The City Council of Ottawa in the Canadian province of Ontario has 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, which includes the extension of the Confederation and Trillium lines, will expand the O-Train system by 44km and add 24 stations.

East-West Connectors, a consortium of Kiewit and Vinci, is revealed as the preferred partner to design, finance and build the Confederation Line extension.

The extension involves the construction of 12.5km of rail and five stations in the east towards Trim Road, as well as an additional 15km and 11 stations in the west to both Moodie Drive and Baseline Station.

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“The second stage of the project is jointly funded by the federal and provincial government and the city of Ottawa.”

Ottawa council has selected TransitNEXT as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the Trillium Line extension.

The extension involves building 16km of line and eight stations from Greenboro Station to Riverside South. Additionally, the extension will offer a connection to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

The city council is scheduled to consider procurement results and identify preferred proponents for stage II of the projects next week.

Once approved, construction works will begin later this year.

The second stage of the project is jointly funded by the federal and provincial government and the city of Ottawa.

Overall, the cost of the project is estimated to be C$4.6bn ($3.5bn).

Currently, the initial section of Trillium Line is operational, while operations on the completed section of the Confederation Line are expected to commence this year.