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The umbrella in this video is being installed now, a week before spring, in the Confederation Line’s Rideau Station cavern. ...
February 26, 2015Download Transcript
Ottawa’s new light rail vehicle
Ottawa Citadis Spirit Light Rail Train
A roadheader excavation machine is navigating in the tunnel and mining the rock using an onboard positioning system...
November 21, 2014Download Transcript
Roadheader onboard guidance system
A roadheader excavation machine is navigating in the tunnel and mining the rock using an onboard positioning system equipped with fixed references and electronic devices.
We collected thousands of still photos from the installation and created a time-lapse video. Coverage of Lees Avenue...
Did you know that two existing bridge structures along Highway 417 – Vanier Parkway overpass and Lees Avenue underpass – will...
May 14, 2014
Did you know?
Did you know that two existing bridge structures along Highway 417 – Vanier Parkway overpass and Lees Avenue underpass – will be removed using the rapid bridge replacement method later this year?
This innovative technology will allow the two bridges to be replaced over a few weekends instead of several months. Once the new bridge components are constructed in the staging area onsite, crews will lift out the old bridge and replace it with a new one. This method reduces costs, improves safety and minimizes traffic disruptions.
The Highway 417 widening project includes rehabilitation, reconstruction and rapid replacement of structures along the highway, from the 417/174 split to past Lees Avenue. Upon completion in fall 2015, the additional highway lane will serve as an alternate Transitway during Confederation Line construction, from 2015-2018.
Stay on-track with us and visit our website for weekly construction summaries on what we are building, when and where.
We are excited to launch the official website for the Confederation Line project. Featuring construction information, news and...
October 9, 2013
The Confederation Line Goes Online
We are excited to launch the official website for the Confederation Line project. Featuring construction information, news and events, in-depth blogs and lots of background, we hope that you’ll use confederationline.ca to follow along and engage with the construction of this landmark Ottawa project.
The site has been designed to showcase current activity on the project. Construction updates, news stories, community event notices, videos about the project, blogs from the project team—all are available without leaving the homepage. Just click on a post. And then another. In keeping with the focus on what is happening now, recent posts appear first. We’ve built the site to keep you current, while also documenting the chronology of this historic project.
Beyond the homepage, two main sections—Plan and Build—provide additional in-depth information. Looking to find out more about the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of the Confederation Line? Click on Plan. Want more detail about the individual construction projects, such as one of the stations, the downtown tunnel, or the light rail vehicle itself? Click on Build. You will find an overview, schedule, gallery and Community Liaison for each component of the Confederation Line. If you have questions or comments about impacts in your neighborhood, the Community Liaison would be happy to hear form you.
We are now in the very early stages of the Confederation Line build. As construction continues, this site will grow, gathering updates, information, images and video about the project and all its individual pieces. We hope that you find the site useful and informative—even a bit exciting—and that you visit often. Your feedback is always welcome.
Following a summer of public consultation and Transit Commission’s approval on August 21, OC Transpo has announced the...
August 22, 2013
OC Transpo Announces Confederation Line Station Names
Following a summer of public consultation and Transit Commission’s approval on August 21, OC Transpo has announced the station names for Confederation Line.
There are 13 stations along the Confederation Line. Three are new stations and ten are renovations of existing Transitway Stations. A working group consisting of OC Transpo Staff and Transit Commission members made recommendations and sought public feedback. As a result, two of the existing stations have a new name, names for the three new stations, and no change to the names of eight of the existing stations. LeBreton Station was renamed after consultation with the Algonquins of Ontario to recognize the traditional land of the Algonquin people.
- Tunney’s Pasture – remains Tunney’s Pasture Station
- Bayview – remains Bayview Station
- LeBreton Flats – now Pimisi Station
- Downtown West – now Lyon Station *new station
- Downtown East – now Parliament *new station
- Rideau – now Rideau Station *new underground station
- Campus – now uOttawa Station
- Lees – remains Lees Station
- Hurdman – remains Hurdman Station
- Train – Tremblay Station
- St. Laurent – remains St. Laurent
- Cyrville – remains Cyrville Station
- Blair – remains Blair Station
Station names have been recommended using OC Transpo’s naming procedure which outlines how names are most often used by users:
- to identify where the station is located as they plan how to reach the transit system,
- to identify where they are as the bus or train pulls into the station, and
- to identify where the bus or train they are boarding is headed.
The recommended names aim to accomplish these needs by using easily understood geographic locations. Names also need to work in both official languages and be easily understood on the next-stop announcement system.
