The Confederation Line West is one of the three major extensions to Ottawa’s light rail transit system. This extension will see LRT continue from Tunney’s Pasture to Moodie and Baseline Stations.
Use the Stage 2 LRT Interactive Map to explore the Confederation Line West Extension further.
- 15 kilometres of rail and 11 new stations.
- New connections to light rail transit for the communities of Hintonburg, Island Park, Westboro, Laurentian, Woodroffe North, Woodpark, Lincoln Heights, Whitehaven, Queensway Terrace North, Bayshore, Iris, Centrepointe and Lincoln Heights.
- Connect to greenspace including the Ottawa River pathway and the National Capital Commission’s future Linear Waterfront Park, Westboro Beach, and Pinecrest Creek Corridor..
The Confederation Line West extension project will add 15 km of rail and 11 new or converted rapid transit stations to the City’s overall light rail transit (LRT) network at Westboro, Kìchì Sìbì, Sherbourne, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields, Iris, Algonquin College, Queensview, Pinecrest, Bayshore and Moodie.
At Moodie, the Confederation Line West LRT extension will connect directly to the West Transitway to Kanata, and the Southwest Transitway to Barrhaven facilitating easy transfers to and from the Transitway.
Moving east from Bayshore, the line continues along the existing bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor to a converted Pinecrest Station, then to a new station at Queensview Drive. It then runs, at grade, parallel to the north side of Highway 417 before entering into a underground covered trench beneath Connaught Avenue and then crossing above Pinecrest Creek.
At Pinecrest Junction, the alignment splits, with one branch continuing via the Pinecrest Creek corridor along the existing Southwest Transitway through Iris Station and terminating at Algonquin Station. The other branch continues north and then east along Confederation Line, passing through Lincoln Fields Station before entering an underground covered trench. New Orchard Station will be located under a small section of the Byron Linear Park.
East of Woodroffe Avenue, the line will run beneath Byron Linear Park, following the road alignment to the new Sherbourne Station also located under a small section of Byron Linear Park. It will continue beneath the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, emerging from the underground covered trench before reaching Kìchì Sìbì Station on the existing Transitway. Continuing east along the Transitway trench, the line will reach Westboro Station just north of Scott Street, and finally meet with the first-stage Confederation Line at Tunney’s Pasture Station.
Westboro Station is an existing Transitway station to the north of Scott Street between Tweedsmuir Avenue and Athlone Avenue. The Transitway will be converted to accommodate LRT. The new main entrance will be located on Scott Street and an entrance on the north side of the existing Transitway trench will facilitate the non-fare paid transfer of passengers from the bus drop off area on the existing western bus access drive. From there, passengers will connect to the LRT platform below through fare gates.
Pedestrian connections linking the north and south side of the existing trench will be provided at the east and west side of the station. Bicycle parking will be provided in the Scott Street plaza area from the main entrance with passenger pick up and drop off (PPUDO) spaces provided in each direction of travel on Scott Street. North of the existing trench, and west of the station, a bus staging area to accommodate four buses will be provided.
Kìchì Sìbì station
Kìchì Sìbì Station is an existing Transitway Station, which will be located within the existing Transitway trench between Dominion Avenue and Berkley Avenue. Bicycle parking will be provided in the station’s public entrance plaza, which is designed to provide public access across the guideway linking pedestrians and cyclists from Dominion Avenue to Workman Avenue with direct connection to the NCC pathway on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
The pedestrian bridge east of the station near Roosevelt Avenue will be decommissioned throughout construction. PPUDO spaces will be conveniently located near the station plaza on Dominion Avenue.
Sherbourne Station is a new station. The single station entrance will be located within the Byron Linear Park between Cleary Avenue and Sherbourne Road. The station entrance plaza will seamlessly integrate with the planned functions of the Bryon Linear Park, activating this node within the park. Bicycle parking will be provided in the station plaza and PPDUO spaces will be provided on both the north and south side of Bryon Avenue.
New Orchard station
New Orchard Station is a new station located within the Byron Linear Park, immediately east of New Orchard Avenue. All station facilities and system support spaces will be completely below grade except for the fare paid entrance and emergency exits. New Orchard will also be constructed as an open station and the platforms will be located below the level of the existing grade.
Lincoln Fields station
Lincoln Fields Station is an existing Transitway Station that will be re-oriented and completely rebuilt to function as a new LRT station. The train platform will be located under Carling Avenue with a fare paid connection to the bus facility to allow passengers to transfer seamlessly without a requirement to pass through fare gates or revalidate their fare. There will be a minimum of three fare-controlled entrances: a station entrance will be provided from Carling Avenue; an entrance will provide access from the west side of the Guideway at grade; and, an entrance will be provided at the bus loop. The existing bus terminal will be reconfigured to accommodate bus platforms and bus layby facilities only, and a new bus drivers’ facility. The PPUDO spaces currently located within the operating area of the bus terminal will be relocated and segregated from the fare paid zone with access from Carling Avenue, shared with buses as currently configured.
