No-charge LRT rides on November 11
The City of Ottawa is inviting residents to try the new Confederation Line for free on Remembrance Day.
Mayor Jim Watson announced on Twitter that the LRT system will be free on Monday, November 11.
The Mayor notes no-charge transit will “encourage participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies across the city.”
The City had been looking at options to offer free rides on the $2 billion LRT system after its launch on September 14. Watson says staff coonsidered a “low-impact, low-cost day for no-charge transit.”
Watson notes the ByWard Market BIA and Councillor Riley Brockington suggested no-charge transit on November 11.
1/2 @AllanHubley_23 and I have been looking for a low-impact, low-cost day for no-charge transit, so residents can come out and try LRT. Staff support Monday, Nov. 11: reduced public service presence, and will encourage participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies across the city.— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) October 8, 2019
2/2 Thank you to @RiverWardRiley + @ByWardMarketBIA for the great suggestion! This will not have a big impact on revenue or the system, as we will have a lot of capacity on our trains. It will also be a great show of support to our veterans!— Jim Watson (@JimWatsonOttawa) October 8, 2019
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Polling stations in Ottawa, eastern Ontario and western Quebec will be open between 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Councillor Shawn Menard says OC Transpo boss John Manconi told him a 14th train will be added to the Confederation Line during peak service times.