OTTAWA — The Ontario government has announced a boost in spending of $50 million for the next phase of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
The provincial pledge will support the construction of a 3.4-kilometre extension of the Trillium line to a new terminus station near Limebank Road in Ottawa’s Riverside South community, a recent media statement said. The new funding is in addition to the $1 billion Ontario has already allocated to the Stage 2 LRT project.
The Ottawa Stage 2 LRT project is being jointly funded by the governments of Canada, Ontario and the City of Ottawa. It will add over 40 kilometres of light rail and 24 new stations by extending the Confederation Line to the east and west and the Trillium Line to the south, including a spur to the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
Preliminary construction on the Stage 1 Confederation Line began in April 2013, and the line is expected to be in service in 2018, the statement indicated.
Construction on Stage 2 LRT will begin following the completion of the Stage 1 Confederation Line and is expected to be in service by 2023.
Members of the Rideau Transit Group working on Stage 1 include SNC-Lavalin, EllisDon and Dragados Canada, with Alstom, Hatch Mott MacDonald, MMM Group and Fast + Epp among others also participating.
“I’m very pleased that we could bring LRT to another community in Ottawa. Riverside South is a fast-growing community, with an increase of nearly 40,000 residents expected in the next 10 years,” commented Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson in the statement.