Next phase of Ottawa LRT gets $50M boost from province
This new funding is in addition to the more than $1 billion Ontario has already invested in stage 2 of the Ottawa LRT project
OTTAWA—Ontario is increasing its investment in the next phase of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
The province will contribute up to $50 million to the construction of a 3.4 km extension of the Trillium line to a new terminus station near Limebank Road in Ottawa’s Riverside South community. This new funding is in addition to the more than $1 billion Ontario has already invested in the Stage 2 LRT project.
The Ottawa Stage 2 LRT project is jointly funded by Canada, Ontario and the City of Ottawa. It will add over 40 kilometres of light rail and 24 new stations by extending the Confederation Line to the east and west and the Trillium Line to the south, including a spur to the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
Construction on Stage 2 LRT will begin following the completion of the Stage 1 Confederation Line and is expected to be fully in service by 2023.
The Stage 1 Confederation Line is expected to be in service in 2018.
“The new funding we are announcing today demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to managing congestion, reducing emissions and increasing transportation options through the single largest investment made by any provincial government to public transit in the City of Ottawa. We believe this is money well-spent to help grow healthy and sustainable communities in Ottawa,” said Kathryn McGarry, Ontario minister of Transportation, in a statement.