Ottawa, Ontario, Canada’s National Capitol, regained an electric rail transit system when its eight-mile crosstown Confederation Line opened to revenue passengers on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. The line’s name reflected the original hope of opening the service in 2017, the 150th anniversary of Canada becoming a nation. Somewhat ironically, it was 60 years ago, 1959, that the city’s streetcars were abandoned.
Rideau Transit Group
The consortium building Ottawa’s light rail transit (LRT) Confederation Line says it will finish construction work in the first quarter of 2019, and expects to turn the project over to the city by March 31.
The city of Ottawa and Rideau Transit Group Partnership (RTG) have extended existing contractual arrangements under a new agreement for Stage 2 of the Confederation Line.
RIDEAU Transit Group (RTG) has awarded Alstom a $C 300m ($US 227m) contract to supply 38 Citadis Spirit low-floor LRVs for the Stage 2 O-Train light rail expansion project in Ottawa, Ontario, which received federal funding on June 16.
Ottawa’s O-Train Confederation Line LRT project attained a major milestone on Dec. 2 as the first of 34 Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs began testing on the line segment between Blair and Cyrville stations, during a ceremonial launch.
A mock-up of the forthcoming Alstom Citadis Spirit low-floor LRV for Ottawa’s Confederation Line was unveiled Thursday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2015, by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Orléans Royal Galipeau, and Ontario’s provincial transport minister, Steven Del Duca.