Ottawa LRT Stage 3 maps

As the Stage 3 plan is neither complete nor funded, there isn’t a lot of definitive detail.

In Stage 3 Ottawa may extend commuter rail west to Kanata and south to Barrhaven, both from the west side of Line 1 (the red line, also called the Confederation Line).

It may also extend rail to Quebec over the existing but currently unused Prince of Wales Bridge, although there is also a Gatineau proposal to create a west-end rail system in Quebec that is proposed to run across the Portage Bridge.

Here is a high-resolution Stage 3 map

Stage 3 purple from Light-Rail-Transit-Project_Tech-Briefing_20190222_EN
from slide 109 of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project: Technical Briefing – February 22, 2019 (PDF, Internet Archive) – Stage 3 extensions to Kanata and Barrhaven in above image in purple.  Please note this linked technical briefing presentation is all about Stage 2, it only has a single slide about Stage 3 at the end.

Based on Stage 2 completing in 2025, we would expect Stage 3 to be completed in the 2030-2031 timeframe, assuming they can secure Stage 3 funding.

See below for details of
Kanata
and
Barrhaven
Stage 3 extensions.

Note that the extension across the Prince of Wales Bridge may be complicated by STO’s proposed rail plan that would run instead on the Portage Bridge.

(If you landed here looking for information on Stage 2, please see my previous Ottawa LRT Stage 2 maps post instead.)

To some extent you can get a sense of the Stage 3 vision from the transportation network in the 2013 Transportation Master Plan. (The Transportation Master Plan normally would have been updated in 2018, but the city wants to complete Stage 1 of the rail system first.)

This map was a vision for the future (roughly 2028-2031 timeframe). The actual network will depend on many different factors including funding and route optimisation. Red is rail (Light Rail Transit), blue is bus (Bus Rapid Transit).

TMP - Rapid Transit and Transit Priority Network - Ultimate Network - tmp_en

Above from [2013] Transportation Master Plan, page 123 in the full PDF document or separate map download Map 3 Rapid Transit and Transit Priority Network – Ultimate Network (PDF).

UPDATE 2018-02-15: I would characterize the surface rail (tram) line running along Carling depicted in the 2013 map above as highly speculative. If implemented as a tram, sharing the roadway with cars, it would have the same reliability problems other North American streetcars have. (This type of tram with shared road space is common outside North America, and works well there due to a variety of factors including different road designs and slower vehicle speeds.) END UPDATE

UPDATE 2018-02-23: There has been a detailed announcement about Stage 2, including a new prospective map for Stage 3 (shown at the top of this blog post) and a new timeline.

Mayor Jim Watson tweeted

We are setting the stage for future expansion of 12km to Kanata-Stittsville [from Moodie Station] and Barrhaven. Additionally, the Baseline Station is protected for a future 10km extension to Barrhaven, and Bayview Station is protected for a 1.5km interprovincial rail link to Gatineau [over the Prince of Wales Bridge].

[Bracketed comments] and strikeout mine.

He tweeted a map with Stage 3 rail extensions in blue, but this is usually used for Bus Rapid Transit, so I changed the extension colour to purple (in the map at the top of this blog post).

Stage 3 is now at least six years (2025) away from being finalised and started, based on the new timeline for Stage 2. This would mean completion of Stage 3 in the 2030-2031 timeframe.

END 2018-02-23 UPDATE

Kanata (Line 1 West)

Ottawa’s east-west commuter rail Confederation Line (Line 1) is completely grade-separated, which means that it never intersects with car traffic. This is absolutely the correct design for a high-reliability commuter rail network. When extending the network into car-designed Kanata, however, it has the unusual result of a recommendation that part of the line be elevated. Any time you put rail under the ground or elevated above ground level it’s more expensive, but I guess there are a lot of highways for the Kanata extension to cross.

The website is ottawa.ca/kanataLRT

See below for the Kanata map.

Documents are available from the May 9, 2018 City Council (item number 16):

The separate Kanata Light Rail Transit Planning and Environmental Assessment Study is complete. I obtained official final versions of the January 2019 files from the City of Ottawa and have made them available on the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/klrt-epr-final-rev-3

Kanata LRT Stage 3 Map

In the map below, the proposed corridor and station locations are shown, with elevated portions of the line in green, at-grade in blue, and underground in yellow.