Did you know? In Ottawa, there are currently 51 rapid transit stations, and 50 of them have geographic names. Across Canada, in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, 97% of rapid transit stations have geographic names.
For more information on station names visit OC Transpo: http://www.octranspo1.com/routes/o_train_new_stations
Ottawa, 17 May 2013 – Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean and Phil McNeely, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans today...
May 17, 2013
Province and City Celebrate Start of Highway 417 Expansion Work
Ottawa, 17 May 2013 – Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean and Phil McNeely, MPP for Ottawa-Orléans today joined His Worship, Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa and members of City Council to officially break ground on the expansion of Highway 417 from Nicholas Street to Ottawa Road 174.
This $206-million project will improve road safety along the Highway 417 and at the Highway 417 Ottawa Road 174 split and add much needed capacity to the Queensway. Originally planned as a Ministry of Transportation of Ontario project, this work is now being done by the City of Ottawa to coordinate with the $2.1 billion Confederation Line Light Rail Transit Project.
The City of Ottawa is boosting the $206-million investment from the Province with an additional $20 million to provide transit priority measures to allow the use of the new lanes by buses during the construction of the Confederation Line. These lanes will replace the eastern portion of the Transitway while it is being converted to Light Rail between 2015 and 2018.
“Fixing the split will erase a major headache for Ottawa commuters. Ontario is proud to fund this project and to partner with the City to support building the Confederation Lane at the same time,” said Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli.
“This project, tied into the LRT project, will provide the Split improvement and the widening of Highway 417 that residents from Orléans need for their commutes to jobs moving west,” said MPP McNeely.
“This project will provide countless benefits to residents, especially east end commuters,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “By starting this work in conjunction with Confederation Line construction, we are making a smart investment in infrastructure renewal and increasing road capacity and mobility when we need it the most.”
The City of Ottawa encourages residents to use public transit during the construction period. Eleven additional bus trips have been added for commuters in the east end during the morning peak period, as well as 12 additional trips from the downtown in the evening. Residents should also consider alternate routes, carpooling, working from home or shifting their travel times out of peak periods to minimize the impacts of construction..
The Highway 417 Expansion Project will add an additional lane in each direction, between Nicholas Street and Ottawa Road 174. This work includes rapid bridge replacements at Lees Avenue, Vanier Parkway and Belfast Road, widening and rehabilitation works at the Central and East Transitway as well as St. Laurent Boulevard, and construction of a new pedestrian overpass connecting Train Station with Ottawa Stadium and the Overbrook community. Construction on the project will be completed by summer 2015. For further information please visit ottawa.ca.
The Confederation Line will result in a number of economic benefits for the City of Ottawa. As outlined...
May 15, 2013
Economic Impact of the Confederation Line
The Confederation Line will result in a number of economic benefits for the City of Ottawa. As outlined in 2012’s The Benefits of Light Rail, the project will generate real savings for the City and for taxpayers. The economic output from the light rail transit project is approximately $3.3 billion over a 30 year analysis period. These savings include $1.5 billion in time savings, $1.1 billion in vehicle operating costs and $400 million in accident avoidance.
The Confederation Line will also help invigorate Ottawa’s economy through the creation of new jobs. More than 20, 000 person-years of direct and indirect employment will be generated as a result of the LRT investment. New jobs in construction, operation and maintenance of the light rail system will keep workers busy in the coming years.
Once in service, Confederation Line will help the City’s economy become even more competitive and dynamic. Through the City’s Official Plan, and associated Community Design Plans, the City will use Confederation Line as a catalyst for the development of more populated mixed use communities that require less infrastructure per capita, reduce demand for road traffic and encourage walking, cycling and transit. This approach will reduce urban sprawl and help limit the costs of growth. It will also make the City a more attractive place for investors, employers and employees.
Confederation Line will make our City cleaner, more efficient, more prosperous and an even better place to live, work and play.
– Rail Implementation Office
Tunnel - West PortalSite preparation begins on the West Portal of the tunnel. Includes installation of site fencing, grading, area preparation and utility works...
April 25, 2013
Tunnel – West Portal
- Site preparation begins on the West Portal of the tunnel. Includes installation of site fencing, grading, area preparation and utility works
Maintenance & Storage Facility
- Official groundbreaking at Maintenance and Storage Facility
Ottawa, 19 Apr 2013 – Pre-construction work began today on the Confederation Line transit project with the City...
