Ottawa light rail transit project

The Rideau Transit Group (RTG) has begun preliminary construction work on the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project, also called the Confederation Line transit project.

The City of Ottawa has handed over a 16-hectare site on Belfast Road to RTG for the construction of the future maintenance, operations, vehicle assembly and storage facility for the LRT project.

Following preliminary works on the site, RTG will start construction of the new maintenance yard and train yard, which is expected to be complete by 2015.

RTG, a consortium led by ACS Infrastructure Canada, SNC-Lavalin and EllisDon, will initially demolish and recycle materials from the existing buildings on the site.

Operational testing at the new maintenance and storage facility will start in 2017, with a full service scheduled to begin in spring 2018.

"Following preliminary works on the site, RTG will start construction of the new maintenance yard and train yard, which is expected to be complete by 2015."

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said: "This site currently houses aging storage structures but will soon be replaced with a state-of-the-art facility that will host the assembly, maintenance and operations of our new Confederation Line trains."

RTG was selected in February 2013 to design, build, finance and maintain the C$2.1bn ($2bn) new line of the OLRT project.

Work under the first phase of the project includes the construction of a 12.5km light rail line through the city, which is scheduled to commence 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 current 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.

Following scheduled completion in 2018, 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.

Funding for the project is being provided by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Ottawa.


Image: Construction of the new maintenance and train yard under the OLRT project will be complete by 2015. Image: courtesy of Ottawa Light Rail.