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Orléans Ward
Matt Luloff

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Tim Tierney


(Posted 9:30 a.m., June 17)
Feds come through
with their share of LRT
Phase 2 funding
By Fred Sherwin

When it comes to funding a multi-billion dollar transit project, it's better late than never, which describes the reaction of City of Ottawa officials to Friday's announcement that the federal government is committing $1.15 billion to the second phase of the light rail transit project.

Prime Minster Justin Trudeau made the announcement himself during a news conference at the O-Train Belfast Yard maintenance and storage facility attended by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and a number of city councillors including all four east end representatives. Orléans MP Andrew Leslie was also in attendance.

Orléans Coun. Bob Monette (left) and Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais shake hands their west end counterparts Shad Qadri and Allan Hubley following the announcment that the federal gvernment would be providing $1.15 billion in funding to LRT Phase 2. Photo provided

Phase 2 of LRT includes extensions to the east, west and south. Here in the east end, it will extend light rail from Blair Road at the Gloucester Centre, to the Trim Road park and ride lot going down the middle of the Hwy. 174 with stations at Jeanne d'Arc Blvd. and Place d'Orléans.

The total estimated cost of the project is $3.6 billion. Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2019, once Phase 1 operational, and should take five years to complete.

“Stage 2 will take 14,000 vehicles off the road during rush hour and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110,000 tonnes and air contaminants by 3,000 tonnes every year,” Cumberland Ward Coun. Stephen Blais said in pointing out the benefits of the second phase of LRT.

The Province of Ontario announced it's share of the funding last year, and the former Harper government had previously said it would step up to the table during the 2016 election campaign. After the Conservatives lost the election, the ball was placed in the court of the newly-elected Liberals who made transit infrastructure a major priority in the federal budget.

The $1.6 billion committed to Ottawa LRT is just a fraction of the $21.1 billion total that has been set aside for public transit projects across Canada.

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


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