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Rideau Transit Group extends work with Ottawa’s LRT development

Contract covers the expansion of a maintenance and storage facility located at Belfast Road.

October 3, 2017   CCE

The City of Ottawa has signed a contract with the Rideau Transit Group Partnership (“RTG”) for the expansion of a maintenance and storage facility located at Belfast Road for Stage 2 of the Confederation Line.

The RTG is a consortium composed of SNC-Lavalin, ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and EllisDon. The consortium was awarded the Confederation Line contract in February 2013 to handle the design, build and maintain the Line until 2038. The consortium is currently delivering Stage 1.

The new contract is worth approximatly $106 million, including the value of the Early Work Package Variation Directives, which allowed preliminary work to start last April, this variation of the Original Project Agreement is part of the fixed price Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) ratified by RTG with the City of Ottawa on March 24th, 2017 for a portion of Stage 2 of the Confederation Line for $492 million.

RTG responsibilities now include:

  • The design, construction and financing of the Belfast Expansion Project, to house and maintain the additional Stage 2 fleet, which will bring the number of light rail vehicles for the Confederation Line to 72.
  • The scope of work include the following :
    • Extend the storage shed to house part of the new vehicles fleet
    • Build three new maintenance bays to provide additional capacity
    • Extend the administration building to accommodate a larger control room
    • Replace the existing earth berm by a noise wall to allow sufficient space for the buildings
    • Rearrange the train yard, utilities, tracks and systems according to the new layout
    • Ensure these works are executed without impacting the planned revenue service date

The remaining scope of work elements to be finalized under the Stage 2 project includes the maintenance and rehabilitation of the additional vehicles, facilities and the East-West expanded alignment, throughout their lifecycle, and interface and design management services to the City for maintainability.

The Confederation Line rapid transit solution will relieve pressure on Ottawa’s existing public transit system.


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