• City and LRT partners install last piece of rail of O-Train Confederation Line

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean, to secure the final piece of track on the O-Train Confederation Line.

    Participating dignitaries began the event by paying tribute to Canada’s history. Standing in front of the iconic 1885 image showing the driving of the last spike for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Mayor honoured the past while looking forward to the city’s transit future. Attendees then boarded the train at Tremblay Station and travelled along the track and into the downtown tunnel of one of the most advanced Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in North America. Once inside the tunnel, officials hammered rail clips to secure the final piece of rail into position. The installation took place a few hundred metres west of the uOttawa Station.

    Beginning in June 2013, the Transitway from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair was closed to bus traffic in segments in order to convert the roadway to LRT track. Installing the last piece of track on the 12.5 km Confederation Line marks a major milestone for the project. The completion of track construction, as well as ongoing testing and commissioning activities, means OC Transpo’s Electric Rail Operators and many other key staff members will get first-hand experience operating the entire system from one end to the other in the near future. Work continues on the 13 LRT stations between Tunney’s Pasture in the west and Blair in the east, as the Rideau Transit Group works toward handing the system over to the City later this year.

    For more information on the O-Train Confederation Line, please visit OC Transpo’s Ready for Rail web section at octranspo.com/ready4rail.

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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    Quotes

    “The excitement continues to build as we get closer to completing the city’s largest infrastructure project since the building of the Rideau Canal. Today’s milestone demonstrates the constant progress that is being made on this transit project, which will truly transform our city.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “As the future of public transportation in Ottawa draws closer, I am happy to celebrate this important milestone. The laying of the last piece of track for the O-Train Confederation Line highlights a very exciting time for the city. When the line opens, it will help riders move around quickly and efficiently, curbing emissions and providing a world-class transit system.”
    Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

    “Today we are here to celebrate a very important milestone for the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project. When the O-Train Confederation Line opens it will help manage congestion, curb emissions and improve travel for people across this region. Ottawa’s LRT initiatives represent the single largest investment any provincial government has made to support Ottawa public transit.
    The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean

    Quick facts

    • The cost of the project is $2.13 billion, jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.
    • The Confederation Line is 12.5 km in length.
    • It contains 13 stations from Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east.
    • It contains four underground stations including Lyon, Parliament and Rideau in the downtown core, and St-Laurent in the east.
    • Total length of the track, including the Belfast Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) Connector track and yard, is 33 km.
      • O-Train Confederation Line is 25 km
      • MSF Connector is 1.3 km
      • MSF Yard is 6.7 km
    • 169,940 rail clips were used across the entire alignment.

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  • City unveils 40 winning names for O-Train vehicles

    Today at Ben Franklin Place, Mayor Jim Watson, Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais, Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, and Transportation Services General Manager John Manconi announced the Name the Trains Contest winning submissions and presented certificates to Ottawa’s next generation of O-Train riders. The certificates were presented to children and youth who submitted the chosen names for the six O-Train Trillium Line train cars and the 34 O-Train Confederation Line train cars.

    The young winners had the opportunity to meet OC Owl, talk with Electric Light Rail Operator Instructors, and were treated to a pizza party after the presentation ceremony. Each winner also received two golden tickets for the inaugural ride on the O-Train Confederation Line when it launches later this year.

    The names were submitted through the Name the Trains Contest, which was open to children and youth 16 years of age and under. The contest ran from November 5 to December 8, 2017. The City received almost two thousand entries.

    The names submitted reflect Ottawa’s and Canada’s historical figures, arts, our military history, as well as honour Indigenous peoples.

    Trillium Line train cars

    • Nanuq • Polar Bear
    • Northern Lights
    • Rocket Richard
    • Dreamcatcher Emily Murphy
    • Portage

    Confederation Line train cars

    • The Canada Goose
    • Farley Mowat
    • Gord Downie
    • Inuksuk
    • John McCrae
    • Logdriver • Draveur
    • Lord Stanley
    • Louis Riel
    • Majestic Moose
    • Odawa
    • Poppy
    • Snowbird
    • Bluenose
    • Boreal
    • Jacques Cartier
    • Juno
    • Nathan Cirillo
    • Normandy Samuel de Champlain
    • Thomas D’Arcy McGee
    • Totem
    • Tundra
    • Wagosh • Fox
    • Acadia
    • Agnes Macphail
    • Amik • Beaver
    • Bertha Wilson
    • Billy Bishop
    • Eh-Train
    • Henrietta Edwards
    • Maple Taffy
    • The Mountie
    • George Brown

    For more information on the O-Train Confederation Line, please visit OC Transpo’s Ready for Rail web section at octranspo.com/ready4rail.