This major transfer station will be outfitted with public washrooms available to fare paid customers during LRT operation hours and will have provisions for a future retail space. A signalized pedestrian crossing will also be provided to facilitate improved station access across Carling Avenue.
Iris Station, currently a bus stop located at the intersection of Iris Street and the existing Transitway, Iris Station will be converted to a light rail station. The station platform will be located below the level of Iris Street. The station will include vertical circulation elements for passengers to access the station from the sidewalk and bus stops located on Iris Street. Station entrance plazas on the east and west side of the guideway will be provided to safely accommodate both pedestrian and cycling traffic.
Algonquin Station is an existing Transitway Station that has been future-proofed for light rail conversion with an existing tunnel. This new terminal/station will be converted to a terminus station serving as the south-western terminus of the Confederation Line, located between College Avenue and Navaho Drive, just west of Algonquin College’s ACCE building and beneath the landscaped plaza within the previously constructed transit tunnel. The fare paid new bus facility will allow the existing Transitway Station to be de commissioned and reduced to bus only traffic lanes. The residual station space will be replaced with landscaped areas and improved pedestrian and cycling connections.
The station will be a centre platform configuration, with the platform located within the centre cell of the existing below grade structure. The station will have three fare-controlled entrances. One entrance will front the south side of College Avenue; a second entrance will be provided on the north end of platform, within the existing plaza; and, a third entrance from the pedestrian bridge connecting to the Algonquin ACCE building. The new pedestrian bridge will allow passengers safe and direct access to the ACCE building and to the existing pedestrian bridge crossing Woodroffe Avenue, thus reducing the quantity of pedestrians crossing College and Woodroffe Avenue at grade. This major transfer station will have public washrooms available to customers during LRT operating hours and will have provisions for a future retail space.
A new consolidated bus layby facility and bus driver’s facilities will be constructed south of College Avenue between the existing park and ride and the skate park.
Queensview Station is a new station located to the north of Highway 417. The station is to be served by a minimum of one fare-controlled entrance and will be integrated with a new public access pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 417 and landing at Baxter Road, providing a significant new connection for communities north and south of the highway.
There will be a north entrance building and entry plaza with access from the enhanced MUP and sidewalk system to allow access from the Queensview Drive and Queensway Terrace North communities. This entrance will also serve the new pedestrian bridge spanning Highway 417.
The station and bridge will be accessed via a combination of sloped pathway, stairs and elevators on the north side of Highway 417 and by accessible vertical circulation elements from Baxter Road on the south side of Highway 417. The public sidewalk will be extended along Baxter Road to the pedestrian bridge access point. Bicycle parking spaces will be provided conveniently at grade near both station access points, as well PPUDO spaces will be provided on Baxter Road and Queensview Drive.
Pinecrest Station is an existing Transitway Station that will shift south to align with the Confederation Line West alignment. The new Pinecrest Station will be located on the north side of Highway 417 west of Pinecrest Road.
Off-street bus facilities will be constructed to support the transfer of customers from bus stops located adjacent to the station. There will be a bi-directional route from Pinecrest Road to the station’s bus stop location and a bus turnaround after the bus stop to return buses to Pinecrest Road. The transfer of customers at this station will not be within a fare paid zone. The station will be connected to Pinecrest Road and Dumaurier Avenue by MUPs, with PPUDO spaces located on Dumaurier Avenue with convenient access to the station plaza and bicycle parking in the station plaza area.
Bayshore Station is an existing Transitway Station that is currently located adjacent to Bayshore Shopping Centre and Highway 417. The station will be converted to serve as a BRT/LRT transfer station of the Confederation Line. The station platform will be located to provide convenient access to the surrounding community. The station will have a direct connection to Bayshore Shopping Centre by way of the existing overhead pedestrian bridge and improved pedestrian connections to the west, and east via new and improved MUPs, and to the north with an improved sidewalk to Woodridge Crescent.
The new sidewalk and MUP will intersect at the new station plaza adjacent to the existing BRT station entrance where bicycle parking will be provided. The design and location of the station will facilitate the direct and rapid movement of passengers between local buses and trains within a fare paid zone.
Moodie Station is an existing Transitway Station that is currently located southeast of the intersection of Moodie Drive and Corkstown Road. The existing station will be converted to a terminal station serving as the western terminus of the Confederation Line.
The station platform will be located between Corkstown Road and the eastbound off ramp of Highway 417, east of Moodie Drive. The station will facilitate the direct and rapid movement of passengers between local buses, trains, and the adjacent development.
A bus platform will be assigned for the shuttle service to and from the Department of National Defence, located northwest of the station on Moodie Drive. PPUDO’s located on the re-aligned and reconfigured Corkstown Road will allow convenient access to the station by automobile. MUPs and a sidewalk will direct customers to the plaza for entrance to the station and where bicycle parking will be provided.
Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF)
Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) will provide additional vehicle storage and perform light maintenance programs such as seat repairs, window replacement, flooring replacement, door repair, electronic component replacement, cleaning and systems testing. The Moodie LMSF will be built to accommodate 24 vehicles opening day, with the potential for phased expansion to get to an ultimate capacity of 90 vehicles.