Kanata Fig 8-1 LRT Alignment and Station Locations

Map from section 8-3, page 168 of the August 2018 Report Draft from DropBox.

Stations heading west and then south:

  • Moodie Station (planned for Stage 2)
  • March Station
  • Kanata Town Centre Station
  • Terry Fox Station
  • Didsbury Station
  • Campeau Station (line turns south after this station)
  • Palladium [stadium] Station
  • Maple Grove Station
  • Hazeldean Station

A clearer map, but without indication of the sections above and below ground
kanata_lrt_map_en
from Kanata Light Rail Transit Planning and Environmental Assessment Study – Notice of Commencement of Transit Project Assessment Process

In the map above “LMSF” means Light Maintenance and Storage Facility.

The older diagram below from the earlier May 2018 report to City Council – Corridor Options (PDF) also shows the stations.

Kanata LRT Fig 4 Preferred Corridor

Barrhaven (Line 1 South)

Barrhaven is new addition to the LRT evaluations, although a rail line to Barrhaven was always envisioned as part of the Ultimate Network. The line would connect south from west Line 1 Stage 2 Baseline Station.

The website is ottawa.ca/barrhavenLRT

UPDATE 2019-10-14: There will be was an open house on October 30, 2019 at 6pm at the Nepean Sportsplex – Barrhaven Light Rail Transit (Baseline Station to Barrhaven Town Centre) and Rail Grade-Separations Planning and Environmental Assessment Study.  END UPDATE

There is a document from Transportation Committee on October 3, 2018 (also see meeting Agenda):

Barrhaven LRT Stage 3 Maps

Barrhaven LRT Stage 3 map

Above from page 5 of the Statement of Work document. Note that this is a study corridor, it’s not a proposed or final alignment.

Newer map highlighting study area:
barrhaven_lrt_keymap_en
Above from https://ottawa.ca/barrhavenLRT

In the above map BRT (the blue line) means Bus Rapid Transit.

Prince of Wales Bridge

You can see in the maps at the top of this blog post that there is a plan for OC Transpo’s commuter rail service to cross the Prince of Wales Bridge, but I don’t know any details. I don’t even know whether they would use Line 1 or just extend Line 2 northwards. I’m happy to add details if they are provided.

UPDATE 2020-05-17: I’ve written more about The future of the Prince of Wales Bridge.  There is currently no funding to do anything with it.  END UPDATE

Addendum

These are very early days, so rely on the City of Ottawa for official word on the specific rail lines and stations for Stage 3 LRT.

Previously:
November 13, 2018  Ottawa LRT Stage 2 maps

Ottawa LRT Stage 2 maps

Ottawa’s commuter rail (light rail transit, LRT) gets a lot more complicated in Stage 2.

As a reminder, there are two lines:

  • Line 1, the red line, runs east-west.  It’s also called the Confederation Line.  It uses all-electric trains, running on dual tracks (i.e. separate tracks for each direction).
  • Line 2, the green line, runs north-south.  It’s also called the Trillium Line.  It will use diesel trains, and has segments of single track (meaning that trains have to wait in carefully-managed stops, in order to share the track in both directions).

Line 1 extends east to Trim Station, but on the west side it splits, with part heading west and part turning south.  Line 2 adds stations and continues south, but then takes a rather dramatic turn to the west at the end of line.

Stage 2 System Map

In terms of implementation, the project is separated into three separate parts for the east and west (Line 1) and south (Line 2) extensions.  You can see the planned system in this Stage 2 map, including a Line 1 extension that was added in the west to Moodie Station and the new west turning to Limebank Station at the end of Line 2.  Below map from Stage 2 – Where (Internet Archive copy).

2022 2024 2025 OTT_LRT_Stage2_FullMap_11x17_FEB_2019_Bil(I added the dates.)

Black circles with black text boxes are new stations, and the new segments are also shown as thinner.  Note that bus rapid transit (the remainder of the Transitway buses) is shown in grey.

