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Confederation Line

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The Confederation Line French: Ligne de la Confédération is a light rail transit LRT line under construction in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada The Confederation Line will be part of the O-Train network operated by OC Transpo along with the existing diesel-powered Trillium Line1 While using light rail vehicles and technology, the Confederation Line is completely grade separated with high frequency service and so falls towards the light metro end of the spectrum

The project was approved by Ottawa City Council2 and the contract was awarded in December 2012 Construction began in 20133 and the downtown portion of the project will be substantially completed by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation The line is expected to open in 20184 At a cost of just over $21 billion, it is the largest infrastructure project awarded in the history of the city5 The cost of phase 2 is $3 billion making the total cost $51 billion


  • 1 History
  • 2 Route and stations
    • 21 Route
    • 22 Stations
  • 3 Rolling stock
  • 4 Construction
  • 5 Stage 2 extension
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
    • 71 Inline citations
    • 72 Bibliography
  • 8 External links


The line was approved unanimously by the City Council on December 19, 2012 after many years of debate on a rapid transit network for the city It represents the initial phase of the network and will be implemented through a 30-year Design-Build-Finance-Maintenance agreement with the Rideau Transit Group6 The Citadis Spirit light train will be used to provide passenger service

On June 8, 2016, a sinkhole opened in the middle of Rideau Street near its intersection with Sussex Drive, 25 metres above the LRT tunnel construction, swallowing three lanes of the street and a parked van The collapse forced evacuation of the Rideau Centre and the closing of a number of local streets and businesses; no one was injured or killed, but the nearly- completed tunnel was flooded, submerging a roadheader Repairs were completed,7 and the city was cleared of any wrong-doing8

Testing of the line's rolling stock began in late 2016, and was planned to continue through most of the following year before the line opens to the public in 20189

Route and stationsedit


Plans call for Confederation Line to span from Tunney's Pasture station in the west to Blair station in the east, a distance of 125 km 78 mi5 including a 25 km 16 mi tunnel running under Queen Street in the central business district The line will connect to the existing Bus Rapid Transitway at Tunney’s Pasture station in the west and Blair station in the east, and to the O-Train Trillium Line at Bayview station10


Main article: List of O-Train stations

There will be 13 stations along the line It is proposed to change some of the names for stations shown on earlier plans to better reflect community locale and to be bilingual11 The three downtown subway stations are to have 120 metre platforms; the remainder will be 90 metres with provision for future expansion

  • Blair station, a major transfer point between with the East Transitway to Orleans
  • Cyrville station
  • St Laurent station, integrated with the St Laurent Shopping Centre Major transfer between the Confederation Line and east end bus routes
  • Tremblay station originally called Train station, a transfer point to Via Rail inter-regional services at Ottawa Train Station A pedestrian bridge has been built to serve Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park north of the Queensway
  • Hurdman station, a major transfer point with the Southeast Transitway to south Ottawa
  • Lees station
  • uOttawa station originally called Campus station, to be built over the existing station, also replacing Laurier station, serving the University of Ottawa
  • Rideau station, located under Rideau Street, integration with the Rideau Centre complex Replaces the existing Mackenzie King station and will be a major transfer station, providing transfers between the Confederation Line and the city's urban bus routes to the east Montreal Road and south Bank Street
  • Parliament/Parlement station original plans showed it as Downtown East, located under Queen Street, replacing the Bank and Metcalfe stations Direct connection to the Sun Life Centre and Heritage Place
  • Lyon station original plans showed it as Downtown West, located under Queen Street, replacing the Bay and Kent stations To be integrated with Place de Ville's underground concourse and a future Claridge residential development
  • Pimisi station previously called Lebreton station is planned to have an Aboriginal theme in consultation with the Algonquins of Ontario; the location will improve transit connections with Gatineau and create a new transit node along Booth Street
  • Bayview station, a major transfer point with the north-south Trillium Line to south Ottawa
  • Tunney's Pasture station, a major federal government employment area and transfer point with the Southwest Transitway to Barrhaven and West Transitway to Kanata

Rolling stockedit

As part of the winning consortium for the project, Alstom will provide thirty-four10 Citadis Spirit LRVs It is the company's first order for modern light rail vehicles in North America, competing directly with similar models such as the Siemens S70 which was originally ordered for the original extension plan for the Trillium Line but was later cancelled Derived from the earlier Citadis X-04 series used in Europe, they will be assembled in Alstom's plant in Hornell, New York with final assembly in Ottawa at a new depot and rail yard at Belfast Road and St-Laurent Boulevard, directly behind OC Transpo's headquarters and main bus depot down the track from Tremblay station1213

Signalling on the line will be handled by Thales’ SelTrac semi-automatic communication-based train control CBTC technology14 Thales will design, build, maintain the system, and support its installation and commissioning


Demolition work at the Cyrville station July 2015

In mid-April 2015, OC Transpo posted a list of bus route changes as a result of the closure of the Transitway between Hurdman station and Blair station15 As a result of the closure, many new routes are being created, such as route 91, and existing routes modified, most notably routes 61, 62, 94 and 95 Many routes will use new bus-only lanes on Highway 417, and several others will be altered or shortened to avoid serving the construction area The changes are meant to provide extra service to those in areas affected by the Transitway closure, and to avoid as many delays as possible while construction on the Confederation Line progresses The 417 widening project is finished

