Ottawa light rail transit project

The City of Ottawa has finalised a C$2.1bn ($2bn) deal with the Rideau Transit Group (RTG) for the design, construction and maintenance of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project.

RTG, a consortium led by ACS Infrastructure Canada, SNC-Lavalin and EllisDon, beat the shortlisted consortiums Ottawa Transit Partners and Rideau Transit Partners to secure the contract.

The first phase of the project involves the construction of a 12.5km light rail line through the city, with work scheduled to start in spring 2013.

The new line will run from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Blair Station, including a 2.5km downtown tunnel from Brickhill Street to south of Laurier Avenue, while the remaining LRT alignment will follow the city’s existing bus rapid transit corridor, Transitway.

Thirteen new stations will be built along the route, three of which will be located in the underground downtown core portion.

"The first phase of the project involves the construction of a 12.5km light rail line through the city, with work scheduled to start in spring 2013."

The consortium will also supply light rail transit vehicles, build a new maintenance and storage facility on Belfast Road, and take charge of the ongoing maintenance of the system for 30 years.

The project also includes the conversion of existing Transitway segments and stations, as well as the construction and operation of new at-grade, elevated and underground LRT segments and stations.

The construction of underground infrastructure will be carried out by methods that include cut-and-cover, sequential excavation techniques and the use of a tunnel boring machine.

Following the scheduled completion by the end of 2017, the new LRT will transport an estimated 10,000 people an hour in each direction during the morning rush hour, saving transit riders around 15 minutes on their daily commute.


Image: The 12.5km Ottawa LRT will include 13 new stations and a 2.5km tunnel under downtown. Image: courtesy of Ottawa Light Rail.