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Frequently Asked Questions

Stage 2 LRT

Until future expansion plans such as Stage 2 LRT are finalized and construction is completed, details mentioned below are subject to change and the information provided may become inaccurate or out of date. We will do our best to keep this section updated as new details are made public. We do encourage you to visit www.stage2lrt.ca to find out the latest official information.

The Stage 2 LRT extensions are scheduled to open as they are completed. First will be the Trillium Line extension in the south to Limebank and the Airport spur line in 2022. Then the Confederation Line extension in the east to Place d'Orleans and Trim Road by 2024. Finally, the Confederation Line extension in the west to Baseline and Moodie in 2025.
Once the Stage 2 LRT extensions are completed and operational, the Confederation Line will continue to be served by Alstom Citadis Spirit trains, which include the original 34 trains and an additional trains. The Trillium Line will operate a mixed fleet, consisting of the existing Alstom Coradia LINT trains and new Stadler FLIRT trains that are approximately double the length of the LINTs. It is projected that 6 FLIRTs will operate on the main Trillium Line, with a coupled LINT. The Airport spur line will be served entirely by LINT trains as the demand will be lower and the station platforms at the Airport are shorter and can only accomodate the LINT.

The Stage 2 LRT is the next phase, and it will extend the service to the south, the east and the west. To the south, it will extend to Limebank, with a spur line also serving the Ottawa International Airport. To the east, it will extend to Trim road in Orleans, while also serving Place d'Orleans Shopping Centre. To the west, it will extend to Lincoln Fields station. From here, one branch will continue to Baseline station to serve Nepean and Algonquin College. A second branch will reach Moodie Drive, and pass through the Bayshore Shopping Centre. 

In total, the complete O-Train system will span 64 kilometres and include 42 stations.

Yes, trains will be 1:1 during peak, however, late in the evening from Monday to Thursday, when night classes at post-secondary institutions are over and ridership is lower, customers travelling to or from Queensview, Pinecrest, Bayshore, and Moodie Stations will need to change trains at Lincoln Fields Station.
 
Trains along the full line will operate between Trim Station and Baseline Station. Lincoln Fields Station is being configured to allow an easy connection to the trains operating between there and Moodie.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.
At some times of the day, particularly in the morning peak period, there will be eastbound trains that operate only as far as Blair Station. Customers travelling to points east of there can choose to wait for the next train or to change trains at Blair. Electronic signs on the train and platform, as well as audio announcements, will clearly indicate if the trains will end at Blair Station. This practise is required to ensure that the appropriate level of service is provided at all stations and to control capital and operating costs.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.
From Lincoln Fields Station, where the two western branches converge, and through downtown, service on the two lines will combine to provide double the frequency of service.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.
Yes, the alignment protects for future stations between Limebank Station and Bowesville Station, as warranted by future development. There are no current plans to extend rail beyond Limebank Station.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.
Yes, the retractable platform extenders will continue to be used.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.
In regards to the LINTs, there is no contractual requirement to change the interior layouts. The existing stanchions and hand holds will be colored yellow, for visibility and consistency with the Confederation Line and the FLIRTs.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.
Driver-operated doors will not be provided on the LINTs. The use of passenger buttons for door operation significantly reduce the heat loss during stop in winters, particularly outside peak periods and at lightly trafficked stations.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.
No, a new signaling system will be implemented as part of Stage 2.

Answer provided by Stage2LRT team.

The most probable way to cross the river to Gatineau would be via the Prince of Wales bridge, located just across from Bayview station. This formerly used rail bridge was purchased by the City of Ottawa several years ago, to keep it available as an option for such a crossing. At this time, no formal plans have yet been announced. Incidentally, the City of Gatineau announced in 2018 their preferred option of constructing their own LRT service in the West of Gatineau towards the Plateau and Aylmer. Their plan calls for the use of the Portage bridge to cross the river to connect with the LRT service in Ottawa. It is still early, so only time will tell how these plans may develop over the coming years.

Confederation Line - EAST EXTENSION

The following answsers are provided by Michael Morgan, Director, Rail Construction Program.
  1. The current concept imagery of Trim Station shows a pedestrian walkway to cross the 174 from the O-Train to the station entrance at the Park and Ride facility. Is there any news or advancement on a similar connection to the North (opposite) side of the highway?
Response: Trim road will be re-aligned to the east of the existing facility, and an improved intersection with OR 174 will be constructed. The improved intersection will permit safe pedestrian connections to and from the north side of the OR 174. There are currently no plans to provide a pedestrian bridge to the north side of the highway.
The following answsers are provided by Michael Morgan, Director, Rail Construction Program.
  1. The station being located in the highway median, the current median is too narrow. What are the plans to address this to accommodate the station? Will the highway trench be widened and the lanes moves more to the sides to make for the necessary room?
Response: The median in this area is wide enough to accommodate the Confederation Line east extension with only minor lane relocations in the immediate area of the Place d’Orléans Station. Lane relocations may also be required to accommodate construction access points, and utility relocation work that is required as part of the project.
  1. The current overpass for Champlain will remain, be refurbished or replaced?
Response: The current overpass bridge will remain in place. 
The following answsers are provided by Michael Morgan, Director, Rail Construction Program.
  1. The station being located in the highway median, the current median appears to be slightly too narrow. What are the plans to address this to accommodate the station?
Response: The median in this area is wide enough to accommodate the Confederation Line east extension with only minor lane relocations in the immediate area of the Orleans Blvd Station. Lane relocations may also be required to accommodate construction access points, and utility relocation work that is required as part of the project.
  1. Will the current overpass be replaced?
Response: The current overpass bridge will remain in place.
The following answsers are provided by Michael Morgan, Director, Rail Construction Program.
  1. Will the current overpass remain, be refurbished or replaced?
Response: The overpass bridge will remain in place.
The following answsers are provided by Michael Morgan, Director, Rail Construction Program.
  1. The current highway overpass will no doubt be replaced. Is there a timeline on when this will occur? And will it make use of the rapid bridge replacement method?
Response: Work has already begun on the westbound and eastbound bridge of the Montreal Road interchange. Work is anticipated to be completed by  the end of 2020. The construction of the station bridge within the median will follow, which is anticipated to be completed by mid-2021. New piers are required for the new bridges; rapid replacement is not a possible construction method for this particular location.

Trillium Line - SOUTH EXTENSION

Along the existing segment of the Trillium Line, the project consortium will be responsible for the design and construction of two new stations, the lengthening of existing platforms to accommodate longer trains, and the addition of select sections of double tracking, though single track will remain in place at Carling Station. There are no current plans to expand or modify Carling Station further.
We cannot guarantee that there won’t be another extended shutdown of the Line 2 for future works as this is outside the scope of the Stage 2 project.
At this time and as part of the Trillium extension scope, the Carling underpass will not be widened. The locations of double tracking have been optimized in such a way to minimize the need to widen the rock cut on the existing Trillium Line.
The new stations and structures being constructed as part of the Trillium Line South Extension have been designed in such a way as to allow for the future conversion of the extension to twin-track electric LRT and to accommodate the planned future widening of both the Airport Parkway and Lester Road. With specific regard to the Ellwood Diamond grade separation, the project scope mandates that space be created to allow for a second track in the future, whether at-grade or on another elevated structure.