SNC-Lavalin's Rideau to build rail line in Ottawa

2013-02-13 11:52 ET - News Release

 

Mr. Leslie Quinton reports

RIDEAU TRANSIT GROUP PARTNERSHIP AWARDED OTTAWA'S CONFEDERATION LINE

The Rideau Transit Group Partnership, of which SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is a partner, has finalized an agreement with the City of Ottawa to design, build, finance and maintain the Confederation Line, the city's first-ever light-rail transit system.

In the initial phase of the project, the Rideau Transit Group Partnership will be responsible for the construction of 12.5 kilomrytrd of guideway, 10 above-ground stations, three underground stations and a 2.5-kilometre tunnel beneath the downtown core. The consortium will also widen Highway 417 between Nicholas St. to the Highway 174 split, supply the light-rail transit vehicles, build a maintenance and storage facility, and provide continuing maintenance of the system for a 30-year period.

The Confederation line is a sustainable and affordable rapid transit solution that will get passengers to their destinations more quickly and significantly relieve pressure on Ottawa's existing traffic congestion, including its bus infrastructure.

"We and our partners are truly honoured to have been selected to work with the City of Ottawa to deliver a project that will benefit the national capital region for many decades to come," said Robert G. Card, president and chief executive officer, SNC-Lavalin Group. "The Confederation light-rail project is transformational in nature and will change the face of Canada's capital. This landmark project will also provide significant economic and environmental benefits, resulting in considerable time savings to commuters and fewer vehicles on the road."

With a construction cost estimated at approximately $1.8-billion, the Confederation line represents the biggest capital undertaking in the history of the City of Ottawa. Work on the Confederation line and the widening of Highway 417 will commence in the spring of 2013, with revenue service anticipated in spring of 2018.