Here’s what the Stage 1 commuter rail (light rail transit, LRT) network will look like when it launches in 2019. This post focuses on the rail maps; there will also be lots of bus route changes.
Line 1, the Confederation Line, the red line, runs from Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east. It is an all-electric, dual-track line (i.e. separate tracks for each direction).
It makes for a pretty simple map, from the OC Transpo Ready4Rail – Where will it go page.
Lyon, Parliament and Rideau stations are underground. The Gatineau bus connection shown at Pimisi Station indicates OC Transpo Gatineau-bound buses. The STO bus connections aren’t shown.
Line 2, the Trillium Line, the green line, runs from Bayview Station in the north to Greenboro Station in the south. It is a diesel line with some single tracking, which means trains have to wait at stopping points in order to share the single track in both directions.
It also makes for a pretty simple map, from the current OC Transpo Route 2 results page, PDF map option.
The lines have a single transfer point at Bayview Station.
I don’t know of a map that shows just Line 1 and Line 2 together for Stage 1. There is a map (PNG) that shows all rapid routes, which includes the two train lines in red and green as well as buses in blue. Basically the blue is what remains of the workhorse Transitway / Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines in Stage 1. (Map from OC Transpo New service types page.)
Interactive Maps & Downloadable Data
You can see current and proposed station footprints and 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.
If you want the data for Line 1 including station alignments, as shape files, you can get it from the City of Ottawa Open Data site http://data.ottawa.ca/en/dataset/o-train-line-1
There is also open data for O-Train Stations and O-Train Tracks, including Google Earth KMZ format. I don’t know whether this is just the north-south line (Line 2) or whether it includes the forthcoming Line 1.
The main website for Stage 1 is https://www.ligneconfederationline.ca/
but there is also information at http://www.octranspo.com/ready4rail/
In renaming and rebranding the lines there may be some confusion. Previously O-Train referred just to the north-south train, now it is used for the entire system. Also previously route 1 and route 2 were downtown core frequent buses. Route 1 was changed to route 6, and route 2 basically ended up as two routes, the 11 and the 12.
The Stage 1 rail lines won’t change, but nevertheless always go to the OC Transpo website for the latest official information about routes.