The Plan

What are we building?


We are building phase 1 of Ottawa’s light rail transit (LRT) system. It’s called the Confederation Line. The Confederation Line is a state-of-the-art LRT system and Ottawa’s largest transportation infrastructure project since the building of the Rideau Canal.

The Confederation Line will be a significant part of OC Transpo’s integrated transit network. It will connect to the existing Bus Rapid Transitway at Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west and Blair Road in the east, and to the O-Train at Bayview Station. Together with a 2.5-km downtown tunnel, this light rail system will move Ottawa faster and in more comfort than ever before.

The Confederation Line is a transportation system worthy of one of the world’s leading capital cities. Construction on Highway 417 began in April 2013.

Highlights of the Confederation Line


The Confederation Line will grow to accommodate the City’s ridership for decades to come.


Downtown Tunnel
A 2.5-km downtown tunnel that will ease congestion in the core.


Stations designed to the highest standards of safety, accessibility and sustainability.


Comfortable, accessible world-class light rail vehicles, assembled in Ottawa.


Infrastructure built to handle Ottawa’s variable climate.


A long-term partnership project that is guaranteed to deliver on budget.

What else can Ottawa expect?

The Confederation Line will support Ottawa as a economically growing, environmentally sustainable and culturally vibrant global capital. Some of the features that support this vision include:

  • Integrated pedestrian and cycling networks to promote healthy commuting.
  • Installations celebrating the area’s arts, culture and history.
  • Welcoming public spaces to support new community development.
  • Concourses with services for riders.

Take a tour of the Confederation Line

For an overview of the who, what, where, when, why and how of Confederation Line, watch this brief video from the Rideau Transit Group.

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