Ottawa Light Rail Transit Confederation Line
City of Ottawa
Transit & Transportation
The Confederation Line, Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, is a public-private partnership between the City of Ottawa and the Rideau Transit Group, which includes EllisDon Capital Inc. and EllisDon Corporation, along with other consortium partners.
To meet the City of Ottawa’s infrastructure challenge, EllisDon delivered a state-of-the-art LRT with a capacity of 24,000 riders per hour in each direction, including a congestion-solving 2.5 kilometre tunnel that rapidly moves riders across downtown. It is a fully accessible and convenient system for all users, including cyclists. The 12.5-kilometre rail line consists of 13 stations between Tunney’s Pasture in the west and Blair Station in the east, with three of these stations residing in the 2.5-kilometre tunnel downtown. This allows for transportation to, from and across the downtown core easier.
The project also included the widening of Highway 417, and the building of a Maintenance and Storage Facility on Belfast Road. All vehicle assembly, cleaning, inspection, heavy maintenance, washing and storage takes place at this facility.
The project also includes the widening of Highway 417, and the building of a Maintenance and Storage Facility on Belfast Road. All vehicle assembly, cleaning, inspection, heavy maintenance, washing and storage will take place at this facility. EllisDon will also be responsible for providing, through its suppliers, the vehicle and train control systems. Additionally, the group will manage and coordinate all design activities, including tunnel and underground station caverns, station architectural design, urban design, landscape design, geotechnical design, station structural design, and safety.