The O-Train Confederation Line in Ottawa, Canada, has commenced commercial operations equipped with SelTrac Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) technology installed by Thales.

Thales won the contract from East-West Connectors to provide the SelTrac CBTC system for the stage two O-Train Confederation Line extension project in June.

The technology leverages telecommunications between track equipment and the trains for efficient traffic management.

Train positions are accurately shown to signal operators, which helps to efficiently and safely manage light rail traffic.

The stage two Confederation Line extension expanded from the existing 13-station line to Trim Road in the east, as well as Baseline Road and Moodie Drive to the west.

The signalling technology has been deployed at all the 13 stations.

Thales Urban Rail Signalling Business Line vice-president and managing director Dominique Gaiardo said: “Providing the city of Ottawa with our state-of-the-art Thales’ urban rail signalling technology solidifies our position as a leader in the provision of complex signalling systems for Light Rail Transit applications in Canada and internationally.

“Thales successfully delivers innovative, fast and reliable transportation solutions around the world, and we are committed to the continued service of cities and their transit users in Ottawa and across the country.”

In March, The City Council of Ottawa selected preferred proponents for the second stage of the O-Train, the light-rail transit system in the city.

The second stage of the project includes the extension of the Confederation and Trillium lines. It will expand the O-Train system by 44km and add 24 stations.