Construction Update

March is shaping up to be another busy month with various testing and commissioning activities planned across the Confederation Line.  We’ll continue providing construction updates in our weekly newsletter with a focus on finishing works happening at each of the stations.  Please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] if you have questions about the project.

Tunney's Pasture Station - platform

Activities Across the Alignment Construction Update

Tunney’s Pasture, Bayview and Pimisi Stations are undergoing final touch-ups including installation of siding, exterior lighting, and decals. Stations along the eastern alignment, including Lees, Hurdman, Tremblay, St-Laurent, Cyrville and Blair Station, are undergoing final architectural finishes. The public art ceiling installation at Parliament Station is progressing, while lighting and lantern installations continue. Rideau Station is undergoing similar final touch-ups, including signage, lighting, tiling and ongoing electrical work. 

Vehicle Inspections Acceptance - MSF

Train Testing

Testing and commissioning activities are ongoing. In the coming weeks, end-to-end train testing will continue, while stations’ systems testing is ongoing. Final testing of the communication systems such as the electronic passenger information displays and the final camera positioning is underway. OC Transpo’s Electric Rail Operator training also continues.

uOttawa Station - fare gates

Winter Operations

The operational approach for winter weather conditions is currently being enhanced for improved reliability. This includes improvements based on lessons learned for general winter procedures, snow clearing capabilities and switch heater performance. Winter operating plans have been modified based on recent weather conditions experienced in Ottawa; more equipment is being acquired and additional resources are being put on winter maintenance activities.

Lyon Station - entrance

This Week’s Ready for Rail Theme: 360-Degree Tour of LRT Train

OC Transpo’s Ready for Rail 360-degree tour of a light rail vehicle is now available online at; this virtual tour will let transit customers familiarize themselves with train features in preparation for the opening of O-Train Line 1, Confederation Line.

This innovative tool is an opportunity to showcase elements of the train through a self-guided tour, as if you were exploring the train in person.

The tour provides you with a first look at your transit journey including the panoramic windows, high visibility grab bars and cooperative seating areas.   You can check it out online at

Upcoming Construction Activities

The following construction activities are planned for the coming weeks:

  • Ongoing vehicle testing and practice running
  • Safety Auditor sign-off
  • Installation of public art at Tremblay Station – mid-March