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    Quotes

    “The O-Train Confederation Line will change the way people move and travel in Ottawa, whether it’s to go to school, work or play. Light rail transit will be the preferred method of travel for generations to come. It’s only fitting that the transit riders of tomorrow help shape the identity of the trains that will be a part of their daily lives.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “The creativity of these children and youth is truly amazing, as is their knowledge of Ottawa and Canada’s history. They’ve obviously done their homework to come up with so many meaningful names from our past. I commend them on their submissions. The City of Ottawa will be proud to put them on our trains.”
    Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair, Transit Commission

    “The addition of the Confederation Line will add another sustainable transportation choice for the children and youth of today. They will grow up with more options for how to get around that will help them become less reliant on traditional modes of transportation. These trains are part of their future and I’m happy to see them take such an active role in that future.”
    Councillor Keith Egli, Chair, Transportation Committee

    Quick facts

    • The O-Train Confederation Line is a $2.13 billion light rail transit project that is jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.
      • 13 stations
      • 12.5 kilometres from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair
      • 2.5 kilometre tunnel under the downtown core with three underground stations
      • 34 Alstom Citadis Spirit electric train cars
      • Trains will arrive every five minutes or less at peak times
      • Less than 25 minutes to travel between Tunney’s Pasture and Blair
      • 600 passengers per two-car train
    • The O-Train Trillium Line began operation in October 2001 and carries an average of 14,000 passengers each weekday.
      • 5 stations
      • 8 kilometres from Greenboro to Bayview
      • 600 metre tunnel under Dows Lake
      • 6 Alstom Coradia LINT diesel train cars
      • 12-minute service at most times
      • 16 minutes to travel between Greenboro and Bayview
      • 260 passengers per each train set

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  • Vehicle testing marks next big milestone for O-Train Confederation Line

    Ottawa – A major milestone in the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit (LRT) project was celebrated today 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.

    David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, along with other dignitaries from all levels of government, participated in a photo opportunity with the LRV in celebration of this milestone.

    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 Government of Canada is contributing $600 million and the Province of Ontario 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 this project and $287 million of provincial gas tax transfers. The remaining project funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.

    The Rideau Transit Group is the private sector partner responsible for this 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. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will reduce congestion through the downtown core.

    Quotes

    “The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with all orders of government to support infrastructure projects that create jobs and help the middle class grow and prosper. The O-Train Confederation Line will transform how people get where they need to go safely and efficiently, and I am pleased to see how well the project is moving ahead thanks to the tremendous effort by all involved.”
    David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

    “This is great news for the City of Ottawa – we are one step closer to delivering an efficient and world-class transit option for commuters. Construction on the O-Train Confederation Line project supports our objectives of developing an integrated transportation network across Ontario that will help manage congestion, connect people to jobs and improve the economy and our quality of life.”
    The Honourable Steven Del Duca, Provincial Minister of Transportation

    “Today’s milestone is significant as the first light rail vehicle assembled in Ottawa undergoes testing, demonstrating that we are on track to delivering a first-class transit system to our residents in 2018. This is a celebration of all the work that has taken place to date and is a glimpse of the future of transit for our city.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick Facts

    • 33 of 34 Alstom CITADIS light rail vehicles (LRVs) are being assembled at the Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF), located on Belfast Road.
    • Vehicle and system testing began this fall and will continue up until the launch of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018.
    • One of the initial tests is related to dynamic envelope testing where foam pads are affixed to the vehicle as it runs along the alignment – powered by the Overhead Catenary System (OCS) – to ensure that adequate clearances are maintained from overhead wires, OCS poles, tree branches etc.
    • Residents will see rail vehicles travelling varying distances for testing purposes with no passengers on board.
    • Residents are reminded to stay off the tracks and not to trespass on the alignment, as energized OCS and moving vehicles are hazardous.
    • Vehicle movements will continue at low speeds between Blair and Cyrville stations to enable testing of the functions of various components of the vehicle and systems.
    • Some of the final panels and markings on vehicles will be added in the later stages of testing.
    • Testing will be ongoing as required until 2018, giving residents many opportunities to see the vehicles on the test track (Blair Station to just east of Tremblay Station) initially, and later along the whole alignment.
    • Approximately 100 jobs have been created in Ottawa for the assembly of LRVs.

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