Today, the City of Ottawa received a maximum of $1.208 billion to build the Ottawa Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project from the Province of Ontario.
Premier Ford visited Ottawa to make this announcement. “Building a quality transit system is a big step forward in making sure Ottawa is open for business and open for jobs,” said Ford. “The people of this great city deserve a world-class transportation system that gets both them and the economy moving. This investment puts people first.”
“I am very appreciative that the Government of Ontario is investing with us to make Stage 2 LRT a reality for the residents of Ottawa,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Stage 2 will extend our LRT network to communities farther east, west and south. It will bring 77 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail service.”
The Ottawa Stage 2 LRT project will be capable of reaching a future capacity of up to 24,000 passengers per hour, each way during peak periods.
The Stage 2 LRT project will add 44 kilometres of new rail and 24 new stations, and consists of three light rail extensions:
- Confederation Line east to Trim Road
- Confederation Line west to Moodie Drive and southwest to Algonquin College
- Trillium Line south to Limebank Road, with a spur to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport
The Confederation Line east and west extensions are scheduled for completion in 2024 and 2025, respectively.