Ottawa City Council approves Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project

March 7, 2019

On March 6, 2019,  Ottawa City Council approved the Stage 2 light-rail transit, allowing construction of the City’s O-Train network expansion to begin this year.

Stage 2 LRT is a transformative project that will expand the O-Train by 44 kilometres to the south, east and west, and add 24 new stations. The expansions will be completed in 2022, 2024 and 2025 respectively.

Stage 2 will extend the existing Trillium Line south from Greenboro Station to Riverside South, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. TransitNEXT is the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain the Trillium Line extension, which will add 16 kilometres of rail and eight stations in the south.

Stage 2 will also extend the Confederation Line farther east to Place D’Orléans and Trim Road and west to both Moodie Drive and Algonquin Station. East-West Connectors is the preferred proponent to design, build and finance the Confederation Line extension, which will add 12.5 kilometres of rail and five stations in the east and 15 kilometres of rail and 11 stations in the west.

Stage 2 is funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The total project cost is $4.6 billion. Council received a report on the long-range financial for public transit that concluded the Stage 2 project is affordable for the City.