Michael Sun, The Charlatan
The O-Train Trillium line will be closed for 16 months, from the end of exams in April 2020 to September 2021, which will affect Carleton students and staff.
The closure is to expand the O-Train line south to Bowmansville Road and the Ottawa International Airport by 2021. There will also be additional stations at Gladstone, Walkley, and South Keys.
The City of Ottawa will also expand the O-Train east to Trim Road by 2022, and to the Bayshore Shopping Centre and Algonquin College by 2023.
David Chernushenko, the city councillor for the Capital Ward, which includes Carleton, said there will be disruption for students and the public, but construction is necessary.
“There was going to have to be closure no matter what,” Chernushenko said. “Safety rules require that there be no work on a track when there are active trains running.”
He said closing the O-Train one time will lead to more efficient construction and communication with the public.
“If you’re going to tell customers O-Train service is down and there’s alternative bus service, you might as well just do it once,” he said.
The closure is part of the second stage of the construction of Ottawa’s light rail transit system (LRT).