Western Light Rail (Stage 2 LRT)

Please scroll down to find your neighbourhood and the corresponding LRT developments. Please note that only active and in progress projects will be identified on this page. In order to keep it current, completed projects will be archived off of this page. 

Brief details are included below each development, but please visit the Stage 2 website here, if you would like more detailed explanations of ongoing developments. 

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Ottawa's Western Light Rail Transit corridor will be built as part of Stage 2 of the LRT project. The proposed route will see the train run underneath the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and underneath Richmond Road. 

The route will preserve the Byron Linear Parkway and will see the creation of a National Park along the Ottawa River. It will also see the redevelopment of Richmond Road to include better infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. 

Confederation Line West is one of three Stage 2 extensions to Ottawa's LRT system planned between 2018 and 2023. This extension will see LRT continue from Tunney's Pasture to Bayshore and Baseline Stations. 

Please click here for the report approved by Council on March 8, 2017 that explains in detail what the process going forward will be.  

Listed below are just a few examples of local benefits Stage 2 LRT will bring to Bay Ward: 

  • New Orchard station provides improved rapid transit accessibility
  • New integrated LRT/bus terminal at Lincoln Fields 
  • Reinstatement of Byron park to an improved condition/improved linear park connectivity and reduced traffic infiltration 
  • Richmond road complete streets will improve pedestrian and cycling environment/safety 
  • Upgraded sewers in area
  • Reinstatement of Transitway to natural condition 
  • Lawn ave parkette to be implemented

Crystal Beach Lakeview 

UPDATE: On June 13th we held a Public Consultation on the Bayshore to Moodie BRT to LRT conversion. I would like to thank all those from Crystal Beach Lakeview as well as those who joined us from Accora Village/Bayshore last night to discuss the Bayshore Station to Moodie Station Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to Light Rail Transit (LRT) conversion. 

As I had shared with the community at the opening of the meeting, over the last several days I have had the opportunity to meet with staff and constructively challenge their assessment of the 3 shortlisted potential locations of the LRT Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF). The result of those discussions and the staff’s further investigation led them to a place where they have removed the ‘preferred’ label from the northern most option for the LMSF that would abut the Solva Drive residential area, replacing a valued natural space. 

In my view – a view shared by many in the community – the ideal location for the LMSF is on the north side of the Queensway on the west side of Moodie drive. This location, placed between Corkstown Road and the 417 and adjacent to the Wesley Clover Parks lands would alleviate the residential pressure of a facility, preserve valued greenspace, and offer the added benefit of a ‘special event’ platform for LRT transit to events at the Wesley Clover Parks site.

Staff will, as a result of the feedback we heard last night, pursue more detail about how an LMSF could be located on Moodie’s western side and ameliorate community and NCC concerns.

The secondary discussion last evening was about the ideal location for the Corkstown LRT station. Simply put, is it better to have it on the Crystal Beach side of Moodie, replacing the BRT station currently being built (with some footprint increase) or, is it more preferable to place the station on the other (west) side of Moodie drive adjacent to Wesley Clover Parks lands. Opinion at last nights meeting was much more divided on this. In the room it seemed an almost 50/50 split but we are currently reviewing comments submitted at the meeting and those that will come in the days ahead. 

In summary: 

  1. There is no community appetite for the northern LMSF site near the rear of Solva Drive.
  2. There is broad appeal to locating the LMSF on the Western side of Moodie Drive
  3. There is mixed feedback on the ideal location for the Corkstown LRT station 

Staff will be reviewing and compiling feedback that you have offered and will offer.

I will be working with staff to evaluate how they translate that feedback into a more refined proposal for community consultation – at which point we will be back out asking your input once again. 

Thank you again if you were able to join us last evening. If you were not then we hope you will be able to make the next community meeting on this important issue. 

Thank you for the opportunity to continue working on the behalf of our community.

Bayshore and Accora Village

Bayshore Station

Bayshore Station, located at the existing Bayshore Transitway Station, will be the western terminus of the Confederation Line West extension. It will also be the eastern terminus of the West Transitway, a new BRT corridor running parallel to and just north of Highway 417 west of Bayshore to Moodie that will improve reliability and transit commute times for passengers commuting to/from farther west. Bayshore Station will be designed integrate with this $41 million investment—scheduled to be in operation by 2017—by facilitating easy and efficient transfers to and from this major transfer point between LRT and BRT.The recommended design will reuse much of the existing Bayshore Station infrastructure and occupy generally the same land area. Existing Transitway roadway and platforms will be converted to accommodate LRT, while the local bus platforms will be reconfigured to serve rapid transit buses and allow for efficient and convenient cross-platform transfers. Station design and layout will also be compatible with the new West Transitway Extension (Bayshore to Moodie). Local buses will continue to access the station via Woodridge Crescent, with direct pedestrian access to the station from this street.The northerly station building will be expanded to accommodate a fare-paid control zone where the existing overhead pedestrian walkway from Bayshore Shopping Centre connects into the station. Based on future mall plans, the overhead walkway may also be modified.

