O-Train Extension is moving along at an A-OK pace

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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Track installation on Ottawa’s O-Train East Extension project began this month.

Ottawa’s O-Train East Extension project got the political ovation treatment on April 26.

Officials marked the start of track installation on the $4.66 billion Stage 2 LRT job. Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Transit Commission Chair Allan Hubley, and others were there to mark the occasion.

Much of the O-Train East Extension will sit in the Ottawa Road 174 median between Blair and Trim roads. The project consists of 12.5 km of rail and five stations. Up to 25 km of rail will be placed by the end of the year. Mainline track installation started in April and stations are already under construction.

As far as when the East Extension will be completed officials have not indicated it is behind schedule. However, other Ottawa light-rail projects have been delayed. The Trillium Line expansion will not be finished until May 2023, making it nine months behind schedule. The Confederation Line west extension could be facing a longer delay.

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