Light Rail, light rail subway under construction
Diesel Light Rail - The O Train
The 8 km 5 station diesel powered O-Train, opened October 15, 2001.
An extension using a scrapped north-south light rail plan from 2006 is being considered as well. In 2015, an 8 km, 5 station extension to the rebranded Trillium Line was approved.
The line is known as the O-Train because of an alternate scene in the Canadian version of When Harry Met Sally. It once considered using the slogan Its all about the O, but it was already taken.
There were many
plans for several extensions, including a spur to
the airport. The most concrete plan was a 30 km North-South line that would have opened in 2009. Due to a mountain of controversy,
plans were cancelled and fines were claimed by Siemens. The debate continued as the newest plans called for an expansion of the
existing line with a 3 km downtown subway where the train would switch
from diesel to electric power. Plans were still on the table, ready to
be shred in 2013.
Le tramway diésel d'Ottawa va bon
excellent fan page
O-Train Official Home Page
takes a ride on the RegioSprinter
Light Rail Subway
In October 2009, a light rail system for Ottawa was approved. The 2.1 billion dollar plan included a 3.2 km downtown subway section. While standing on shaky ground for much of the year, the Canadian government
authorized partial funding. Impact studies were completed in June 2010. The Confederation Line began construction in 2013, and is expected to open in 2018.
Also approved are two extensions to the under construction line, including a second line as well as the O-Train. The plan calls for a 10 km eastern extension and a branch line.
The last Ottawa streetcar ran in 1959.
gets committee approval
Public Transit in Ottawa
Transit Expansion Study
Confederation Line official home page
Ottawa Streetcar 696 Restoration Group