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Published on Mar 11, 2009
This video shows that the O Train in the city of Ottawa Canada has a very high and loyal ridership. After Ottawa experienced a 52-day transit strike from December 2008 to February 2009 the system gradually returned to full operation. In the week of February 2 to February 6 the O Train was the first part of the transit fleet to return to service. The first buses took about 6 days to start running. During these 5 days the O Train carried passengers without any connection with local buses. This video shows the immediate and very high use of the O Train despite the fact that many people did not even know it was to start operating on February 2. There were also no buses to get to the O Train or Buses to transfer to once a person got off the O Train. Therefore, the use of the O Train during these 5 days is based solely on the ability of the Light Rail Train to attract riders. This is a system that should be kept and expanded south to Leitrim and north across the unused Prince of Wales Railway Bridge to Gatineau