How will it happen?
Building a $2.13 billion transit system, with a 2.5-km tunnel beneath the downtown core, is no small task. Making sure that Ottawa keeps moving during construction and minimizing disruption to residents and businesses has been a critical element in the planning of the Confederation Line and the selection of the Rideau Transit Group as its project team.
How will Ottawa keep moving?
Even with optimal construction staging, the Confederation Line is too big of a project not to have an impact on how we commute. How are the City of Ottawa and RTG working to limit these impacts?
Continuing Bus Rapid Transit
The Highway 417 widening project was designed to allow buses to use a bus-only lane on the highway while the eastern Transitway is close to be converted to light rail. Scott/Albert streets were also widened to divert the buses off the western Transitway so track and station work could commence there as well.
Building Cycling Networks
Supporting Smart Commuting
How about the tunnel?
The largest single undertaking of the Confederation Line project, construction of the downtown tunnel has been carefully planned to minimize disruption to residents and businesses wherever possible.
No Tunnel Boring
Out of Sight.
How will the project stay on time and budget?
The Confederation Line combines the benefits of alternative financing and procurement (AFP) and design, build, finance, maintain (DBFM) models to limit financial risks to the City of Ottawa and ensure the on-time construction of a quality project.
An innovative approach to financing and procuring major public infrastructure projects, AFP:
- Combines funding from multiple levels of government to spread cost
- Transfers financial risks to private sector partners as condition of contract
- Encourages innovation, rigor and accountability for all partners
The DBFM model means Rideau Transit Group provides a fixed cost not only for the initial build, but also for 30 years of maintenance. This model results in:
- Five years of construction with financial incentives tied to on-time completion.
- A quality build – since the constructor will also be tasked to maintain the system.
- Strong motivation for quality maintenance of the system over the long-term
The Rideau Transit Group also has a strong record of completing major infrastructure projects on time and on budget.
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.