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May 26 – LRT Sub-Committee

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Pictured above: Leitrim Station concourse

On May 26, the Light Rail Sub-Committee   received an update on the Stage 2 O-Train South Extension project and received a detailed report on the preparations for the public opening of the system.

You can watch our update  here or check out our summary below:

O-Train south construction progress

Progress on the O-Train South Extension continues advance. By the end of the year, construction on Line 2 and 4 will wrap up as we prepare for launch. We are working to complete stations, rail, and systems. You can check out progress by watching this video here.

Here are milestones to watch leading up to the opening of the O-Train South Extension:

  • Spring: Completion of track and rail systems installation
  • Summer: Testing and commissioning of Stadler FLIRT across the entire line
  • Through 2023: Completion of station and bridge construction
  • Fall: Trial running and substantial completion

Preparations for opening

With the opening of Line 2 and 4 fast approaching, the Stage 2 project shared the steps that needed to be taken prior to opening to the public. . Testing and commissioning of the system has already started and will expand across the full line from Bayview to Limebank later this summer. A series of approvals will need to be met prior to start-up from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) and Transport Canada (TC). Right before opening to the public, the system will undergo a trial running period to validate readiness for passenger service and to confirm that the complete system is operational.

Pictured above: Testing and commissioning of the Alstom LINT vehicles at the new Airport Station.

During Trial Running, daily updates will be provided to Council. Once Trial Running is complete, a technical briefing will be provided. For more information on Trial Running and the reporting process, please see the Trillium Line Extension Project report.

Peer review

OC Transpo is committed to ensuring that we deliver a safe, reliable and efficient rail system that meets the needs of our city. To ensure this, a peer review on the O-Train South Line was complete by two firms, SYSTRA Canada and RAPT Dev Canada.

As part of the review, they identified any potential issues that could arise when operating service begins. Mitigations will be put in place to reduce risks outlined in the review.

The next update to the Light Rail Transit Sub-committee will be in June.