Kick off for Con­fed­er­a­tion Line

Tun­nel con­struc­tion com­menced

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts cather­ine.kitts@tc.tc Twit­ter @catkitts

Royal Gali­peau, MP for Ottawa–Or­léans and MPP for Ottawa-Or­léans Phil McNeely joined Ottawa Mayor Jim Wat­son and city coun­cil­lors to mark the com­mence­ment of tun­nel con­struc­tion for the Con­fed­er­a­tion Line Light Rail Tran­sit sys­tem.

Elected of­fi­cials teamed up to com­plete the as­sem­bly of the first road header, the heavy ma­chine that will ex­ca­vate the down­town tun­nel and sta­tions. Each placed a steel tooth on to the cut­ting drum as a sym­bol of the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the three lev­els of gov­ern­ment in de­liv­er­ing this city trans­form­ing project.

"The Gov­ern­ment of On­tario is com­mit­ted to build­ing a stronger, more con­nected On­tario. The Ottawa LRT project is just one ex­am­ple of how the gov­ern­ment is in­vest­ing in in­fra­struc­ture to move On­tario for­ward," said MPP Bob Chiarelli. "This project is cre­at­ing lo­cal jobs, re­liev­ing our city’s con­ges­tion and most im­por­tantly, in­creas­ing Ottawa’s and On­tario’s global com­pet­i­tive­ness. I would like to thank our mu­nic­i­pal and fed­eral part­ners for their ded­i­ca­tion to this project."

For Mayor Jim Wat­son, the event pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to look to­wards Ott awa’s fu­ture. "The Con­fed­er­a­tion Line is the back­bone of our fu­ture trans­porta­tion net­work," he said. "I’m pleased we have reached this im­por­tant mile­stone on our way to re­mov­ing the bot­tle­neck of buses in the down­town core."

The Con­fed­er­a­tion Line is a $2.1 bil­lion project that is jointly funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada, the Prov­ince of On­tario and the City of Ottawa. The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is con­tribut­ing $600 mil­lion through the Build­ing Canada Fund. The City of Ottawa will also al­lo­cate up to $161.5 mil­lion of its fed­eral Gas Tax Fund trans­fers to this project. The Gov­ern­ment of On­tario is con­tribut­ing up to $600 mil­lion. In ad­di­tion, the City of Ottawa will al­lo­cate $287 mil­lion of Pro­vin­cial Gas Tax re­ceipts to the cap­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture. The re­main­ing project bud­get funds will come from de­vel­op­ment charge rev­enues and tran­sit re­serves.

"We are proud to col­lab­o­rate with the pro­vin­cial and mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments on this im­por­tant project," said Gali­peau. "The Con­fed­er­a­tion Line will make com­mut­ing more con­ve­nient and will re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion and air pol­lu­tion, re­sult­ing in im­proved qual­ity of life for fam­i­lies in the area."

This project is the first stage in Ottawa’s fu­ture rail net­work. The 12.5-kilo­me­tre elec­tric light rail sys­tem re­places ex­ist­ing diesel pow­ered buses, pro­vid­ing rapid tran­sit be­tween Blair Sta­tion in the east and Tun­ney’s Pas­ture in the west. The route in­cludes 13 sta­tions and a 2.5-kilo­me­tre tun­nel that will al­le­vi­ate con­ges­tion through the down­town core.

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