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Ottawa Light Rail

Postby lpetrich » Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:16 am

Ottawa selects Confederation Line light rail consortium - Railway Gazette
The Rideau Transit Group consortium has been selected as preferred bidder to design, build, finance and maintain the Confederation Line, a 12·5 km light rail route with 13 stations in Ottawa.

It should open by 2018.

Rail News - Ottawa council OKs Confederation Line light-rail project. For Railroad Career Professionals
The city will enter into a formal agreement with RTG to design, build and maintain the line from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station. Construction is expected to begin in late February with the widening of Highway 417 between Nicholas Street and 417/174 split. Two additional lanes are being added for express bus service while the transit way is closed for conversion to light rail.


The existing busway and O-Train lines: OC Transpo - Transitway Stations
Has this map (PDF)

The project's home page: Confederation Line
It will include a 2.5-km tunnel in downtown Ottawa with three stations, because of how congested the streets have gotten there.

Outside of downtown, the line will run in the Ottawa Transitway from Campus to Blair in the east and from LeBreton to Tunney's Pasture in the west, the more central parts of the Transitway system.
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Re: Ottawa Light Rail

Postby lpetrich » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:15 pm

O-Train is the system's official name. The existing line is now called the Trillium Line, and the new line is the Confederacy line. The Trillium Line is diesel, and the Confederacy Line will be electric.

From Welcome to OC Transpo: Expanding O-Train service, the new line will open this year. Ottawa Confederation Line has details of the construction of it.

Home - Stage 2 Ottawa has details on the further extensions.
  • Confederation: from Blair east to Trim
  • Confederation: from Tunney's Pasture east to Lincoln Fields
    • West to Moodie
    • South to Baseline
  • Trillium: from Greenboro south to South Keys
    • South to Bowesville
    • Southwest to Airport
The Confederacy Line will take over parts of the existing busways, and the remaining parts will connect to it.
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Re: Ottawa Light Rail

Postby NS VIA FAN » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:32 pm

lpetrich wrote:O-Train is the system's official name. The existing line is now called the Trillium Line, and the new line is the Confederacy line. .......

The word is “Confederation”...... the process by which the British Colonies were united into the Dominion of Canada.......and is used extensively in Canada in naming. i.e: Confederation Bridge, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Confederation Square, MV Confederation (ferry) etc

“Confederacy”....is a US term I believe for the Southern States in the Civil War.
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Re: Ottawa Light Rail

Postby lpetrich » Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:29 pm

Oops. I concede that that is a typo on my part. It's the breakaway Southern states that are the Confederacy.
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