The first stage of Ottawa’s new LRT system will open soon. Next, the City plans to extend LRT farther east, west and south. Let’s get on board with Stage 2 LRT.


Stage 2 will change the way we move around Ottawa. Think about it: 44 kilometres of rail and 24 new stations. That means shorter commutes, cleaner air, and a stronger economy.

You will be able to get on a train as far east as Trim Road, travel traffic-free through the downtown tunnel, and arrive as far west as Algonquin College or Moodie. If you’re coming from the south, Stage 2 will extend the existing O-Train Trillium Line to Riverside South, while adding stations along the way at Walkley and Gladstone, along with a link that will take you all the way to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

The Stage 2 LRT project was approved unanimously by Ottawa City Council in 2013. We plan to start construction in 2019. Upon completion in 2023, Stage 2 will bring 70% of residents within five kilometres of rail.

We need to stay ahead of the gridlock being experienced in other cities. With Ottawa projected to grow to 1.14 million people by 2031, we need to make sure the nation’s capital continues to be one of the best places in the world to live and work.

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Stage 2 LRT will … Get you home faster. Stage 2 will expand the reliability, accessibility and comfort of light rail transit. Using world-class vehicles with low-floor seating and other accessibility features, and stations supporting transit-oriented development, Stage 2 will transform commuting in Ottawa.

Connect communities. Stage 2 will connect Ottawa’s major employment centres, post-secondary institutions, shopping and recreation destinations, arts and culture hotspots, and bring over 70 per cent of residents within five kilometres of rail transit.

Relieve congestion. By providing a comfortable and reliable alternative to driving, Stage 2 will take up to 14,000 cars off the road during rush hour. Stage 2 will reduce the number of buses on the roads, eliminating 450,000 annual trips on the Sir John A Macdonald Parkway alone.

Save you time and money. Stage 2 will save commuters $7.1 billion in commuting costs over a 25-year period, including $1.7 billion in vehicle operating costs, $4.8 billion in time savings, and $600 million in accident avoidance.

Reduce emissions from cars and buses. Stage 2 will reduce Greenhouse Gases by 110,000 tonnes and contaminants such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and sulphur oxides by 3,000 tonnes over a 25-year period.

Create jobs and local investment. The Confederation Line LRT project has already resulted in over $360 million in contracts to local companies. Stage 2 of LRT is projected to generate 21,000 person-years of employment and an economic impact of $4.5 billion.

Support healthy commuting. Stage 2 will give more residents more choices for how they commute, including biking to work. As Ontario’s only Gold Level Bicycle-Friendly community, Ottawa is invested in integrating the city’s pathway network with all light rail developments in support of mixed-mode commuting.

44 kilometres of new rail

24 new stations

% of Ottawa residents living within 5km of rail transit

70% of Ottawa residents living within 5km of rail transit

14000 fewer vehicles on the road at rush hour

14 000 fewer vehicles on the road at rush hour

person years of employment created

person-years of employment created

9.9& increase in transit ridership

percent increase in transit ridership

110,000 tonnes reduction of greenhouse gasses over 25 years

greenhouse gasses reduced (over 25 years)

The projected cost of Stage 2 is approximately $3 billion, with each level of government being asked to contribute to the total funding package.

Like virtually every major rail project in Canada, the success of Stage 2 will depend on a partnership between our municipal, provincial and federal governments. This is similar to the partnership for the Confederation Line O-Train that is currently under construction.

Stage 2 will connect more people and places across Ottawa. Stage 2 will take riders to:

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Work – connecting riders to employment nodes at Tunney’s Pasture, Pinecrest, Morrison Drive, Baxter Road, Centrepointe, Canotek Park, Taylor Creek, Orléans Town Centre, Carling and Confederation Heights.

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School – connecting riders to the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College and La Cité.

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Shopping – connecting riders to Bayshore, Lincoln Fields, Rideau, St. Laurent, and Place d’Orléans centres, as well as shopping destinations such as Westboro, Pinecrest, Hintonburg/West Wellington, and South Keys

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Play – connecting riders to cultural and recreation destinations like the National Arts Centre, the revitalized Arts Court, Rideau Canal, Westboro Beach and the Capital Pathway system


Stage 2 of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit


Community and business leaders across the city have recognized the value of an extended light rail transit system. Here is what they are saying.


You too can be a champion of Stage 2 LRT. Spread the word about Stage 2 by sharing this website with your networks. Sign up for updates to keep up to date with the project. And provide feedback for consideration as the project moves forward.

If you’re a community organizer who would like to be involved, send us an email.