Ottawa’s commuter rail (light rail transit, LRT) gets a lot more complicated in Stage 2.
As a reminder, there are two lines:
- Line 1, the red line, runs east-west. It’s also called the Confederation Line. It uses all-electric trains, running on dual tracks (i.e. separate tracks for each direction).
- Line 2, the green line, runs north-south. It’s also called the Trillium Line. It will use diesel trains, and has segments of single track (meaning that trains have to wait in carefully-managed stops, in order to share the track in both directions).
Line 1 extends east to Trim Station, but on the west side it splits, with part heading west and part turning south. Line 2 adds stations and continues south, but then takes a rather dramatic turn to the west at the end of line.
Stage 2 System Map
In terms of implementation, the project is separated into three separate parts for the east and west (Line 1) and south (Line 2) extensions. You can see the planned system in this Stage 2 map, including a Line 1 extension that was added in the west to Moodie Station and the new west turning to Limebank Station at the end of Line 2. Below map from Stage 2 – Where (Internet Archive copy).
Black circles with black text boxes are new stations, and the new segments are also shown as thinner. On the green line (Line 2), two stations are added within the existing Stage 1 segment: Gladstone Station and Walkley Station. Line 2 also gets an extension to the airport, but my understanding is that this is not a direct train; you have to change to an airport shuttle train at South Keys Station.
The timelines are notional, basically intended to show that one part can be delivered before another. A general guideline would be a 2023-2025 for completion of the entire system, particularly given the delayed launch of Stage 1. Note that bus rapid transit (the remainder of the Transitway buses) is shown in grey. (See update below for new timelines.)
UPDATE 2019-10-07: Also see Interactive Maps below. END UPDATE
UPDATE 2019-12-05: Stage 2 LRT Information Sessions
December 5, 2019 – Confederation Line East Extension (Blair Station to Trim Station)
Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex-Orléans
1490 Youville Drive, Orléans
December 9, 2019 – Confederation Line West Extension (Dominion Station and Westboro Station)
Churchill Seniors Centre
345 Richmond Road
December 11, 2019 – Confederation Line West Extension (Iris Station to Baseline Station)
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive
December 12, 2019 – Confederation Line West Extension (Queensview Station to Moodie Station)
Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre
102 Greenview Avenue
UPDATE 2018-02-24: A detailed technical briefing including updated timelines, budget, and the selected private sector implementation groups will be presented a Committee of the Whole special meeting of Council on February 27, 2019 at 1pm.
The documents are available in the city’s SIRE agenda system. There are two agenda items:
- Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters
- Long Range Financial Plan Transit Update
The report ACS2019-TSD-OTP-0001 Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters (PDF) has nine appendices of which the most interesting for me was Appendix 5: Station Descriptions and Technical Overview (PDF) which includes renderings of all the new Line 1 and Line 2 stations.
There is a very-high-level summary in city news release City holds technical briefing on Stage 2 LRT and the Preferred Proponents.
Stage 2 is made up of two projects extending the Confederation and Trillium Lines totalling 44 kilometres of new rail and 24 new LRT stations.
The marquee information is:
- total cost $4.66 billion
- Trillium Line (Line 2, north-south) extension target completion 2022, including a complete shutdown from May 2020 until September 2022
- Confederation Line (Line 1) East extension target completion 2024
- Confederation Line (Line 1) West extension target completion 2025
above from page 61 of Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters (PDF)
The Trillium Line (Line 2) includes a completely separate Airport Link Line, a spur line from South Keys. By completely separate I mean you have to change trains at South Keys, and in fact the Airport Line will run completely different trains – it will inherit the current Alstom Coradia LINT diesel trains, while as previously announced the main Line 2 trains will be new Stadler FLIRT diesel trains.
Trillium Line (Line 2) Vehicles
above from page 55 of Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters (PDF)
The Stage2LRT website has also been updated, although not particularly intuitively.
UPDATE 2019-12-11: The entire Stage 2 website (stage2lrt) now redirects to the City of Ottawa website. This means a lot of sections and links from the Stage 2 website are now broken. I will repair as many links as I can using the Internet Archive.
There is a new News item (the same as on the city’s main website):
BUT this news item doesn’t link to the new Stage 2 LRT documentation, which can be found on the Resources page, specifically at the bottom of the resources page. (If they’d wanted to make it any harder on to find, they could have put a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard.” Kudos to Skyscraper Page forums for finding it for me.)
- ACS2019-TSD-OTP-0001 Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters (PDF)
- Supporting Documentation (links to all 9 appendices)
- Of particular note: Appendix 5 Station Descriptions and Technical Overview (PDF)
- The only new document, but a very useful one:
Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project: Technical Briefing – February 22, 2019 (PDF)
including many station renderings, and segment-by-segment construction schedules
The technical briefing includes a much clearer Trillium Line (Line 2) train diagram. Note that our FLIRT trains will have two sets of doors per car, not one set as in Figure 7 above.
above from slide 83 of Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project: Technical Briefing – February 22, 2019 (PDF)
Line 2 Extends South, then West
The details of the plan to extend Line 2 west are available in the Trillium Line Extension Planning and Environmental Assessment (EA) Study – Addendum.
I’ll only look at the end of the line, which is a change to the original Stage 2 plan.
Here is Earl Armstrong / Bowesville Station and Park & Ride
Above two images are from pp. 68-70 of the Trillium Extension EA Study Addendum document (PDF).
Here is the extension west to Limebank Station
Above two images are from pp. 93-99 of the Trillium Extension EA Study Addendum document (PDF).
Line 2 Stage 2 Train Sets
In Stage 2 the existing Line 2 trains will be replaced with the Stadler FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train). It is diesel powered but can be converted to electric.
The main website for Stage 2 is https://www.stage2lrt.ca/. Please refer to that website for official Stage 2 routes and station information.
UPDATE 2019-10-07: There is also a lot of information on the City of Ottawa website in the major projects section, including station renderings. https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project END UPDATE
UPDATE 2019-12-11: The entire Stage 2 website (stage2lrt) now redirects to the City of Ottawa website (see link above). This means a lot of sections and links from the Stage 2 website are now broken. I will repair as many links as I can using the Internet Archive.
UPDATE 2019-10-07: There is an interactive map available on the City of Ottawa website. You can zoom in to see details, as well as click on individual stations (red circles) to get more information. Thanks to Mapping Ottawa’s LRT on The Map Room blog for this information. END UPDATE
You can see Stage 2 track alignments in GeoOttawa. Go to More layers… and select Rail Implementation Office at the very bottom (below Miscellaneous). http://maps.ottawa.ca/geoottawa/ Note that GeoOttawa requires Flash.
Stage 3 may extend to Kanata, to Barrhaven, and possibly across the Prince of Wales bridge to Quebec. Details are not finalised; I have done a separate blog post with Stage 3 maps.