Confederation Line

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Image Credit: Ottawa Light Rail

Ranking for 2013: 16

Industry Sector: Transit

Specific Sector: LRT

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $2,130,000,000

Federal: $761.5 million (Building Canada Fund: $600 million; Gas Tax Fund: $161.5 million)

Provincial: $887 million (Government of Ontario: $600 million; Provincial Gas Tax: 
$287 million)

Municipal: $900 million

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Public

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2018

LEED: N/A


This project is set to meet the City of Ottawa’s infrastructure challenge by way of a state-of-the-art LRT system with an initial capacity of 24,000 riders per hour in each direction, including a congestion-solving 2.5 kilometre tunnel that will rapidly move riders across downtown. It will be a fully accessible and convenient system for all users, including cyclists. The 12.5 kilometre rail line will consist of thirteen stations between Tunney’s Pasture in the west and Blair Station in the east, with three stations residing in the 2.5 kilometre tunnel downtown. This will make transportation to-and-from the downtown core easier.

This work also includes the widening of Highway 417, as well as the building of a maintenance and storage facility on Belfast Road. Selected vehicle assembly and all cleaning, inspection, heavy maintenance, washing, and storage will take place at this facility. Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for system commissioning in summer 2017, with the first revenue service operation planned for May 2018.


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