TransitNEXT, a subsidiary of Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin, has been selected by the Ottawa City Council for the C$660m ($492m) Trillium Line Extension of the light rail transit (LRT) project.
The council has granted approval for the Stage 2 LRT, allowing construction of the City’s O-Train network expansion to begin in 2019.
The extension is expected to help reduce north/south traffic congestion with dependable public transit options.
Under the Stage 2 LRT project, the O-Train will be extended by 44km to the south, east and west, and 24 new stations will be added.
The expansions will be completed in 2022, 2024 and 2025 respectively.
The project will include the addition of approximately 12km of single and double track, extending the Trillium Line from Greenboro to Limebank, and a 4km spur line, part of which will be elevated guideway.
The Trillium Line will be extended south from Greenboro Station to Riverside South, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
TransitNEXT will design, build, finance and maintain the Trillium Line extension, which will add 16km of rail and eight stations in the south.
SNC-Lavalin will provide approximately C$136m ($101m) in private capital contributions.
The company will also provide new light rail transit connections for communities in Riverside South, and bring Manotick, Findlay Creek, Greely, Osgoode and other communities to the south closer to rail connections.
The project will include extension of five station platforms on the Trillium line (Bayview, Carling, Mooney’s Bay, Carleton and Greenboro) to accommodate longer trains; two new stations on the Trillium Line at Gladstone and Walkley; and four new stations at South Keys (connecting to the Airport link), Leitrim, Bowesville and Limebank.
The extension project will also include two new stations along the new spur line at Uplands and Airport Terminal; supplying seven new Stadler vehicles and overhauling six Alstom trains; construction of a new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF); and maintenance of the system for 27 years.
Furthermore, the Confederation Line will also be extended farther east to Place D’Orléans and Trim Road and west to Moodie Drive and Algonquin Station.
East-West Connectors has been selected to design, build and finance the Confederation Line extension, which will add 12.5km of rail and five stations in the east and 15km of rail and 11 stations in the west.
The Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa are funding Stage 2 of the C$4.6bn ($3.4bn) project.
Image: Coradia LINT 41 of Capiral Railway (Ottawa) leaving Bayview station on the Trillium line. Photo: Courtesy of Emdx / Wikimedia Commons.