Passenger Transport September 30 2019 Vol 77 No 18 - 1

THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

| VOLUME 77, NO. 18

Passengers board OC Transpo's new Confederation Line train.

OC Transpo Makes
History with
Confederation Line
First BRT-Light Rail Conversion in World
OC TRANSPO IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO, is making history
with the Sept. 14 opening of O-Train Line 1, the Confederation Line-the world's first conversion of BRT to light rail.
Ottawa continues to experience growth and its public
transit system had become near capacity through the downtown core. The time had come to build a world-class system,
including a 2.5-km tunnel under the downtown core.
The city of Ottawa assembled a strong public-private
partnership that included financial commitments from the
province of Ontario and Canada's federal government. The
Rideau Transit Group, a consortium of Canadian and international companies, was selected through a highly competitive process to build and maintain the new system. Six years
in the making, the O-Train Confederation Line launched with
OC Transpo as operator.
John Manconi, general manager of the city's Transportation Services Department, said that with trains arriving every
five minutes or less, the new line is expected to carry up to
10,700 passengers per hour in each direction during weekday peak periods, which would make it the busiest light rail

THREE CHIEF
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS of rail transit
systems and APTA
President and CEO
Paul P. Skoutelas
testified before the
House Transportation
and Infrastructure
Subcommittee on
Railroads, Pipelines,
and Hazardous Materials Sept. 24.
Testifying, from left: Paul P. Skoutelas, Jim Derwinski, Peter Rogoff and Stephanie Wiggins.
Jim Derwinski of
Metra in Chicago,
Peter Rogoff of Seattle's Sound Transit and
operations and maintenance of positive train
Stephanie Wiggins of Metrolink in Southern Calicontrol (PTC) and $1.5 billion for highway-rail
fornia described challenges and opportunities
grade-crossing safety initiatives. Regarding
facing commuter rail.
public transit as a whole, he said, "The federal,
"Today, commuter rail is a $9.9 billion industry,
state and local partnership is essential to ensure
creating and supporting over 200,000 public- and
that critical investments are made to our public
private-sector jobs," Skoutelas said. "Moreover,
transportation systems."
the overwhelming majority (63 percent) of this
Derwinski told the committee that Metra will
funding flows through to the private sector."
meet its 2020 Alternative Schedule deadline for
He noted that traveling by commuter and interPTC implementation. He also said, "Legacy comcity passenger rail is 18 times safer than traveling
muter railroads like Metra face unique capital chalby car and that annually, 32 commuter railroads
lenges as we work to maintain and upgrade aging
across America safely carry more than 500 miltrack infrastructure and rolling stock" and the need
lion passenger trips-ridership that has grown by
for sustainable and consistent federal funding for
more than 42 million passenger trips (9.2 percent)
commuter rail operations and capital projects.
over the last decade.
Rogoff said that Sound Transit is planning
Also during his testimony, Skoutelas asked
COMMUTER RAIL HEARING
Congress to authorize specifically for comCONTINUED ON PAGE 4
muter rail a total of $1 billion over six years for

APTA's TRANSform is Just Around the Corner!

OC TRANSPO's CONFEDERATION LINE
CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

APTA's 2019 TRANSform Conference: a reimagined APTA Annual Meeting is fast approaching!
We'll see you and the rest of the public transportation industry Oct. 13-16 in New York City. Read
the latest news on page 3 of this issue. Learn more and register at www.apta.com/conferencesevents/transform. NOTE: online registration closes Oct. 4.

Photo by Steve Barrett Photography

Photo courtesy of OC Transpo

APTA Members Testify
On Commuter Rail Issues


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