Line 1 gets 11 more stations in the west, 5 new stations in the east, and 38 more Alstom Citadis Spirit trains.  Target completion date is 2025.

On the green line (Line 2), two stations are added within the existing Stage 1 segment: Gladstone Station and Walkley Station.  Line 2 also gets an extension to the airport, but this is not a direct train; you have to change to an airport shuttle train at South Keys Station.  Line 2 will add 7 new Stadler FLIRT trains for the main line while continuing to use the existing Coradia LINT trains for the airport line.  Target completion date is 2022.

Also see Interactive Maps below.

UPDATE 2018-02-24: A detailed technical briefing including updated timelines, budget, and the selected private sector implementation groups was presented at a Committee of the Whole special meeting of Council on February 27, 2019 at 1pm.

The documents are available in the city’s SIRE agenda system.  There are two agenda items:

The report ACS2019-TSD-OTP-0001 Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters (PDF) has nine appendices of which the most interesting for me was Appendix 5: Station Descriptions and Technical Overview (PDF) which includes renderings of all the new Line 1 and Line 2 stations.

There is a very-high-level summary in city news release City holds technical briefing on Stage 2 LRT and the Preferred Proponents.

Stage 2 is made up of two projects extending the Confederation and Trillium Lines totalling 44 kilometres of new rail and 24 new LRT stations.

The marquee information is:

  • total cost $4.66 billion
  • Trillium Line (Line 2, north-south) extension target completion 2022, including a complete shutdown from May 2020 until September 2022
  • Confederation Line (Line 1) East extension target completion 2024
  • Confederation Line (Line 1) West extension target completion 2025

Ottawa Stage 2 LRT Table 5 Updated Schedule
above from page 61 of Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters (PDF)

The Trillium Line (Line 2) includes a completely separate Airport Link Line, a spur line from South Keys.  By completely separate I mean you have to change trains at South Keys, and in fact the Airport Line will run completely different trains – it will inherit the current Alstom Coradia LINT diesel trains, while as previously announced the main Line 2 trains will be new Stadler FLIRT diesel trains.

UPDATE 2019-12-11: The entire Stage 2 website (stage2lrt) now redirects to the City of Ottawa website.   The city website is https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project

ENDUPDATE

This news item doesn’t link to the new Stage 2 LRT documentation, which can be found on the Resources page, a giant list on the city’s site at https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project/resources

The contract award is in the city’s Legislative Materials section of the Resources page

https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project/resources#legislative-materials

The following presentation has a lot of useful information:

including many station renderings, and segment-by-segment construction schedules.

END UPDATE

Line 2 Extends South, then West

The details of the plan to extend Line 2 west are available in the Trillium Line Extension Planning and Environmental Assessment (EA) Study – Addendum.

I’ll only look at the end of the line, which is a change to the original Stage 2 plan.

Here is Earl Armstrong / Bowesville Station and Park & Ride

Earl Armstrong and Bowesville Station park and ride

Earl Armstrong and Bowesville Station plus park and ride functional design

Above two images are from pp. 68-70 of the Trillium Extension EA Study Addendum document (PDF).

Here is the extension west to Limebank Station

Limebank Station - extension

Limebank Station - preliminary station functional design

Above two images are from pp. 93-99 of the Trillium Extension EA Study Addendum document (PDF).

Line 2 Stage 2 Train Sets

In Stage 2 the existing Line 2 main line trains will be replaced with the Stadler FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train).  It is diesel powered but can be converted to electric.

LRT2_Boards_48x36_EN_May02_2018

Above from City secures funding to extend O-Train Trillium Line to the heart of Riverside South (Internet Archive link).  I believe our trains will be much longer than depicted above.

The Stage 1 Coradia LINT trains will be used for the Airport Link.

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Above: Photo of Stage 1 Coradia LINT train on the main Trillium Line (Line 2) May 24, 2015

Figure 7 Stadler FLIRT and Airport Link Vehicles
above image of Stadler FLIRT from page 55 of Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters (PDF).  For illustration only; Ottawa’s vehicles will not look exactly like this and will have a different door configuration.

