Feds recom­mit fund­ing for Stage 2 of city’s LRT project

Con­struc­tion on sec­ond phase set to be­gin in 2019

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - Front Page - Ryan Tu­milty

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has recom­mit­ted fed­eral fund­ing for the sec­ond stage of Ottawa’s LRT sys­tem, mak­ing avail­able up to $1.09 bil­lion to com­plete the mas­sive project.

The sec­ond stage of the sys­tem will ex­tend the Con­fed­er­a­tion Line to Trim Road in the east and Moodie Drive in the west.

It will also in­clude con­nec­tions to Al­go­nquin Col­lege and ex­tend the cur­rent O-train out to the air­port.

Trudeau said the fund­ing was a ful­fil­ment of prom­ises made both dur­ing the cam­paign and in the lat­est fed­eral bud­get.

“Our gov­ern­ment was elected to de­liver and we’re fol­low­ing through on those prom­ises to­day,” he said at a Fri­day press con­fer­ence at the Belfast Train Yards.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said the ex­ten­sion would bring rail within five kilo­me­tres of 70 per cent of Ottawa’s pop­u­la­tion, re­duce con­ges­tion and im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Stage 2 is for the mother and fa­ther who will get to spend more time at the din­ner ta­ble with their fam­i­lies be­cause of re­duced com­mute times.”

With all three lev­els of gov­ern­ment now com­mit­ted to the project, Watson said, con­struc­tion will be­gin in 2019, just af­ter the Con­fed­er­a­tion Line’s first phase opens. The whole sys­tem is sched­uled to open in 2023.

This is the sec­ond time a

a real an­nounce­ment with real dol­lars.

mayor Jim Watson

Ryan Tu­milty/metro

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau re­acts as he switches on a o-train sign at a press event be­fore he an­nounced fund­ing for stage 2 of ottawa’s lrt sys­tem.

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