Preferred proponents for stage two LRT to be named by end of year: memo

LRT

Come December, City staff are expected to reveal their contractors of choice to extend Ottawa’s light-rail transit lines to the east, west and south, according to a memo sent to council this week.

The memo, prepared by the city’s director of O-Train planning Chris Swail and construction planner Steve Cripps, said final submissions for the two extensions are anticipated to arrive this fall.

An evaluation team will then review the bids to determine a preferred proponent to extend the Confederation line to Moodie in the west and Orléans in the east, and a separate contractor to develop the southern end of the Trillium line down to Riverside South with linkages to the airport.

City council will make the final call on the contractors selected to take on the project, valued at a total of $3.6 billion. The consortium developing the current phase of Ottawa’s LRT line, Rideau Transit Group, is unable to bid on the east-west extensions but will be eligible to work on the southbound portion of the project.

Elsewhere in the memo, RTG reaffirmed its confidence that construction and testing on the Confederation line will be complete by the Nov. 2 handover date. The new date was instituted after the transit developer indicated it would fail to meet the original May 24 deadline.

Before RTG will hand over the system to the city, it needs to run end-to-end testing and trial runs of trains on the line, as well as put the finishing touches on the transit stations. Rideau Station remains “especially monitored,” the memo states, as its completion will be key to meeting the agreed-upon handover date.

The city recently released drone footage of the LRT project as construction approaches the finish line.