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(Posted 10:30 p.m., June 27)
LRT extension to Trim Road could cost an additional $160M

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Proponents 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.

Phase 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 Riverside South.

The 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.

Those 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.

Common sense would dictate extending light rail to Trim where a number of future commercial developments will be located including Petrie Landing III.

Staff 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.

The 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.

Whether 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 on budget.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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