Pre-construction work begins on Ottawa Confederation Line

Pre-construction work began on the Ottawa Confederation Line transit project as the city of Ottawa officially handed over the site of the future maintenance and storage facility to the Rideau Transit Group on April 18.

As part of its winning proposal, the Rideau Transit Group will build a world-class Centre of Excellence for vehicle assembly, maintenance and operations that is expected generate 100 jobs during the construction period. Once in service it will employ 50 permanent skilled trade workers and professionals.

“Rideau Transit Group is fully committed to the Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project. We will be strong community partners for at least the next 35 years,” said Antonio Estrada, Rideau Transit Group chief executive officer.

“I can tell you that we are very excited to begin the work in earnest. We are committed to ensuring we mitigate the impact of works on mobility and provide timely updates as we begin to ramp up activity.”

The 16-hectare site on Belfast Road currently houses aging storage structures. The first steps will be to demolish and recycle materials from the existing buildings, wherever possible. Work will then begin on building the base for the new maintenance yard and train yard.

The maintenance and storage facility is expected to be complete by 2015. Operational testing of the Confederation Line will commence in 2017 and full service will occur in spring 2018.

The federal government is contributing $600 million through the Building Canada Fund to the project.

The city of Ottawa will allocate up to $161.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund transfers to this project and the provincial government is contributing up to $600 million. In addition, the city will allocate $287 million of Provincial Gas Tax funding to the capital infrastructure.

The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.

Ottawa Confederation Line

Source : dcnonl

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