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Connecting more of Ottawa’s communities: TransitNEXT chosen preferred proponent on Trillium Line Extension Project

Montreal March 7, 2019

SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary TransitNEXT, has been selected by the City of Ottawa as the preferred proponent for the Trillium Line Extension project. The project will include the addition of approximately 12 kilometres of single and double track, extending the Trillium Line from Greenboro to Limebank, and a 4-kilometre spur line, a section of which will be elevated guideway, for quick connections to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

The project will also include: 

  • Extension of five station platforms on the existing Trillium line (Bayview, Carling, Mooney’s Bay, Carleton and Greenboro) to accommodate longer trains.
  • Construction of two new stations on the existing Trillium Line at: Gladstone and Walkley.
  • Four new stations along the extension at: South Keys (connecting to the Airport link), Leitrim, Bowesville and Limebank. 
  • Two new stations along the new spur line at: Uplands and Airport Terminal.
  • Supplying 7 new Stadler vehicles and overhauling 6 existing Alstom trains. 
  • Construction of a new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF).
  • Maintenance of the system for 27 years. 

As the sole proponent in the TransitNEXT team, SNC-Lavalin will design, build, finance and maintain the new extension, and will also assume responsibility for the long-term maintenance of the existing Trillium Line. 

The Trillium Line extension will cost approximately $660 million, with SNC-Lavalin providing approximately $136 million in private capital contributions. It will provide new light rail transit connections for communities in Riverside South, and it will bring Manotick, Findlay Creek, Greely, Osgoode, and other communities to the south closer to rail connections.

The extension will help reduce north/south traffic congestion with dependable public transit options that offer improved operational reliability. 

“The Trillium Line extension is an exciting transit expansion project that has been designed to not only address the City of Ottawa’s needs in the shorter-term, but also allow for future conversion to twin-track electric. We are proud to have the opportunity to further contribute our experience and expertise toward the growth of this transit network and help our nation’s capital achieve its vision of shorter commutes, cleaner air and a stronger economy,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, President, Infrastructure at SNC-Lavalin. 

“We look forward to our partnership with the City of Ottawa and the opportunity to build new relationships and a stronger presence with residents, businesses and organizations in the community,” said Stéphanie Vaillancourt, Executive Vice-President, Capital at SNC-Lavalin.

A follow-up announcement will be made at financial close, which is expected to occur in the coming weeks.

About SNC-Lavalin

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin is a global fully integrated professional services and project management company and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure. From offices around the world, SNC-Lavalin's employees are proud to build what matters. Our teams provide comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across oil and gas, mining and metallurgy, infrastructure, clean power, nuclear and EDPM (engineering design and project management). On July 3, 2017, SNC-Lavalin acquired Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, which has been integrated into our sectors.


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