OTTAWA — The O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project celebrated a major milestone Dec. 2 as the first light rail vehicle (LRV) assembled in Ottawa began testing on the track between Blair and Cyrville stations.
Vehicle testing along the alignment from Blair Station to Tunney's Pasture will continue until the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018, states a City of Ottawa release.
All 13 stations on the line are now under construction, particularly in the east, states the project's website.
Rideau Transit Group is the private sector partner responsible for the first stage in Ottawa's future rail network. 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 and will connect to the O-Train's Trillium Line at Bayview Station, adds the release. The route also includes a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will reduce congestion through the downtown core.
The O-Train Confederation Line is a $2.1-billion project that is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.
The federal government is contributing $600 million and the provincial government is contributing up to $600 million. The City of Ottawa will also allocate up to $161.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to the project and $287 million of provincial gas tax transfers. The remaining project funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.
David McGuinty, MP for Ottawa South, Steven Del Duca, Ontario minister of transportation and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson along with other dignitaries took part in a celebration to mark the milestone.