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Ottawa light rail approved

The Council of the Canadian city of Ottawa has voted 24-0 to formally approve a contract for the first stage of light rail transit in the city. The CAD 2.1 billion Confederation Line light rail system will connect Tunney Pasture in the west of the city to Blair in the east. Rideau Transit Group, a consortium of engineering firms, was chosen to build the line, which is scheduled to begin full revenue service in 2018.

The first stage of construction is expected to start in February with the addition of lanes on the Queensway to carry express buses while the existing bus-only Transitway will be closed during its conversion to light rail.

Construction of the Line will include 13 new stations, a 2.5km downtown tunnel and is expected to create 20,000 jobs. Alstom's Citadis tram has been included in the designs as the project's preferred vehicle.

21 December 2012

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