Ottawa to invest $C2.1bn in light rail line

21 February 2013

Ottawa, the fourth largest city in Canada, has finalised plans for the Confederation Line: the city's first light rail line. After a $C2.1bn ($US2.1bn) design, build, fund and maintain contract with the Rideau Transit Group was agreed, construction of the 12.5km light rail line from Tunney's Pasture in the west to Blair in the east will start within the next few months, and service is planned to begin in spring 2018.

The length of the line will be divided into 10km of elevated guideway with ten stations, and three stations in the city centre will be build along 2.5km of underground track.

Alstom will supply a fleet of 34 LRVs and maintain them for 30 years, and will use the project to launch its new low-floor, high-capacity Citadis Spirit, which are specifically developed for the North America market and can cope with harsh winter conditions. Boasting a maximum speed of 100km/h, they will be able to complete an end-to-end journey in 24 minutes.

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