9:30 a.m., June 17)
with their share of LRT
Phase 2 funding
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
$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.
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