(via City of Ottawa)
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, John Fraser, Member of Provincial Parliament, Ottawa South, and Mayor Jim Watson visited the construction site for the future Tremblay Station, which showcases how progress on the O-Train Confederation Line LRT project remains on track, on time and on budget.
“Once completed, the O-Train Confederation Line will be one of the most advanced and innovative transit systems in North America and will serve as the foundation of the City of Ottawa’s planned citywide O-Train network,” said Minister Sohi. “This project will make transit more reliable and accessible for residents and visitors in the region and is a clear example of how all three levels of government are working together to provide better transportation options for Ottawa residents.”
“Construction on the O-Train Confederation Line continues to boost our economy and provide quality jobs. In total, this project will generate $3.2 billion in economic activity and over 20,000 person-years of employment. Once complete, the new system will support our commitment to providing more reliable and efficient transit choices for commuters in Ottawa,” said MPP Fraser.
“Tremblay will be one of the stations that best demonstrates the advantages of light rail in Ottawa,” said Mayor Watson. “It will improve multimodal connections in the city, benefitting both residents and visitors using the VIA Rail Station as a gateway to Ottawa. People will be able to get downtown more quickly and efficiently.”
Tremblay Station will be located west of the former Train Transitway Station and southwest of the existing D-ring road in front of the VIA Rail Station on Tremblay Road. Residents using this LRT station will also be able to easily access Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park (RCGT) and local businesses on either side of Highway 417 via the recently opened Coventry Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge.
Construction on Tremblay Station began in summer 2015 and is anticipated to be completed by end of winter 2017.
Features of the new station will include:
Covered eastbound and westbound platforms with in-floor heat tracing to prevent ice and snow accumulation
Passenger information displays on platforms for next train arrival time A covered pedestrian connection to the existing VIA Rail Station
A connection to existing multi-use pathways
A full range of accessibility features, including accessible benches, elevators, and tactile direction; indicator surfaces for ease of navigation
Sixteen bike racks located in prominent, well-lit locations
A public plaza on the south side of the LRT station entrance
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. 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 to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget 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. The route includes 13 stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel that will reduce congestion through the downtown core, and connects to the O-Train’s Trillium Line at Bayview Station. For more information, visit ottawa.ca/confederationline.