Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced up to $1.09 billion in funding for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project, which will better connect the east, west and south areas of Canada’s capital. The Government of Ontario has also made a similar funding commitment to the project. The City of Ottawa is responsible for the balance of the funding.
“The Government of Canada is proud to be part of this important project for the National Capital Region, in partnership with the Government of Ontario and the City of Ottawa,” said Amarjeet sohi, minister of infrastructure and communities. “Public transit is at the heart of our government’s vision to build strong, sustainable and inclusive communities. A project like the Ottawa LRT will make it easier for people to connect with the services they need while reducing gridlock and greenhouse gas emissions.”
With Ottawa’s population expected to grow to 1.14 million people over the next 15 years, it is important that the city’s public transit becomes more efficient and inclusive for residents and visitors.
Stage 2 of this project will see an additional 38.8 kilometres of rail and 23 new stations added to Stage 1 of the light rail transit system currently under construction. This new stage of construction will begin in 2018.
When construction is completed in 2023, 70 per cent of Ottawa residents will live within five kilometres of light rail transit. In addition to reducing congestion, increasing ridership, and improving safety, the expansion will allow people from Orléans, Nepean, and South Ottawa to quickly and easily get around the city.
In addition to what was announced today, over $66 million in approved federal funding through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund has been provided for four projects related to Stage 2: $45M for early works and engineering, $20M for new light rail vehicles, $1.25M for design of a rail-to-rail grade separation, and $100K for consultation with Indigenous communities.