Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in an email to city council members, said the city "is prepared to expand the scope" of an environmental assessment to determine whether a link to the airport is feasible. Such an assessment would proceed if a master plan is approved by the city council, local media report.
Watson cautioned, however, that any airport-rail link "cannot compromise" peak rail service for existing O-Train riders. City Deputy Manager Nancy Schepers has stated that a a direct link to the airport would jeopardize the city's goal of providing eight-minute headways.
Mark Laroche, president and CEO of the Ottawa International Airport Authority, said he's prepared to work with the city plan.
OC Transit's five-mile O-Train line opened in October 2001, and carries roughly 14,300 riders per weekday using Bombardier Talent diesel multiple-unit (DMU) equipment.
Ottawa's 7.75-mile Confederation Light Rail Transit line, now under construction, will provide connections with the O-Train at O-Train's Bayview Station when the new line's Alstom Citadis Spirit equipment – more streetcar than LRT vehicle – goes into service.