Here's what happens if the LRT goes down when it's open to the public

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, September 6, 2019

There will be times when the $2.1-billion LRT system isn’t working and transit customers will just have to deal with it.

They might be shocked to hear that, but, if there’s one thing city transportation boss John Manconi has tried to prepare city council members and the public for, it’s the (hopefully very low) prospect of arriving at an LRT station during the hours of operation and the trains aren’t running.

The roughly 10-hour stoppage of the Confederation Line between Tunney’s Pasture and Hurdman stations on Wednesday, chalked up to a data transmission glitch in the tunnel that started at the same time a storm rolled through downtown, might make passengers wonder what would happen if trains suddenly stopped running when the LRT system is open to the public.

(...)If LRT is down, there will be some resources available for a replacement bus service, whose route will be marked as R1, but nothing that will come close to duplicating the capacity of the LRT line.

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