In a unanimous vote, Ottawa city council approved the 12.5-kilometre light-rail transit project, the biggest capital project in the city‘s history.
On Dec. 19, council endorsed the selection of the Rideau Transit Group, a consortium led by Toronto-based ACS Infrastructure, includes engineering firm SNC-Lavalin, construction company EllisDon Corp., Dragados Canada, Veolia Transportation Services and BBB Architects of Ottawa.
“Together we provided staff with clear direction that this project must be delivered on time and on budget. Working with our partners in Infrastructure Ontario, we have an impressive and comprehensive plan to get us there,” said Ottawa mayor Jim Watson.
The consortium will build the Confederation Line at a fixed capital price of $2.1 billion.
The Confederation Line will be the backbone of Ottawa’s new rail and rapid bus public transit system, with 13 rail stations.
The City will enter into a formal agreement with RTG to design, build, finance and maintain the LRT line from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station. With this in place, construction is expected to begin in late February, when RTG will begin widening Highway 417 between Nicholas Street and the 417/174 split. The two additional lanes being added will be used for express bus service while the Transitway is closed for LRT conversion.
The federal and provincial governments are each contributing $600 million, through the Building Canada Fund and direction grant contributions, respectively. The City will also allocate up to $192 million of its Federal Gas Tax fund receipts to this project. It will also allocate $287 million of its Provincial Gas Tax receipts to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.
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