Station design and layout will also be compatible with the new West Transitway Extension (Bayshore to Moodie). Local buses will continue to access the station via Woodridge Crescent, with direct pedestrian access to the station from this street. The northerly station building will be expanded to accommodate a fare-paid control zone where the existing overhead pedestrian walkway from Bayshore Shopping Centre connects into the station. Based on future mall plans, the overhead walkway may also be modified.

Additional station features include:

  • An improved pedestrian/cycle link to Holly Acres Road and to Woodridge Crescent; 
  • Public washroom facilities; and
  • A bus staging area to the west of the station to facilitate short-term layover of buses

Station design remains flexible such that it can be integrated into the future development of adjacent commercial and residential lands. Other than a triangular piece of land required to facilitate bus movements at the station, no additional lands beyond those previously identified as part of the West Transitway Extension EA will be required.

Upon the approval of this report, staff will commence the detailed design for the at grade crossing at Holly Acres, pending the completion of the EA.

The sound attenuation walls that were identified by the Ministry of Transportation to be implemented as part of the West Transitway Extension (Holly Acres to Moodie) project to address highway noise remain part of the current project. 

Pinecrest 

As the City of Ottawa constructs the new Western Light Rail Transit Extension our office will ensure there is consideration given to the Pinecrest Creek Corridor.

We’ll be looking to reverse the erosion and degradation of the Pinecrest Creek as a result of recent development projects along the creek’s corridor.We will look to mitigate this problem in conjunction with the Western Light Rail Transit Extension. 

Pinecrest Station

The existing Transitway platforms will be decommissioned and the functional design shows a new LRT station with an open-air centre platform to be constructed in a cut below grade. From east of the station, access will be provided via pathways from the sidewalks and bus stops along Pinecrest Road – the east side pathway curving down and passing under Pinecrest Road along the LRT corridor. To the north and west, pathways to the Foster Farm community will provide pedestrian and cycling access.

Other station features include:

  • Enhanced pedestrian and cycling connections from both sides of Pinecrest Road south from Dumarier Avenue and Queensview Drive;
  • Improved pedestrian and cycling linkage over Highway 417 can be incorporated into the future replacement of the Pinecrest Road bridge when undertaken by MTO; and
  • Informal passenger pick-up and drop-off areas on Dumaurier Avenue and in a small turn around accessed from Pinecrest Road.

The City will look for opportunities to coordinate works with MTO plans for widening and renewal of Highway 417. A small area of the provincially owned highway interchange lands will be required for the LRT station and alignment. In addition, the
realignment of the intersection of the westbound highway on-ramps at Pinecrest will be required to facilitate bus stops on Pinecrest to provide good connections for riders to the LRT station platforms.

Queensway Terrace North / Whitehaven

UPDATE: On May 27th an Information and Collaboration session was held at Woodroffe High School. While the overall route has been determined, city staff and I received community input on understanding how we can build Stage2 into our already established neighbourhood. Protecting and enhancing the features of the neighbourhood important to residents while balancing the benefits the system will bring, is our most important responsibility. 

The forum included a presentation by the Stage 2 team on the project, as well as several breakout sessions. Please click here for the full presentation

Queensview station 

Queensview Station will be a new LRT station to serve communities and businesses on the north and south sides of Highway 417. The functional design shows the station within open-air centre platform with access at grade level via new pathway connections to Queensview Drive and Connaught Avenue.

Other features of this station include:

  • A new multi-use pathway bridge crossing of Highway 417 to Baxter Road to provide residents in this area near Iris Street and the Pinecrest and Baxter Road business districts with access to the LRT station;
  • Provision of accessible ramps, stairs and elevators from the station platform level to the pathway overpass; and,
  • Provision of passenger pick-up and drop-off along Queensview Drive and Baxter Road.

Some narrow widths of lands will be required from adjacent commercial properties along Queensview Drive that back onto Highway 417. Property requirements in this area have been identified in previous environmental assessment studies for the West Transitway (Woodroffe to Bayshore). On the south side, the land requirements for the 20 pathway overpass and access along Baxter Road can be accommodated within the right-of-way.

Lincoln Fields 

Lincoln Fields station

The existing Transitway station at Lincoln Fields is adjacent to the nearby public roads and is served by pathways and pedestrian bridges. The station consists of BRT platforms adjacent and parallel to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and local bus platforms running east-west adjacent to the north side of Carling Avenue. The future LRT station will be constructed south of the existing BRT station underneath the existing Carling Avenue Bridge over the Parkway. This compact station design shows a centre platform configuration to provide pedestrian access from street level on Carling Avenue down to the LRT platforms below. Lincoln Fields Station will act as a significant transfer hub to accommodate direct transfer from on-street buses to LRT below (Carling Avenue is designated as a Transit Priority Corridor in the 2013 Transportation Master Plan Affordable Network).

