When will it happen?
In November of 2008, Ottawa City Council approved a Transportation Master Plan laying the foundation for Ottawa’s light rail transit (LRT) project. Over the next four years, all of the other pieces were put in place, culminating with the awarding of the contract for the Confederation Line in February 2013.
Preliminary construction began in Spring 2013 and over the next five years we will watch the Confederation Line take shape. On this website you will be able to follow the progress of every station and every major construction component.
Highlights of the schedule
In preparation for construction of Confederation Line, the first major project – widening of Highway 417 – allows for Bus Rapid Transit to continue along the widened lanes of the highway while construction takes place to convert the Transitway into light rail.
Summer 2013 – Summer 2016
This facility, which is nearing completion, will be the location for assembly and ongoing maintenance of Ottawa’s light rail vehicles. The facility is one of the first projects to be completed.
Fall 2013 – Summer 2017
Assembly of the Vehicle
Fall 2015 – Winter 2017
Our world-class light rail vehicle, designed by Alstom, is currently being assembled right here in Ottawa at the Belfast Yard over a two-year period.
150th Celebration of Confederation
Launch of Full Service
After an extended period of testing, the Confederation Line will begin full revenue service in 2018.
Schedule of Project Background
|November 2008||Council Approves Transportation Master Plan|
|May 2009||Council Approves Alignment Report|
|August 2010||Province Approves Environmental Assessment|
|November 2010||Preliminary Engineering Commences|
|December 2011||Request for Proposals to Design & Build|
|December 2012||Proposal Selection|
|February 2013||Contract Awarded|
|February 2013||Construction Commences|
|2018||Full Revenue Service|
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.