10:30 p.m., June 27)
LRT extension to Trim Road could cost an additional $160M
By Fred Sherwin
of extending the second phase of Ottawa's light rail system
to Trim Road are hoping common sense will win out over
frugality after the release of a staff report showing
that it will cost an extra $160 million.
2 of the Ottawa light rail project includes extension
to the east, west and south ends. The east end extension
will connect the Blair Station to a future station at
Place d'Orleans; the western extension will go from Tunney's
Pasture to the Bayshore Shopping Centre and Baseline Station;
and the southern extension will extend the O-Train to
total estimated cost for Phase 2 is $3 billion, with all
three levels of government expected to pay an equal share.
Construction would begin immediately following completion
of the first phase in 2018.
in favor of extending the eastern portion of the light
rail line to Trim Road point to the fact that the city's
biggest park and ride lot is at Trim and Hwy. 174. If
the LRT line were to end at Place d'Orleans, commuters
using the park and ride lot would have to take a shutte
in order to get on the train.
sense would dictate extending light rail to Trim where
a number of future commercial developments will be located
including Petrie Landing III.
have examined the Trim extension as part of their LRT
Phase 2 update to be tabled at the next finance committee
meeting on Monday. The original scenario included stations
at the Orleans Town Cente and Tenth Line Road which would
increase the estimated cost to $237 million. Staff are
recommending that the cost could be reduced to $160 million
if the two additional stations are removed.
Trim extension must also tie in with the future widening
of Hwy. 174 from Trim Road to Rockland which isn't expected
until 2025 and beyond.
or not the Trim extension will follow in lockstep with
the completion of Phase 2 to Place d'Orleans will likely
depend on whether or not the second phase can be built
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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