Author: John Thompson

Edmonton Valley Line Southeast Opens

Edmonton, the provincial capital of Alberta, finally welcomed its first passengers on the much-delayed Phase One of the Valley LRT project, on Saturday, Nov. 4. The eight-mile Valley Line Southeast is notable

Major Changes to Hamilton LRT

Major changes were announced Nov. 16 to the Metrolinx/Hamiltion Street Railway light rail project that could save well over C$100 million of the project’s cost.


SS Keewatin: Requiem for a CP Steamship

A survivor of Canadian Pacific’s once vast marine operations has received a new home in Kingston, Ontario. The ship is the SS Keewatin, built in 1907, making it one of the oldest

Concrete Cracks Delay Edmonton LRT Extension

The much-delayed Edmonton Southeast Valley LRT Line project in Edmonton, Alberta has suffered a major construction delay that will likely delay its public opening to an indefinite date in 2023, well past the most recent tentative date of July 29, 2022.

Metrolinx On the Move

RAILWAY AGE, AUGUST 2022 ISSUE: Despite a few bumps in the road, Metrolinx is making progress on four light rail transit projects in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.

A westbound OC Transpo train approaches Bayview Station on Line 1 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo: Courtesy, City of Ottawa)

Ottawa LRT Projects Advancing

Work is progressing on the two extensions to Ottawa, Ontario’s crosstown Confederation LRT Line, opened in 2019. A third major rail transit project currently under way in the Ottawa area is extending and upgrading the DMU Trillium Line. Scheduled for completion in 2023, this improvement should significantly boost ridership.

An electric powered GO train moves across a bridge, in this artist rendering. (Metrolinx image)

GO Expansion Program Procurement Advances

ONxpress Transportation Partners (ONTP) has been identified by Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx as the First Negotiations Proponent to design, build, operate and maintain GO Transit’s 25-year Rail Expansion Program in the Greater Toronto Area. The project would involve transforming much of GO’s network into a system that will ultimately offer bidirectional all-day service.

Canadian Transit Update: Edmonton and Ontario

Work is progressing fairly satisfactorily on Edmonton, Alberta’s eight-mile Valley Line LRT, the city’s first low-floor operation. Meanwhile, LRV deliveries to major LRT projects in Ontario are proceeding more or less on schedule.