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Government funding for Ottawa urban rail projects

An artist’s impression of Blair, the easterly terminus of phase 1 of Ottawa’s Confederation line that is due to open in 2018. (Credit: City of Ottawa)

On 27 July the Canadian Government announced federal funding of up to CAD1bn (EUR700m) for Stage 2 of the Trillium and Confederation line projects in Ottawa. This represents one-third of the estimated cost.

Approved by the city in 2013, Stage 2 covers a southern extension of the diesel-operated Trillium LRT line – operated by Alstom Coradia Lint DMUs that entered service in March – as well as eastern and western extensions of the under-construction Confederation low-floor light rail line. Completion of all projects sections is envisaged for 2023 to bring 70% of Ottawa residents within 5km (3.1 miles) of an urban rail service.

The recently upgraded Trillium line is double in length with an 8km (five miles), five-station extension south from Greenboro to Bowesville on a single-track alignment with passing loops.

The eastern extension of the Confederation Line would run for 10km from Blair to Place d’Orléans with four stops. At the western end of the line, a 13km (eight-mile) extension would reach from Tunney’s to Bayshore with ten additional stops.

For more detail on Ottawa’s urban rail plans see TAUT 933.