The City of Ottawa has confirmed the O-Train Line 2 – Trillium Line – will close on Saturday, May 2, 2020 for two years as part of the line’s expansion. Construction will begin Sunday, May 3, 2020. Please take note that on Monday, May 4, the O-Train will not be in service for your commute to or from Carleton University. During the O-Train shutdown, buses will replace train service for an estimated two years. A map of the O-Train Line 2 Detour is available further down this page.
Important Information about the O-Train Line 2 Detour
- During the closure, buses will replace train service and will run along the entire line, stopping at all stations, as well as South Keys, Walkley and Heron stations and Preston/Gladstone. Click here to watch this video by OC Transpo detailing the Line 2 route to and from Carleton University.
- Buses will operate at least every 15 minutes and more frequently if required to provide additional capacity and space for physical distancing among customers onboard. The frequency will be increased as required as the current situation evolves.
- Service levels will increase for the fall and winter service period to account for increased demand.
- Line 2 will reopen when construction is complete.
- The expansion will see eight new stations and an additional 16-km of rail line.
- The expanded line will continue from Greenboro to Limebank in Riverside South, and a new rail link will be built to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
- Visit octranspo.com for more information on the upcoming Line 2 bus service.
May 2, 2020 – September 2022
On Feb. 22, 2019, City of Ottawa officials held a technical briefing to outline results of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) procurement and selection of a consortium to build the project. Phase 2 will see the extension of the Trillium Line (the O-Train) south to Riverside South with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
As part of its Phase 2 LRT project, the City of Ottawa has affirmed its plan to shut down the O-Train for a two-year period beginning in May 2020. At this time, the city is projecting the new LRT service on the line will resume in September 2022. The city has stated that there will be improvements to bus service to campus during the shutdown.
Members of the Carleton community need to be aware of this O-Train service interruption and plan accordingly.
Information about the Phase 2 LRT plan is available on the City of Ottawa’s project website.