains began rolling on the line at 5 a.m., Monday, ferrying their first commuters to where they needed to go.
Good morning! I'm LIVE at Parliament Station on Day 3 of service on the Confederation Line, and the line's first weekday service. Trains began rolling through here just after 5 a.m. @1310NEWS @OttawaMatters #ottnews pic.twitter.com/m8RSztrzBY— Jason White (check!) (@1310JasonWhite) September 16, 2019
It's not expected to be a full-court press of commuters on the first weekday, as pre-existing parallel bus service remains in place.
OC Transpo has said that bus service will continue for the first three weeks of the Confederation Line's operation.
A number of city councillors have decided to take the LRT this morning including Kitchissippi ward councillor, Jeff Leiper, and Cumberland ward councilor Stephen Blais.
I’m locked and on Platform 1 - next train in 2 minutes. pic.twitter.com/aix5e0568i— Jeff Leiper (@JLeiper) September 16, 2019
A busker started playing 'Downtown' by Petula Clarke Monday morning just before 8:30 a.m. at Parliament station.
Starting October 6, there will be changes to 86 OC Transpo bus routes, but 52 routes will remain unaffected by the LRT.
Welcome to the first Monday on Line 1. Bus service is still running as it did before LRT launch, and will continue until Oct. 6 to help you make the switch to LRT. Ask staff if you need help, take your time to plan, and enjoy your ride. #WelcomeAboard— OC Transpo (@OC_Transpo) September 16, 2019
More than 25 major bus routes including the 91, 94 and 95 will be given new numbers and will no longer travel downtown.
West-end routes including the 61, 64 and 62 will now end at Tunney's Pasture, where passengers can hop onto the Confederation Line and continue their commute downtown.
Likewise, many east-end routes that used to travel downtown will now end at Blair station.
Most commuters I'm speaking with at Parliament Station tell me it's about the same amount of time by train as by bus, but one man says his trip from Baseline Station was about 50 per cent quicker. I'm LIVE on @1310NEWS. pic.twitter.com/UJ997HFIzF— Jason White (check!) (@1310JasonWhite) September 16, 2019
For more information on how the changes may affect your commute, check the OC Transpo website.