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Stage 2

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Stage 2 - Overview

Stage 2 will change the way we move around Ottawa. Think about it: 44 kilometres of rail and 24 new stations. That means shorter commutes, cleaner air, and a stronger economy.

You will be able to get on a train as far east as Trim Road, travel traffic-free through the downtown tunnel, and arrive as far west as Algonquin College or Moodie. If you’re coming from the south, Stage 2 will extend the existing O-Train Trillium Line to Riverside South, while adding stations along the way at Walkley and Gladstone, along with a link that will take you all the way to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

Map of Stage 2 LRT Alignment

The Stage 2 LRT project was approved unanimously by Ottawa City Council in 2013. We plan to start construction in 2019. Upon completion in 2023, Stage 2 will bring 70% of residents within five kilometres of rail.

We need to stay ahead of the gridlock being experienced in other cities. With Ottawa projected to grow to 1.14 million people by 2031, we need to make sure the nation’s capital continues to be one of the best places in the world to live and work.

For more information on the Stage 2 LRT Project, please visit


100 Day Working Group

On Friday, March 6, 2015, the City and the National Capital Commission (NCC) Working Group announced the details of an agreement in principle that would allow a portion of the City's Confederation Line West extension be fully buried under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. This integrated transit solution meets the NCC's criteria, while protecting the Byron Linear Park and meeting the City of Ottawa's affordability requirements.

The identification of a solution for this portion of the Confederation Line West extension is an important component of the City's Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) plans, which would ultimately add 19 new stations and 30 kilometres of rail farther east, west and south of the City by 2023 subject to partner funding.

Running under the realigned west and eastbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between Dominion and Cleary stations, implementing this solution would result in:

  • The existing lanes of traffic re-instated closer together and directly above the fully buried rail line in order to create a new stacked transportation corridor to maximize the amount of contiguous greenspace through the corridor and along the waterfront
  • The restoration of lands and landscaping elements
  • Development of a park of national significance along the water's edge
  • Retention and enhancement of the mature forest
  • Additional enhanced pathways with two new crossings under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway into the future linear park
  • An eventual reduction of nearly 500,000 bus trips annually on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
  • 38 per cent more usable shoreline parkland

100 Day Working Group Proposed Alignment [ PDF 3.546 MB ]
100 Day Working Group Proposed Alignment – Greenspace [ PDF 3.219 MB ]
Open Space Concept [ PDF 4.935 MB ]
Memorandum of Understanding [ PDF 1.490 MB ]

The public consultation component on the 100 Day process is now closed.

As we continue to move forward in the planning process, we encourage you to keep up to date on the latest Stage 2 rail developments by subscribing to our project e-newsletter. Also, you can send us questions or comments at

Approved as part of the City's 2013 Transportation Master Plan, Stage 2 rail is a package of three extensions that represent the next phase of rail rapid transit investment in Ottawa. By 2023, Stage 2 will add a total of 30 kilometres of rail and 19 new stations to the O-Train system from Bayshore to Place d'Orléans, and south to Bowesville at Riverside South.

Jana Trembinski-Milburn
Stage 2 Office
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424, ext. 12854

Nelson Edwards
Transportation Planning
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424, ext. 21290