Ottawa-Carleton Regional Transit Commission O-Train 'Confederation Line'
The Confederation Line is a grade-separated rapid Light Rail Transit (LRT) system between Tunney's Pasture and Blair Stations. The 12.5 kilometre line will have thirteen stations with a 3.2 kilometre underground section with four stations serving downtown and the University of Ottawa Campus. The line is currently under construction and will open in 2018.
In December 2012, Council approved the $2.13 billion light rail project. An agreement with Rideau Transit Group (RTG) for the responsibility to design, build, finance, and maintain the light rail system was finalized in February 2013. RTG, a consortium of ACS Infrastructure Canada, Ellis Don, Dragados Canada, SNC-Lavalin, and Veolia Transportation, is responsible for maintaining the system for a period of 30 years.
Start of construction was marked with the hand-over of the maintenance and storage facility site on April 19, 2013. It is expected to be complete by 2015. Construction of the downtown tunnel was marked in October with the assembly of the first roadheader, the machine used to carve out the tunnel. Tunneling was briefly interrupted by a road collapse near the east portal.
West to east.
- Tunney's Pasture (being rebuilt)
- Bayview (being rebuilt)
- Pimisi (replaces LeBreton station)
- Lyon (new station underground)
- Parliament (new station underground)
- Rideau (new station underground)
- uOttawa (being rebuilt; formerly named Campus station)
- Lees (being rebuilt)
- Hurdman (being rebuilt)
- Tremblay (being rebuilt; formerly named Train station)
- St. Laurent (being rebuilt)
- Cyrville (being rebuilt)
- Blair (being rebuilt)
Rideau Transit Group awarded Alstom Transport the contract for 34 light rail vehicles (LRVs) dubbed the Citadis Spirit. The 49-metre long vehicles are capable of operating in sets of two and at a top speed of 100 km/h. Each fully low floor vehicle will seat 120 passengers and have space for four wheelchairs. Thales Transportation Solutions has supplied Communications-Based Train Control, which automatic train supervision and protection.
A final full-scale mock-up of the Citadis Spirit LRV was presented to the public at the Aberdeen Pavilion in Lansdowne Park on January 29, 2015. It was on display until the end of March.
The LRVs are to being built in Hornell, New York with final assembly taking place in Ottawa at what will become the Confederation Line maintenance facility. By the summer of 2016, construction of the first vehicle was well underway. On November 16, 2016, the nearly-completed LRV was delivered to Belfast Yard which is located beside the St. Laurent bus garage. By the end of the month, OC Transpo had begun low speed testing of the LRV between Blair and Cyrville stations.
- Ottawa’s Light Rail Future Unveiled, ottawa.ca, retrieved on 2011-07-15
- Awarded the Confederation Line (Press release). SNC-Lavalin. Retrieved in 02 September 2013.
- Alstom to provide 34 light rail vehicles and maintenance services for Ottawa (Press release). Alstom Transport. Retrieved in 01 September 2013.
- Thales Canada awarded Ottawa LRT Signalling Contract. Press release. 28 February 2013. Thales Canada. Retrieved on 23 December 2016.