6:30 p.m., Aug. 24)
Feds, province to invest $156M in local transit projects
By Fred Sherwin
Tuesday, the federal government and the province of Ontario
announced a joint funding initiative that will see the
two levels of government invest $155.9 million in 56 transit
projects throughout the National Capital Region over the
next three years.
majority of the money represents the first installment
of funding for Phase 2 of the light rail transit system,
including the future extension of the LRT from Blair Road
Transit Station to Trim Road, as well as funding for 17
additional buses; emergency phone upgrades at transit
stations; pedestrian and cycling links; and expanded park-and-ride
to the east end, the investments include $500,000 for
a trans-Orléans pathway alignment modification;
and $650,000 for a multiuse pathway in Cardinal Creek
The money to be invested is part of a $2.7 billion public
transit infrastructure fund that will be invested province-wide.
funding announcement was made beside the Rideau Canal
with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and Attorney General Yasir
Naqvi in attendance, as well as Orléans Coun. Bob
Monette who was especially happy to see funding for the
trans-Orléans and Cardinal Creek pathways included
in the list of projects.
Cardinal Creek pathway will provide residents access to
the future Park 18A which will complete the construction
of both phases of the Cardinal Creek Community Park,"
this month, the province also announced that it would
be spending $1.5 million to improve emergency room care
in Ottawa hospitals and another $12.4 million on projects
that may include upgrades or replacements to roofs, windows,
HVAC systems, fire alarms and back-up generators.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)