The February 2019 technical briefing included a much clearer Trillium Line (Line 2) train diagram.  Note that our Line 2 FLIRT trains will have two sets of doors per car, not one set as in Figure 7 above.

Ottawa LRT Line 2 vehicles Stage-2-Light-Rail-Transit-Project_Tech-Briefing_20190222_EN
above from slide 83 of Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project: Technical Briefing – February 22, 2019 (PDF, Internet Archive link)

UPDATE 2020-05-14: There is a new image for the Trillium Line (Line 2) Stadler FLIRT train

Ottawa LRT Line 2 Stage 2 O-Train South Stadler FLIRT vehicle livery
Slide 59 from Stage 2 May 2020 Update (PDF) presented to Ottawa City Council on May 13, 2020.

END UPDATE

Construction and Status Updates

You can find construction updates on the city’s website under Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project > Project updates.

There was an update presented to Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) on March 9, 2020:

There was an update presented to City Council on May 13, 2020:

Consultations

There was a consultation on Stage 2 Confederation Line (Line 1) West Extension [Pedestrian and Cycling] Connectivity.  The consultation closed July 10, 2020.

Ottawa consulted on pedestrian and cycling connectivity to the Stage 2 LRT Trillium Line South stations.  The consultation closed May 15, 2020.

There was also a connectivity consultation for Stage 2 LRT Confederation Line East but it closed in April 2020.

Information Session Presentations

Presentations can be found in the Resources – Community Presentations section of the Stage 2 LRT pages.

As you can see from the presentations above, there were information sessions in 2019 and 2020.  No further sessions are scheduled at the moment.

See all of the information session dates (there are no attached presentations on the session web pages) at https://ottawa.ca/en/stage-2-lrt-information-sessions

Website

See the City of Ottawa website in the major projects section, including station renderings.  The short link is Ottawa.ca/stage2 or go directly to https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project

The main website for Stage 2 was https://www.stage2lrt.ca/. Please refer to that website for official Stage 2 routes and station information.

Interactive Maps

There is an interactive map available on the City of Ottawa website.  You can zoom in to see details, as well as click on individual stations (red circles) to get more information.  Thanks to Mapping Ottawa’s LRT on The Map Room blog for this information.

You can see Stage 2 track alignments in GeoOttawa.  Go to More layers… and select Rail Implementation Office at the very bottom (below Miscellaneous).  http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoottawa/  Note that GeoOttawa requires Flash.

UPDATE 2020-07-03: geoOttawa beta is available and works in any web browser.  END UPDATE

Stage 3

Stage 3 may extend to Kanata, to Barrhaven, and possibly across the Prince of Wales bridge to Quebec.  Details are not finalised; I have done a separate blog post with Stage 3 maps.

STO bus changes after Ottawa LRT Stage 1

This post describes the planned changes to STO Ottawa downtown core routes, to be implemented sometime after the Stage 1 LRT goes into service.  (Given many factors, the date for the full STO route changes is unknown.)

For OC Transpo I’ll just give a quick summary about the downtown core, rather than documenting the huge number of changes to OC Transpo bus routes all over the city; their site can tell you what you need to know much better than I can.  See the planned 2019 system map for all the details.

The high level summary of the OC Transpo Stage 1 bus changes from a downtown core perspective is that all of the Transitway buses, like the workhorse 90 series, are gone from downtown, along with all of the direct-from-the-suburbs buses, and Albert and Slater are no longer primary OC Transpo bus routes through the downtown.  Everything moves to a hub model, with the rapid buses going to Tunney’s Pasture Station (west end), Hurdman Station (southbound buses), and Blair Station (east end).  You can see my post Ottawa LRT Stage 1 maps for a map of the new rapid system.

Queen of Buses

The major downtown OC Transpo change will be a focus around Parliament Station on Queen.  All the frequent local bus routes, the 6, 7, and 11, will have a route on Bank and Queen.  This may be interesting considering that Queen has just been narrowed, and Queen will still be open for regular car and truck traffic.  My understanding is this shift will precede the STO bus route changes.

