Ottawa selects preferred proponents for LRT extensions 

23 February 2019 - 12:00 am UTC

The city of Ottawa officially selected preferred proponents for both the Trillium Line Extension and the Confederation Line extension, according to 22 February public documents.

SNC Lavalin’s affiliate TransitNEXT was selected as the preferred proponent for the Trillium line, while East-West Connectors was selected as the preferred proponent for the Confederation Line. The consortium consists of Peter Kiewit Sons, VINCI Group, WSP Canada and Hatch Ltd.
Both projects are up for vote when the Ottawa City Council meets on 6 March.
The city of Ottawa selected a first ranked proponent for Trillium extension in a 20 November 2018 memo. The proponent was not named, but was understood to be SNC Lavalin, as reported by Inframation. 
The CAD 799.3m (USD 604.1m) Trillium Line extension is part of Ottawa LRT Stage 2 P3. The DBFM project involves the construction of eight new stations as well as 16km of track and bundled city projects. This also includes a four kilometer (2.48 mile) airport link connecting the Trillum Line to the Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport.
TransitNext will have to finance the initial 10% of the project’s capital costs through commercial financing sources. After, the city will make monthly payments.
Trillium Line is expected to be completed in 2022.
The CAD 2.571bn (USD 1.94bn) Confederation Line extension is being delivered as a design-build-finance project which includes 27km of new LRT track from Blair Road to Trim Road, several new bridge structures, 16 stations, tunneling, widening of several new roads and construction of a new road.
The project is comprised of Confederation Line East and Confederation Line West and is expected to be completed in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
Both projects have a timeline which contemplates commercial and financial close in March and April and a construction start in 2Q19 and 3Q19.
CLICK HERE to view the presentation on both projects.