Stage 2 extensionedit

In November 2013, the City of Ottawa released its new transportation master plan,16 which included plans to build 35 kilometers of new rapid transit and 19 new stations This also included plans to extend the Confederation Line westward to Bayshore station and to Baseline station, and eastward to Place d'Orleans station In July 2015, the city released a functional report17 on the Stage 2 system expansion, which added plans to extend the Confederation Line eastward from Place d'Orleans station to Trim station An extension westward to Moodie Drive from Bayshore station was announced in February 201718 This totals an extension of 11 stations westward and 5 stations eastward19

The city plans to start construction as soon as the first phase is complete in 2018 The full system would be operational by 2023, with the extension to Trim station operational by 202216 The city is currently working on finalizing plans20 for the current gap in service between Dominion station and Lincoln Fields station where buses travel on the Sir John A Macdonald Parkway a little over 4 kilometres without stopping The plan calls for burying trains for most of the route, creating a shorter, straighter alignment The new route will also include two new LRT stations in an urban area with plenty of densification opportunities

Stage 2 LRT logo

See alsoedit

  • Ottawa Rapid Transit
  • Light rail in Canada


Inline citationsedit

  1. ^ "Transit commission on board with new O-Train name" Metro News September 17, 2014 Retrieved June 20, 2017 O-Train passengers could be boarding the expanded and newly named Trillium Line by mid-November 
  3. ^ "2015 Look Ahead" PDF Confederation Line 2015 Archived from the original on 2015-09-25 Retrieved 2015-06-11 CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown link
  4. ^ "Confederation Line Station Names" OC Transpo 2015-06-10 Retrieved 2015-06-10 
  5. ^ a b Schepers December 4, 2012, p6
  6. ^ Schepers December 4, 2012, p1
  7. ^ Pearson, Matthew July 29, 2016 "LRT tunnel work under Rideau to resume next week" Ottawa Sun Retrieved 2017-03-15 
  8. ^ Pritchard, Trevor December 22, 2016 "Rideau Street sinkhole collapse not city's fault, says chief solicitor" Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Retrieved 2017-03-15 
  9. ^ "Ottawa, Alstom begin light rail testing on O-Train line" Trains Magazine December 7, 2016 Retrieved December 7, 2016 
  10. ^ a b "Confederation Line" City of Ottawa 2015 Archived from the original on 2015-06-13 Retrieved 2015-06-11 
  11. ^ David Reevely June 27, 2013 "New light-rail system takes shape" Ottawa Citizen dead link
  12. ^ "Alstom launches North American light rail vehicle with Ottawa contract" Railway Gazette 2013-02-14 Archived from the original on 2014-09-06 With a similar configuration to Citadis Dualis tram-trains used in the French cities of Nantes and Lyon, the version of the Citadis Spirit for Ottawa will be a 100% low-floor LRV with a top speed of 100 km/h and space for bicycles It will be equipped to operate in 'extreme' winter conditions 
  13. ^ Vantuono, William February 14, 2013 "Alstom finalizes Ottawa LRT contract" Railway Age Retrieved June 20, 2017 
  14. ^ "Ottawa LRT signalling award for Thales" Global Rail News March 5, 2013 Archived from the original on April 10, 2013 
  15. ^ "OC Transpo - On Track 2018" April 2015 Retrieved 19 April 2015 
  16. ^ a b "Transportation Master Plan" City of Ottawa Retrieved 2 March 2015 
  17. ^ City of Ottawa 2015-06-29 "Stage 2 LRT" Stage 2 LRT Resources City of Ottawa Retrieved 2015-07-06 
  18. ^ "'The west is finally in': $36B rail package includes LRT to Moodie Drive" Ottawa Citizen 2017-02-17 Retrieved 2017-08-19 
  19. ^ "Stage 2 - East, West and South" City of Ottawa 2015 Retrieved 2015-08-01 
  20. ^ "Unsatisfied with City proposal partially bury western extension" Ottawa Citizen Archived from the original on June 19, 2013 Retrieved June 12, 2013 


  • Schepers, Nancy December 4, 2012 "DESIGN, BUILD, FINANCE AND MAINTENANCE OF OTTAWA'S LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT OLRT PROJECT" PDF Report to Council City of Ottawa Retrieved June 20, 2017 
  • Schepers, Nancy June 22, 2015 Report to Finance and Economic Development Committee 29 June 2015 and Council 8 July 2015 Submitted on June 22, 2015 by Nancy Schepers, Executive Advisor, Light Rail Planning and Implementation File Number: ACS2015-CMR-OCM-0017 SUBJECT: STAGE 2 LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT LRT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND FUNCTIONAL DESIGN REPORT Retrieved July 6, 2015
  • OC Transpo's Announcement video of their chosen Light Rail Vehicle

External linksedit

  • Confederation Line – official website
  • Confederation Line – OC Transpo website
  • Stage 2 LRT

Coordinates: 45°25′09″N 75°40′45″W / 4541905°N 7567906°W / 4541905; -7567906

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