Other stations features and the new alignment benefits include:

  • Completely avoiding LRT flood risks
  • A straighter alignment reduces maintenance and risk of noise and vibration
  • Existing Transitway can be returned to NCC for reinstatement to natural condition
  • Similar capital cost, with significantly reduced flood risks and reduced infrastructure
  • Maintains Transitway operations during construction
  • Improved connections to adjacent neighbourhoods and pathways in the Pinecrest Creek Corridor; 
  • Decommissioning of significant portions of existing Transitway infrastructure; 
  • Maintaining of existing passenger pick-up and drop-off area to the northeast of the station; and,
  • Maintaining an OC Transpo Sales and Information Centres.

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New Orchard Station 

New Orchard Station will be a new LRT station serving the communities of Woodroffe North and Woodpark. While the LRT will be in a tunnel under the Byron Linear Park, the station will be below grade and open to the air in the Byron Linear Park between New Orchard and Harcourt Avenues. A compact, one-storey station house will provide pedestrian access to grade level from sidewalks and pathways on Richmond Road, Byron Avenue and within the linear park. The station design will minimize the area it occupies in the linear park and facilitates pathway connectivity.

Other station features include:

  • Provision of better cycling and pedestrian access to the station through the reconstruction of Richmond Road to provide a complete street with dedicated cycling facilities and improved pedestrian amenities; 
  • Adjacent pathways, trees, and landscape amenities when Byron Linear Park is restored after construction; 
  • Improved crosswalks at Richmond and New Orchard; and,25
  • Limited and well-defined passenger pick-up and drop-off opportunities along Richmond Road and/or Byron Avenue.

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Cleary station

The Cleary Avenue LRT station will be built at the corner of Cleary and Richmond Rd. This will improve access to transit for the surrounding community and limit the impact to private property. This alignment not only better serves the neighbourhoods nearby but also avoids the need to use any of the Unitarian campus land. 

I believe having Cleary Station located right on a main street – creates a better experience for residents and offers improved accessibility, visibility, and usability for the surrounding area.

The station will be fully buried with a 27 green roof to blend into the surrounding landscape and topography. The functional
design results from the 100-day solution and responds to NCC and local community concerns.

It has such features as:

  • Final station location, size, and design that will fit into the open space and community context; 
  • Access to the waterfront from the station and the community by maintaining existing pathways and providing a new multi-use pathway crossing under the Parkway; 
  • Direct pedestrian access to the station from Richmond Road via a broad walkway integrated into the streetscape; and,
  • Provision of limited and well-defined passenger pick-up and drop-off opportunities along Richmond Road and Byron, and discouraging these activities on Cleary.

Woodpark

Woodpark Pocket Park and Community Garden

My team and I are committed to bringing a pocket park and community garden to the community in Woodpark where there is a limited amount of green space and a need for more places for the community to gather.

This is a growing community in which more and more young families are making homes for themselves and we would like this pocket park to match that change.

As well, numerous trees were cut down at the end of Lawn Avenue because of the City’s program to reduce the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer and they should be replaced.

The plan is to close Lawn Avenue officially and work with the community association to design ideas for the space. Among the favourites are plans for a Tot Lot.

The community has also expressed interest in installing and maintaining their own community garden with assistance from our office in getting this project off the ground. We’ve had success in several other communities in launching community gardens such as Bayshore, Britannia Woods, and Michele Heights.

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Byron Park realignment 

Recent consultation with the community has created a series of benefits through an improved alignment of Byron Park, which includes: 

  • Reduced traffic impacts for all modes of transportation
  • Shorter construction duration
  • Bigger and improved Byron Linear Park
  • Fewer risks and disruptions to major utilities 
  • Reduced property and business impacts

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Carlingwood

Carlingwood residents will be able to access LRT at the Cleary station. 

Woodroffe North

Woodroffe North residents will be able to access LRT at the Cleary station or the New Orchard station depending on where they live. 

Richmond Road Complete Street  

Richmond Road is being redesigned as a complete street and when completed will be similar to Churchill. The basic idea behind the Richmond complete street is to be able to walk, cycle, drive, or by any other means of transportation go down the street and feel safe.   

The Stage 2 LRT team has committed to additional tree planting where possible, MUPs/cycle track coordinated with the Byron Linear Park design, and raised intersections for safety. 

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Our office is more than willing to work with residents on any number of issues. Please reach out to us to provide feedback on design, look and feel. We're happy to engage on a variety of issues.  


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