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Ottawa LRT cruises past halfway mark

DCN News Service
Ottawa LRT cruises past halfway mark

OTTAWA—With construction now past the half-way mark on Ottawa’s $2.1-billion O-Train Confederation Line LRT, officials from three levels of government, including the federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi, stopped by on Jan. 13 to declare work on time and on budget.

The 12.5-kilometre electric light rail line will provide rapid transit between Blair Station in the east and Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that is intended to reduce congestion through the downtown core, and connects to the O-Train’s Trillium Line at Bayview Station.

Construction began in summer 2013 and is anticipated to be completed by 2018.

The project is being managed as a public-private partnership with the Rideau Transit Group serving as project manager. Members of the consortium include ACS Infrastructure Canada, SNC-Lavalin and EllisDon.

The Confederation Line is being jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The Government of Canada is contributing $600 million. The City of Ottawa will also allocate up to $161.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to this project, and $287 million of provincial gas tax transfers to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.

The City of Ottawa estimates that the construction activity will generate $3.2 billion in economic activity and over 20,000 person-years of employment.

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