April 19, 2013
City kicks off construction of Confederation Line maintenance facility
Ottawa, 19 Apr 2013 – Pre-construction work began today on the Confederation Line transit project with the City of Ottawa officially handing over the site of the future maintenance and storage facility, a 16-hectare site on Belfast Road, to the Rideau Transit Group. Mayor Jim Watson, accompanied by Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Orléans, Madeleine Meilleur, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa–Vanier, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, City Councillors and Antonio Estrada, Chief Executive Officer, Rideau Transit Group were present for the occasion.
“Our government is proud to invest in the Confederation Line project. The start of preliminary construction work is great news for Ottawa,” said MP Galipeau. “This project will create jobs and economic growth in Ottawa and, once complete, the Confederation Line will cut commute times, reduce traffic congestion and result in cleaner air.”
“Investing in public transit is essential to our future prosperity,” said Madeleine Meilleur, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier. “The Ontario government’s investment in the Confederation Line is an excellent example of how transit infrastructure projects can help build our communities and our economy.”
“Today is an exciting milestone for the Confederation Line project. This site currently houses aging storage structures but will soon be replaced with a state-of-the-art facility that will host the assembly, maintenance and operations of our new Confederation Line trains,” said Mayor Watson. “Today is the start of the most important construction effort in our city’s history. The pace of activity surrounding the Confederation Line project is increasing with construction sites across the city beginning over the coming months.”
As part of its winning proposal, the Rideau Transit Group will build a world-class Centre of Excellence for vehicle assembly, maintenance and operations which will generate 100 jobs during the construction period. Once in service it will employ 50 permanent skilled trade workers and professionals.
“Rideau Transit Group is fully committed to the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project. We will be strong community partners for at least the next 35 years,” said Antonio Estrada, Chief Executive Officer, Rideau Transit Group. “I can tell you that we are very excited to begin the work in earnest. We are committed to ensuring we mitigate the impact of works on mobility and provide timely updates as we begin to ramp up activity.”
Mayor Jim Watson and Antonio Estrada took part in the official handover of the maintenance and storage facility property. The first steps at the new site will be to demolish and recycle materials from the existing buildings wherever possible. Work will then begin to build the base for the new maintenance yard and train yard.
The maintenance and storage facility is expected to be complete by 2015. Operational testing of the Confederation Line will commence in 2017 and full service will occur in spring 2018.
Funding for the Confederation Line is being provided by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Ottawa. The Government of Canada is contributing $600 million through the Building Canada Fund. The City will also allocate up to $161.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to this project. The Government of Ontario is contributing up to $600 million. In addition, the City will allocate $287 million of Provincial Gas Tax funding to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.
In July 2011 the City Treasurer reported that the transit component of the City’s Transportation Master Plan, including...
April 15, 2013
Affordability of the Confederation Line
In July 2011 the City Treasurer reported that the transit component of the City’s Transportation Master Plan, including the Confederation Line, is affordable and that the City has sufficient capacity to take on a project of this size.
These conclusions stem from the City Treasurer’s Transit Long Range Financial Plan IV report which looked at all the capital and operating costs for delivering transit services for the next 37 years to ensure the resources are in place to construct, operate and maintain the system. The affordability of the Confederation Line project was considered within the context of all transit projects and operating costs, as they are all funded from the same revenue sources. These include an annual amount raised from taxation, transit fares, development charges and gas tax revenues.
Stress tests were also conducted to ensure the plan was affordable without increasing taxes beyond the inflationary target and without affecting the other critical capital envelopes. The analysis showed that the plan is affordable with the continued contributions from senior levels of government and with transit taxes and fares increasing at the rate of transit’s inflation. Transit Long Range Financial Plan IV further demonstrated that the plan would remain affordable even in the unlikely event that the City lost access to provincial and federal funding or if development revenues did not meet forecasts.
The other critical factor in affordability is operating costs. Here Confederation Line is a clear winner. Because the operating costs for Light Rail Transit are much lower per passenger than buses, Confederation Line will begin saving the City $16 million a year in its first year of service. This number will only increase as the City grows and as more residents begin to enjoy the comfort and convenience of Light Rail Transit.
– Rail Implementation Office
The genesis of the Confederation Line was the November 2008 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, in which the...
March 15, 2013
The Confederation Line – A Brief History
The genesis of the Confederation Line was the November 2008 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) update, in which the Council of the day identified the bottleneck of transit service in the downtown core as the City’s most pressing transit challenge. Council directed staff to pursue a rail plan that would provide a long term solution to the downtown bottleneck and set the foundation for development of a world-class transit network that would meet the City’s needs for generations to come.
