Ottawa’s mayor, council, and representatives from the city’s business, tourism, and academic communities officially launched the Ottawa LRT Stage 2 funding request to the federal and provincial governments. Stage 2 will further reduce commute times by adding 19 new stations and 30 kilometres of rail to Ottawa’s O-Train system between 2018 and 2023. It was recently confirmed through EA work it can be constructed within the $3-billion budget established in the city’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan.
The project will:
Extend the Confederation Line east from Blair to Orléans, with stations at St.Joseph, Jeanne D’Arc, Orléans Drive, and Place d’Orléans;
Extend the Confederation Line west to Algonquin College and Bayshore, with stations at Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields, Queensview, Pinecrest, Iris, Baseline, and Bayshore; and
Extend the O-Train to Riverside South and Bowesville, with a new station at Gladstone, and stations at Walkley, South Keys, Leitrim, and Bowesville.
Early works are underway for the exntensions in all three directions, and this work has only intensified since the completion of the Confederation Line. For the east extension, summer 2019 marked the start of lane windening work on Highway 174 eastbound. For the west, realignment work on the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway was close to completion, which will make way for a cut-and-cover trench/tunnel Dominion Station and the to-be-constructed Cleary Station. For the south extension, site clearning measures got underway in September at the home of the future Rail Mainternance and Storage Facility.