OC Transpo 2019 downtown core detail inset

Above is an extract from the downtown core submap on the lower right of the main OC Transpo 2019 System Map.  The red circles are station entrances, the black squares with letters are station-adjacent bus stops.  Mackenzie King Station at the south of Rideau Centre goes from being a very busy Transitway station to only being visited by the 16 and the 19.  (It will become a very busy STO station as you will see below.)

SIDEBAR: If you like Ottawa transit history, the 6 and 7 echo the route of streetcar line B, and the 11 echoes the route of streetcar line S.  You can see the streetcar routes in a plate from the Greber report.  END SIDEBAR

I had actually thought that the local bus routes would go on Albert and Slater and end up at the south side of Rideau Centre at Mackenzie King Station, but this is not at all the case.  Slater will still be used but only for part of the route of the 17, 16, and 19.

However Albert and Slater will not go for long without substantial bus traffic, as it turns out the STO buses will move to travel deeper into the core, including along Albert and Slater to Mackenzie King Station.

STO Bus Like a Lyon

Lyon Station will be a minor loop for OC Transpo, with the 10, 16 and 17.

But Lyon will become a major rush hour weekday Ottawa-side hub for STO, which will move almost all of its buses off of Wellington in front of Parliament Hill and instead loop past Lyon including going east-west along Albert and Slater with a second hub for regular lines at Mackenzie King Station.  This is a dramatic change for the STO routes.

STO Ottawa 2020
above from Changements à la desserte de la STO au centre-ville d’Ottawa (après la mise en service de la Ligne de la Confédération)

For Ottawans living in Centretown used to heading to Wellington to get their STO bus, this is a significant change, with STO stops (the small blue dots in the above image) strung along Albert and Slater, with some on Lyon and Bank as well.  (I assume based on the dots that OC Transpo stops will basically turn into STO stops.)

The new stops should make it much more convenient to use the STO buses from Centretown, except before 9am.

Outside the Perimeter

There is one hassle for Ontario residents taking the STO bus:

  1. You can’t tap your Presto card to pay for a single ride.  STO will only accept monthly pass, U-PASS, DayPass, and an OC Transpo transfer.

UPDATE 2019-07-24: For more and newer details on transfers to STO from OC Transpo and vice-versa, see Fares and valid fare payments (after the Confederation Line begins operation) or Tarification et validité des titres (après la mise en service de la Ligne de la Confédération).

END UPDATE

First what this means is that if you walk directly (rather than taking an OC Transpo bus) to an STO bus stop in Centretown, you either have to pay cash for your trip, or you need a pass.  (If you’re just going for a single STO trip, it’s almost worth stepping onto an OC Transpo bus first just to get a transfer.)

UPDATE 2018-02-12: As of January 10, 2019 there is no longer a requirement for the STO – OC Transpo Smart Card.

As of Jan. 10, 2019, riders with an OC Transpo monthly pass no longer need to tap their STO-OC Transpo Smart Card when boarding STO buses.

The STO-OC Transpo Smart Card allowed riders to use their OC Transpo pass on STO routes before 9 am. Now, there are no restrictions for OC Transpo pass holders on STO.

END UPDATE

The actual STO procedure for Presto is ridiculous (so it’s kind of good that no one actually follows it).  It appears to be:

  • tap your Presto card (which must have either a pass or a transfer)
  • show the driver the back of your Presto card (every time)

I honestly don’t know what the point of this sequence can possibly be, other than to paralyse STO bus boarding in Ottawa.

And an even better solution would be just to have Presto totally compatible for use for single payments or passes.  And an even better solution than that would be to support tap payment with debit and credit cards and phones, along with tap passes that you could have on your phone or a card.

OC Transpo to Gatineau

There will still be OC Transpo buses to Gatineau, with their hub at Pimisi Station, but I never take these buses so I can’t say much about them.

UPDATE 2018-02-15: You can see these buses on the OC Transpo Ready for Rail downtown map.  END UPDATE

The Future

There is a proposal for a Quebec west-side train loop, with connections Portage Bridge (which you might not expect, and I don’t really understand how it would work unless you completely redo the car lanes).  See proposed rail transit for Gatineau west end including rail across Portage Bridge for more information.

