OTTAWA – The Government of Canada is providing the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority with $6.4 million for the construction of a light rail transit (LRT) station at the airport.
Construction of the station is underway and is expected to be completed in summer 2022.
The funding will come from Transport Canada’s Airport Critical Infrastructure Program.
The airport LRT station will be a three-story elevated structure connecting the airport terminal at the north end of Level 3 to the LRT station platform which will provide fully accessible connectivity for all users of the LRT who travel to and from the Ottawa Airport.
The federal government is also providing the airport authority with $5.6 million from Transport Canada’s Airport Relief Fund to help the airport maintain continued airport operations and essential air services for residents and workers in the National Capital Region and surrounding communities, indicates a release.
“Today’s announcement and the confirmation of funding for the Airport Terminal Station is welcome news,” said Mark Laroche, president and CEO, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority, in a statement. “It will help us fulfil our commitment to build the station and ensure that YOW’s passengers, airport employees and surrounding communities are well served by reliable, predictable light rail service well into the future. Connecting the airport with the city centre and beyond by rail will be an important selling feature as the aviation and tourism industries recover and we work to bring major events and conferences back to Canada’s Capital Region.”