“With this announcement the federal government now joins the provincial government, which granted its environmental assessment approval in August 2010,” the city stated in a press release. Construction is expected to start in early 2013.
Last October, the city announced that three consortia — Ottawa Transit Partners, Rideau Transit Group and Rideau Transit Partners — were shortlisted to bid on the project, with Infrastructure Ontario as the commercial lead.
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Ottawa Transit Partners is led by Vinci Concessions. It includes Acciona Concessions Canada Inc., Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc., Aecon Construction Group Inc., Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc., Vinci Construction Grands Projets, Delcan Corp., du Toit Allsopp Hillier (DTAH), Inspec-Sol Inc., Klohn Cripper Berger Ltd., NORR Ltd. and Partham Engineering Ltd.
Rideau Transit Group is led by ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. The team includes EllisDon Corp., Dragados Canada Inc., several subsidiaries of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., Veolia Transportation Services Inc., Adamson Associates, BBB Architects Ottawa Inc., Dr. Sauer & Partners Corp., Fast + Epp, Hatch Mott McDonald Ltd., IBI Group, L2 Advisors Inc., MMM Group Ltd., Scotia Capital, Sereca Fire Consulting Ltd. and Thurber Engineering Ltd.
Rideau Transit Partners is led by Guyancourt, France-based Bouygues Travaux Publics S.A. The consortium includes PCL Constructors Canada Inc., Brookfield Financial Corp., Fiera Axium Infrastructure Canada LP, Parsons Enterprises Inc., Parsons Canada Ltd., Colas Rail S.A., Johnson Controls LP., Aedas Canada Ltd., GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., R.W. Tomlinson Ltd. and Stantec Consulting Ltd.
The light rail line will extend 12.5km, from the Tunney’s Pasture federal government complex in the west to Blair Station in the east, at The Gloucester Centre near Blair Road and The Queensway. The downtown portion includes a 3.2km-long tunnel. It will have a total of 13 stations.
According to the Ottawa Light Rail Transit project website, the city estimates construction will be completed by the end of 2017.