Addendum

As always, check the STO website for official information about the new bus routes and when they will come into effect.

Ottawa LRT Stage 1 maps

Here’s what the Stage 1 commuter rail (light rail transit, LRT) network looked like when it launched on September 14, 2019.  This post focuses on the rail maps; there were also lots of bus route changes.

Maps

Line 1, the Confederation Line, the red line, runs from Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east.  It is an all-electric, dual-track line (i.e. separate tracks for each direction).

It makes for a pretty simple map, from the OC Transpo Ready4Rail – Where will it go page.

OttLRT Line 1 Stage 1 Line_map1

Lyon, Parliament and Rideau stations are underground.  The Gatineau bus connection shown at Pimisi Station indicates OC Transpo Gatineau-bound buses.  The STO bus connections aren’t shown (they will be mainly at Lyon Station).

Line 2, the Trillium Line, the green line, runs from Bayview Station in the north to Greenboro Station in the south.  It is a diesel line with some single tracking, which means trains have to wait at stopping points in order to share the single track in both directions.

It also makes for a pretty simple map, from the OC Transpo Route 2 results page, PDF map option (Internet Archive link).

O-Train Route 2 map_carte_002

UPDATE 2020-05-06: Note that as work has started on Line 2 Stage 2; all of Line 2 is shut down as of May 3, 2020 for at least two years.  A bus service will run for the duration of construction.  END UPDATE

The lines have a single transfer point at Bayview Station.

Here is a Stage 1 map of just Line 1 and Line 2 together.

Stage 1 - Otrain_network_map
from OC Transpo Expanding O-Train service, specifically https://www.octranspo.com/images/files/ready4rail/Otrain_network_map.png

There is also a map (PNG) that shows all rapid routes, which includes the two train lines in red and green as well as buses in blue. Basically the blue is what remains of the workhorse Transitway / Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines in Stage 1. (Map from OC Transpo New service types page.)  You don’t see the downtown core buses on this map because they are a different service type, downtown buses are frequent and their routes would be in orange.

OC Transpo Rapid 2018_Network_R 200

Interactive Maps & Downloadable Data

You can see current and proposed station footprints and track alignments in GeoOttawa.  Go to More layers… and select Rail Implementation Office at the very bottom (below Miscellaneous).  http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoottawa/  Note that GeoOttawa requires Flash.

UPDATE 2020-07-03: geoOttawa beta is available and works in any web browser.  END UPDATE

If you want the data for Line 1 including station alignments, as shape files, you can get it from the City of Ottawa Open [Data] site https://open.ottawa.ca/datasets/o-train-line-stage-1

There is also open data for O-Train [Line 1] Stations Stage 1 (just the stations) and O-Train [Line 2 Tracks] (just the tracks), including Google Earth KMZ format.  The data are quite fragmented as they are mostly just extracts made by querying GeoOttawa.  Use the API Explorer option on the individual datasets in Open Ottawa to see the query that generated the dataset.

Rollout

For more on the rollout of Stage 1 LRT and accompanying bus network changes see Ottawa LRT Stage 1 rollout with multi-step transit network changes.

Websites

The website for the construction of Stage 1 was https://www.ligneconfederationline.ca/ (now that construction is complete, the website will no longer be updated).

There is also general information at https://www.octranspo.com/en/ready-for-rail/

and a specific OC Transpo page for Line 1 at https://www.octranspo.com/en/our-services/bus-o-train-network/service-types/o-train-line-1

There was a completely separate website for Stage 2 but now see the City of Ottawa website at https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project (I have covered Stage 2 in a separate blog post).

Addendum

In renaming and rebranding the lines there may be some confusion.  Previously O-Train referred just to the north-south train, now it is used for the entire system.  Also previously route 1 and route 2 were downtown core frequent buses.  Route 1 was changed to route 6, and route 2 basically ended up as two routes, the 11 and the 12.

The Stage 1 rail lines won’t change, but nevertheless always go to the OC Transpo website for the latest official information about routes.

See Also

September 10, 2019 Ottawa LRT Stage 1 Line 1 in Emojis