Construction of LRT extension to west of Ottawa delayed for up to a year

It could be 2026 before commuters hit the light rail transit system at Algonquin College and Moodie Drive, as the City of Ottawa warns that construction of the LRT extension to the west end has up to a year late.

Construction is also delayed for up to a year on the new north-south line from Bayview Station to Riverside South.

The O-Train Stage 2 Light Rail Transit quarterly update was sent to council on Friday evening, providing an update on the Confederation Line and Trillium Line extensions.

While construction of the Confederation Line east to Tenth Line Road is on schedule, strikes and supply issues could delay train arrival in the west.

“The City is working closely with East West Connectors (EWC) to maintain the Confederation Line extension schedule,” said Michael Morgan, Rail Construction Program Manager.

“The project is on the original schedule in the east for delivery in May 2024, but there are significant schedule pressures on the western segment of up to a year. Potential impacts from labor strikes, supply issues and other events in 2022 are still under review.”

The original target date to operate the LRT from Tunney’s Pasture to Moodie Drive and Algonquin College was 2025.

Morgan said excavation and drilling continued on the western sections of the open-air Parkway Tunnel during the second quarter, “with significant progress being made at Sherbourne and New Orchard stations.” Work along Scott Street and Woodroffe Avenue for the system was completed in the second quarter.

Structural rehabilitation and preparatory work for the new Kichi Sibi and Westboro stations are scheduled to begin this summer.

Eight of the additional 38 Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles for stage 2 have been accepted so far.

Meanwhile, the new Trillium Line is set to be handed over to the city in the summer of 2023, according to Morgan.

“The City will continue to closely monitor the Trillium Line schedule and provide updates as more milestones are reached,” Morgan said. “The potential impacts of labor strikes, supply issues and other events in 2022 are still under review.”

Morgan says construction is continuing at all stations along the route and vehicle trials are underway between Hunt Club Road and Leitrim Road.

The seven Stadler FLIRT vehicles for the line provided by TransitNEXT have arrived in Ottawa.

The Trillium Line was to be completed this year.

The price tag for Stage 2 is $4.6 billion, with funding from the federal and Ontario governments.

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