Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean, to announce provincial funding for the proposed O-Train Trillium Line extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to Limebank Road as part of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
The Province of Ontario is committing $50 million to fund the anticipated $80M cost of the 3.4 kilometre extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to a new terminus station approximately 200 metres west of Limebank Road in the future Riverside South Town Centre community. Provincial funding will support capital costs, including an additional train required to service the extension. The City is also finalizing details with the Riverside South Development Corporation, a partnership between Urbandale Corporation and Richcraft, to implement a privately supported area-specific development charge that would raise the additional funding required to implement this extension. The Province’s financial contribution is in addition to the more than $1 billion contribution to the fully funded O-Train Trillium Line and Confederation Line extensions that are proceeding as part of the Stage 2 LRT Project. This is the single largest investment any provincial government has made to support public transit in Ottawa.
When the Stage 2 Trillium Line enters revenue service in 2021, it will use high efficiency diesel powered Stadler FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) vehicles. These trains are 80 metres in length and are approximately double the passenger capacity of the current Trillium Line vehicles. The Stadler FLIRT meets the highest rated international environmental and performance standards for its class of vehicle and offers the potential for future electric conversion. In addition, the FLIRT model will have four doors for passenger boarding, further supporting AODA compliance and providing an improved customer experience.
Extending the Trillium Line to Limebank Road integrates LRT within the heart of Riverside South, fostering higher transit adoption rates, efficient land use, and helping reduce north/south traffic congestion by providing reliable public transit options. With LRT offering peak commute times that can compete with car trips, more people will choose LRT as a first transportation option.
An addendum to the Trillium Line Environmental Assessment will be filed with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) this June. A connectivity study for Limebank Station will occur as part of the Riverside South Community Design Plan update, anticipated to take place later this year.
The Trillium Line extension is one of the three extensions in Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project. In the south, the Trillium Line will be expanded to reach Limebank Station, with a link to the Ottawa International Airport by 2021. In the east, the Confederation Line will extend to Trim Road by 2022. In the west, the Confederation Line will extend to Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.
Once completed, Stage 2 will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail, with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span 64 kilometres and include 42 stations.
“We have a responsibility to build the infrastructure that Ontario needs to maintain a strong economy and our high standard of living. The additional funding that we are investing in Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project today will be used to connect people and communities across Ottawa through new, modern, sustainable public transit. These investments are vital to support our quality of life today and for the future.”
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
“I’m very pleased that we could bring LRT to another community in Ottawa, and I want to thank the Province for making this happen. Riverside South is a fast-growing community, with an increase of nearly 40,000 residents expected in the next ten years. Bringing LRT to the area provides attractive options to commute to work, shop at the future Riverside South Town Centre, go downtown and enjoy an evening out, or to travel to the airport.”
Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa
“Riverside South will be a premiere family friendly community in Ottawa with this substantial investment in infrastructure. The extension of the Trillium Line will result in a stress free and environmental friendly alternative to automobiles for those residents commuting to downtown Ottawa. The future for Riverside South is bright!”
Terry Nichols – President of Urbandale Corporation
- Trillium Line (existing)
- Length – 8 km
- Number of stations – 5
- Confederation Line (Stage 1)
- Length – 12.5 km
- Downtown tunnel – 2.5 km
- Number of stations – 13
- Stage 2 (Confederation Line and Trillium Line)
- 24,000 people per direction per hour at peak capacity
- 44 km of new rail
- 24 new stations
- South extension
- 16 km including a spur to the Airport
- 8 new stations
- Completion 2021
- East extension
- 13 km
- 5 new stations
- Completion 2022
- West extension
- 15 km
- 11 new stations
- Completion 2023
Stadler has been building trains for 75 years. The system provider of rail vehicle construction solutions is headquartered in Bussnang in Eastern Switzerland, and has a workforce of over 7600 based in various production, service and engineering locations across Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Belarus and the United States. Service locations are also being operated in countries including Algeria, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the UK. Stadler provides a comprehensive range of products in the heavy and urban transport segments: High-speed trains, intercity trains, regional and commuter rail trains, underground trains, tram trains and trams. Furthermore, Stadler also manufactures main-line locomotives, shunting locomotives and passenger carriages, including the most powerful diesel-electric locomotive in Europe. Stadler is the world’s leading manufacturer in the rack-and-pinion rail vehicle industry.