Approved as part of the City's 2013Transportation Master Plan, Stage 2 LRT is a package of three rail extensions that together represent the next phase of rail rapid transit investment in Ottawa.
This Stage 2 LRT package will:
- Expand the O-Train system, the City's overall Light Rail Transit (LRT) network farther to the east, west and the south and specifically:
- West to Bayshore Station (Confederation Line West Extension) and southwest to Baseline Station
- East to Place d'Orléans Station (Confederation Line East Extension)
- South to Riverside South at Bowesville (Trillium Line Extension)
- Build on the current Trillium Line and the future Confederation Line - the backbone of the City's O-Train system – which is currently under construction and anticipated to open in 2018.
- Bring close to 70 per cent of the City's population within five kilometres of rail transit by 2023 –nearly doubling the amount of residents who will be within five kilometres of rail.
- Add 30 kilometres of new rail and 19 new stations to Ottawa's transit system.
- Reduce travel times, improve productivity, and contain transportation costs. By attracting new riders, and becoming the first transportation choice for many during peak and off peak hours, this plan is key to helping the City reach its targets for increasing the use of sustainable transportation options like transit.
- Link communities and connect residents to destinations across the City, including our major post-secondary institutions, retail centres (major malls including Bayshore, Rideau Centre, St. Laurent, Place d'Orléans, South Keys), employment nodes, as well as a broad range of recreational and cultural opportunities including parks, the Canal, museums and various other institutions.
Environmental Assessment studies are underway for each of the rail extensions east, west and south. Additional information on each of these studies, including upcoming open house information and next steps, can be found at the following links: