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City of Ottawa has launched a Name the Trains Contest!

Are you creative? Do you have a passion for trains? Do you want to be a part of Ottawa’s history? Are you a child or youth aged 16 or under?

To help get ready for the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018, the City of Ottawa is looking for the best train name ideas from our city’s next generation of transit users.

The City is inviting children and youth who are 16 years of age and under to name the 34 O-Train Confederation Line train cars and the 6 O-Train Trillium Line train cars. The Name the Trains Contest will run from November 2 to December 8. To enter the contest, please visit

Here are some details to keep in mind when choosing a name:

  • Names should be short (maximum of 16 characters)
  • Names should be related to trains (or train service) or have a Canadian or Ottawa-related significanceNames must fit into one or more of the following 5 categories: people, animals, natural world, culture or history
  • Names should be bilingual or easily translatable (English & French)
  • Names should be friendly (nothing negative, please!), have a pleasant sound and be easy to remember
  • Participants can submit as many separate entries as they wish, but each contest participant can only win once
  • Names cannot be current or future O-Train Confederation or Trillium Line station names

This is a fun and exciting opportunity, so don’t let it pass you by. Just think, next year your “train name” could be seen on the tracks.

Winners will be notified by email or telephone in 2018 once all entries have been reviewed.

For more information, including contest rules and regulations, plus guidelines on how to submit a great train name, please visit

If you have any questions or require assistance with your submission, please contact OC Transpo Customer Relations at 613-741-4390.

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