Confederation Line running every seven minutes as Rideau Transit Group establishes wheel inspection routine

An east-bound OTrain pulls in to Rideau Station on the Confederation Line of the Light Rail Transit system in Ottawa, ON.

An eighth train will be in service on the Confederation Line on Wednesday, as Rideau Transit Group continues to look into the issue of cracked wheels.

In a memo to Council, Transportation Services General Manager John Manconi said RTG has “established a routine for wheel inspections” that allows them to increase the vehicle count to eight trains plus a spare.

Trains will run every seven minutes throughout the day, and on weekends.

Earlier this month, the fleet of trains on the ten month-old system was reduced after cracks were discovered on a steel wheel of a train.  As a precaution, a fleet-wide inspection was conducted and cracks were discovered on other wheels.

In a memo to Council on July 4, Manconi said a safety order had been issued that until the “root cause and fixes” are implemented; all vehicles are to be inspected after each use.

The Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the cracked wheels.