Ottawa Electric Railway
Company was a streetcar
public transit system in the city of Ottawa
, Canada which operated between 1891 and 1959. Ottawa once had tracks through downtown on Rideau Street
, Sparks Street
, and others and extended outside of the downtown core to provide services which helped form communities such as Westboro
, Old Ottawa South
and The Glebe
. Prior to this, starting in 1866, public transportation had been provided by Ottawa City Passenger Railway Company, a horse-drawn tram service. Today Ottawa employs a bus rapid transport
and light rail
(LRT) service provided by OC Transpo
, in operation since 1973.
In May 1885, electric lighting commenced in the city. In 1908, Ahearn & Soper, (with Erskine Bronson) was consolidated as Ottawa Heat, Light and Power. O.E.L. had been purchased by the city in 1905 for $200,000, forming the core of the Municipal Electric Department, and then Ottawa Hydro.