Mar. 8, 2017

Ottawa Light Rail Transit - Confederation Line and Highway 417 Widening Project

Location: City of Ottawa

Project Type: DBFM - Design, Build, Finance and Maintain

Infrastructure Type: Transit

About the Project:

Infrastructure Ontario is working with the City of Ottawa to design, build, finance and maintain the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) - Confederation Line -- the first of several phases to implement light rail transit in the City of Ottawa.
The project also includes building and financing the widening of Highway 417.
The OLRT will be publicly owned; it will be integrated into the City of Ottawa's existing transit service, OC Transpo and will be aligned with the city's Transportation Master Plan.
The City of Ottawa will continue to set transit fare rates and customer service standards.

Infrastructure Ontario's Role

The City of Ottawa has engaged Infrastructure Ontario as a Commercial Procurement Advisor for the Ottawa LRT project. Infrastructure Ontario will provide advice to the City during the procurement phase, while the City leads the procurement and construction of the LRT project.


The OLRT project includes:

a 12.5-kilometre line along the existing Bus Route System (BRT) corridor from Blair Road in the east to Tunney's Pasture in the west
a tunnel through the downtown core
13 stations, including three underground stations

Community and Green Benefits

Increased reliability and comfort for passengers riding on the city's transit system.
Less traffic congestion, green house gases and fuel consumption.
A more pedestrian and cycling friendly downtown core.
Increased quality of life for commuters requiring less time for daily travel.
A reduced number of buses travelling through the downtown core.
Job creation during the design and construction phases of the project.