Today at Ben Franklin Place, Mayor Jim Watson, Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais, Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, and Transportation Services General Manager John Manconi announced the Name the Trains Contest winning submissions and presented certificates to Ottawa’s next generation of O-Train riders. The certificates were presented to children and youth who submitted the chosen names for the six O-Train Trillium Line train cars and the 34 O-Train Confederation Line train cars.

The young winners had the opportunity to meet OC Owl, talk with Electric Light Rail Operator Instructors, and were treated to a pizza party after the presentation ceremony. Each winner also received two golden tickets for the inaugural ride on the O-Train Confederation Line when it launches later this year.

The names were submitted through the Name the Trains Contest, which was open to children and youth 16 years of age and under. The contest ran from November 5 to December 8, 2017. The City received almost two thousand entries.

The names submitted reflect Ottawa’s and Canada’s historical figures, arts, our military history, as well as honour Indigenous peoples.

Trillium Line train cars

  • Nanuq • Polar Bear
  • Northern Lights
  • Rocket Richard
  • Dreamcatcher Emily Murphy
  • Portage

Confederation Line train cars

  • The Canada Goose
  • Farley Mowat
  • Gord Downie
  • Inuksuk
  • John McCrae
  • Logdriver • Draveur
  • Lord Stanley
  • Louis Riel
  • Majestic Moose
  • Odawa
  • Poppy
  • Snowbird
  • Bluenose
  • Boreal
  • Jacques Cartier
  • Juno
  • Nathan Cirillo
  • Normandy Samuel de Champlain
  • Thomas D’Arcy McGee
  • Totem
  • Tundra
  • Wagosh • Fox
  • Acadia
  • Agnes Macphail
  • Amik • Beaver
  • Bertha Wilson
  • Billy Bishop
  • Eh-Train
  • Henrietta Edwards
  • Maple Taffy
  • The Mountie
  • George Brown

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“The O-Train Confederation Line will change the way people move and travel in Ottawa, whether it’s to go to school, work or play. Light rail transit will be the preferred method of travel for generations to come. It’s only fitting that the transit riders of tomorrow help shape the identity of the trains that will be a part of their daily lives.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

“The creativity of these children and youth is truly amazing, as is their knowledge of Ottawa and Canada’s history. They’ve obviously done their homework to come up with so many meaningful names from our past. I commend them on their submissions. The City of Ottawa will be proud to put them on our trains.”
Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair, Transit Commission

“The addition of the Confederation Line will add another sustainable transportation choice for the children and youth of today. They will grow up with more options for how to get around that will help them become less reliant on traditional modes of transportation. These trains are part of their future and I’m happy to see them take such an active role in that future.”
Councillor Keith Egli, Chair, Transportation Committee

Quick facts

  • The O-Train Confederation Line is a $2.13 billion light rail transit project that is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.
    • 13 stations
    • 12.5 kilometres from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair
    • 2.5 kilometre tunnel under the downtown core with three underground stations
    • 34 Alstom Citadis Spirit electric train cars
    • Trains will arrive every five minutes or less at peak times
    • Less than 25 minutes to travel between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair
    • 600 passengers per two-car train
  • The O-Train Trillium Line began operation in October 2001 and carries an average of 14,000 passengers each weekday.
    • 5 stations
    • 8 kilometres from Greenboro to Bayview
    • 600 metre tunnel under Dows Lake
    • 6 Alstom Coradia LINT diesel train cars
    • 12-minute service at most times
    • 16 minutes to travel between Greenboro and Bayview
    • 260 passengers per each train set

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Confederation Line
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