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February 15, 2013

Rideau Transit Group reaches deal with Ottawa on light rail system

OTTAWA

The Rideau Transit Group (RTG) has reached financial close on the agreement with the City of Ottawa to design, build, finance and maintain the city’s first Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

RTG will be responsible for the construction of 12.5 kilometres of guideway, 13 new stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel. In addition to the construction, RTG will widen Highway 417 between Nicholas Street and Highway 174, supply the light rail transit vehicles, build a maintenance and storage facility, and provide 30 years of maintenance.

Design and construction starts immediately with revenue service expected in spring 2018.

Following a review of Rideau Transit Group’s proposal in December, city council voted unanimously to approve the project and to execute a project agreement with the group.

With a construction cost estimated at approximately $1.8 billion, the Confederation Line represents the biggest capital undertaking in the history of the City of Ottawa.

Construction of the light rail line is expected to generate over 3,200 direct person-years of trades employment, 700-person years of highly skilled technical staff employment and 375 person-years of engineering employment in the Ottawa area.

For more information on Ottawa’s Confederation Line, visit www.ottawalightrail.ca.

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