The TMP launched the planning phase of the project. Extensive public consultations were undertaken, rail technologies examined, different track alignments evaluated and financial models reviewed to determine affordability. All of this work culminated in December 2009 with the Downtown Ottawa Transit Tunnel (DOTT) Planning and Environmental Assessment Study – Recommended Plan, which established the functional design of the project. Approved by the City’s Transit Committee in December 2009 and by City Council in January 2010, the functional design demonstrated the feasibility of a 12.5 kilometre, 13 station Light Rail Transit (LRT) alignment between Blair station in the east and Tunney’s Pasture station in the West with a $2.1 billion project cost estimate.
With Council approval of the plan secured, work now began to receive Federal and Provincial Environmental Assessment approvals and funding agreements for the project. In addition, the project entered a design phase known as Preliminary Engineering, in which the City contracted a local joint venture (Capital Transit Partners) to advance the design of the project in order to prepare for the procurement phase.
In August 2010, the City received the project’s Provincial Environmental Assessment approval, followed by contribution agreements for $600 million each from the Federal and Provincial governments.
In July 2011, the City presented Council with the Implementation of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Project report. Council approval of this report commenced the procurement phase of the project.
A Request-for-Qualifications was undertaken between July and October 2011 and shortlisted three world-class consortia to compete in the Request-for-Proposal (RFP) stage of procurement. The RFP was undertaken from October 2011 to October 2012 and, following the evaluation period, the Rideau Transit Group was presented to Council in December 2012 as the preferred consortia to Design, Build, Finance and Maintain the Confederation Line project. During this time (July 2012) the City also received approval of the Federal Environmental Assessment.
On December 19, 2012 Council voted unanimously to move forward with the Rideau Transit Group’s proposal and authorized staff to finalize the project contract. This was signed on February 14, 2013 and the Confederation Line has now entered the construction phase.
– Rail Implementation Office
Ottawa, 22 Feb 2013 — Mayor Jim Watson, accompanied by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ottawa—Orléans M.P. Royal Galipeau...
February 22, 2013
Mayor Watson welcomes Rideau Transit Group to Ottawa
Ottawa, 22 Feb 2013 — Mayor Jim Watson, accompanied by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ottawa—Orléans M.P. Royal Galipeau and local Members of Provincial Parliament, officially welcomed Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to Ottawa today.
Today’s ceremonial signing event officially signalled the end of the planning and negotiation phase. Elected leaders from all three levels of government met to officially pass the shovel to RTG’s senior leadership to signify the beginning of the initial construction activities. On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the City and RTG successfully concluded negotiations and achieved the Commercial and Financial close of the contract to design, build, finance and maintain Ottawa’s new Confederation Line light rail transit system.
Premier Kathleen Wynne, on her first official visit to Ottawa, was pleased to see the designs and details of the RTG plan. “Investing in public transit is fundamental to our future prosperity,” said Premier Wynne. “I am proud of the Ontario Government’s investment in Confederation Line, which is an excellent example of how transit infrastructure projects can help build our communities and our economy.”
Representing the Government of Canada, Ottawa—Orléans MP Royal Galipeau highlighted the city-wide benefits of the project. “The new east-west LRT corridor is an important job-creating project that will make public transit faster, safer and more convenient for workers in Ottawa. LRT will bring tremendous benefits to our City and the local economy, including thousands of new jobs, and we are pleased to see the project moving forward.”
Mayor Watson noted that RTG has already begun hiring local project staff. “The Confederation Line Project is going to give a big boost to Ottawa’s economy,” said Mayor Watson. “As we move into construction we can expect to see significant hiring, particularly in trades and skilled labour. The Confederation Line will provide many high quality full-time jobs during construction and will strengthen the City’s competitive advantage once completed.”
Gerry Grigoropoulos from the Rideau Transit Group noted that “Approximately 80% of all work will be completed locally. In addition, we will be developing educational opportunities and apprenticeships with local colleges and universities to improve local skill development. We are not only building a transit system we are building community partnerships that will last the next 35 years.”
Funding for the Confederation Line is being provided by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Ottawa. The Government of Canada is contributing $600 million through the Building Canada Fund. The City will also allocate up to $192 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to this project. The Government of Ontario is contributing $600 million. In addition, the City will allocate $287 million of Provincial Gas Tax receipts to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.