Feds recommit funding for Stage 2 of city’s LRT project
Construction on second phase set to begin in 2019
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.
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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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