Ottawa Light Rail Transit - Confederation Line and Highway 417 Widening Project

City of Ottawa
Project Type:
DBFM - Design, Build, Finance and Maintain
Infrastructure Type:

About the Project:

  • the The City of Ottawa is delivering the Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) - Confederation Line which also includes building and financing the widening of Highway 417.
  • The OLRT will be publicly owned; it will be integrated into the City of Ottawa's existing transit service, OC Transpo.
  • The City of Ottawa will continue to set transit fare rates and customer service standards.

Infrastructure Ontario's Role

  • Infrastructure Ontario acted as P3 Commercial Procurement Advisor providing advice to the City during the procurement phase.


The OLRT project includes:

  • a 12.5-kilometre line along the existing Bus Route System (BRT) corridor from Blair Road in the east to Tunney's Pasture in the west
  • a tunnel through the downtown core
  • 13 stations, including three underground stations

Community and Green Benefits

  • A reduced number of buses travelling through the downtown core and increased quality of life for commuters requiring less time for daily travel.
  • Less traffic congestion, greenhouse gases and fuel consumption.
  • A more pedestrian and cycling friendly downtown core.
  • Job creation during the design and construction phases of the project.