Ottawa light rail extensions fall further behind schedule

West’s addition is now expected to be 17 months late; southern extension one year late

Ottawa’s current O-Train light rail transit system, plus extensions currently under construction. The western and southern extensions are late. OC Transpo

OTTAWA — Extensions of Ottawa’s light rail lines continue to fall behind schedule, with the electrified Confederation Line west extension now set to be completed 17 months behind schedule, and the the diesel-powered Trillium line at least a year behind schedule.

The CBC reports a city committee was told on Tuesday that delays to the western extension, which will add 11 stations, reflect labor and cement shortages and mean the line is now expected to be delivered to the city in late 2026. The delay 17 months is a major slide from the start of this year; in April, the city’s railway manager, Michael Morgan, estimated the project was three months behind schedule, and in August he said it could be up to a year behind schedule.

A five-station eastward extension is only about 36 days behind schedule at this point, he said.

Meanwhile, the southern extension of the Trillium Line, which will serve Ottawa International Airport, was to be completed. It is now expected to be handed over to the city in August 2023. Stadler FLIRT trainsets have arrived and approximately 65 tracks have been laid, but signaling tests cannot begin in earnest until track work is complete.

Jose P. Rogers