• Mary Ann Varley receives the City Builder Award

    Mary Ann Varley was recognized for her community leadership in visual arts and cultural development. The City Builder Award was presented to her by Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor and Beacon Hill-Cyrville Councillor Tim Tierney on behalf of Mayor Jim Watson at yesterday’s Council meeting.

    Ms. Varley has volunteered with Arteast, a not-for-profit organization that helps its members develop their abilities and interests in the visual arts, in a variety of leadership positions. She has served as the President and Vice President of the organization, and now helps guide Arteast’s board and mentor other members.

    Arteast fosters the growth of visual arts in Ottawa and the surrounding regions. In support of the organization’s community outreach, Ms. Varley has led the Grow With Art speaker series since 2009, and supported other outreach activities and art exhibitions. A life-long artist that generously and selflessly gives her time, Ms. Varley is also an active member of the Ottawa Art Association.

  • Mayor Watson seeks input on important City of Ottawa issues from local provincial candidates and party leaders

    Today, Mayor Jim Watson issued a short questionnaire to local provincial candidates and their respective party leaders, seeking their input on important City of Ottawa related issues.

    All received responses will be posted on Mayor Watson’s website www.Jimwatsonottawa.ca, simultaneously, without editorial comment, on Monday, June 4. The intention of this respectful initiative is to ensure local issues specific to Ottawa receive provincial attention in the lead-up to the June 7 provincial election.

    The questionnaire’s responses will outline each party’s position on issues of great interest to the City of Ottawa, its residents and businesses.

    Click here to view the questionnaire.

  • Karen Taylor receives the City Builder Award

    Mayor Jim Watson and West Carleton-March Councillor Eli El-Chantiry recognized Karen Taylor for her long-standing community leadership in Fitzroy Harbour, especially during the 2017 spring flood response, by presenting her with the City Builder Award at today’s Council meeting.

    In her long-serving role as president of the Fitzroy Harbour Community Association, Ms. Taylor has been a master organizer of many successful local fundraising events and activities, such as Harbour Days summer festival, the Winter Carnival, the Spring Fling fundraiser, and the New Year’s Eve community event. Her leadership and community spirit were also key to securing the funding to improve the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre.

    Last May, Karen Taylor displayed the same passion and leadership for her community during the response of the 2017 spring floods. Her organizational skills were instrumental in organizing both volunteers and actions to help her community and neighbours in need.  Her community spirit has continuously brought together her fellow neighbours in both good times and bad.

  • City and LRT partners install last piece of rail of O-Train Confederation Line

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean, to secure the final piece of track on the O-Train Confederation Line.

    Participating dignitaries began the event by paying tribute to Canada’s history. Standing in front of the iconic 1885 image showing the driving of the last spike for the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Mayor honoured the past while looking forward to the city’s transit future. Attendees then boarded the train at Tremblay Station and travelled along the track and into the downtown tunnel of one of the most advanced Light Rail Transit (LRT) systems in North America. Once inside the tunnel, officials hammered rail clips to secure the final piece of rail into position. The installation took place a few hundred metres west of the uOttawa Station.

    Beginning in June 2013, the Transitway from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair was closed to bus traffic in segments in order to convert the roadway to LRT track. Installing the last piece of track on the 12.5 km Confederation Line marks a major milestone for the project. The completion of track construction, as well as ongoing testing and commissioning activities, means OC Transpo’s Electric Rail Operators and many other key staff members will get first-hand experience operating the entire system from one end to the other in the near future. Work continues on the 13 LRT stations between Tunney’s Pasture in the west and Blair in the east, as the Rideau Transit Group works toward handing the system over to the City later this year.

    For more information on the O-Train Confederation Line, please visit OC Transpo’s Ready for Rail web section at octranspo.com/ready4rail.

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with us through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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    “The excitement continues to build as we get closer to completing the city’s largest infrastructure project since the building of the Rideau Canal. Today’s milestone demonstrates the constant progress that is being made on this transit project, which will truly transform our city.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “As the future of public transportation in Ottawa draws closer, I am happy to celebrate this important milestone. The laying of the last piece of track for the O-Train Confederation Line highlights a very exciting time for the city. When the line opens, it will help riders move around quickly and efficiently, curbing emissions and providing a world-class transit system.”
    Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

    “Today we are here to celebrate a very important milestone for the O-Train Confederation Line Light Rail Transit project. When the O-Train Confederation Line opens it will help manage congestion, curb emissions and improve travel for people across this region. Ottawa’s LRT initiatives represent the single largest investment any provincial government has made to support Ottawa public transit.
    The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean

    Quick facts

    • The cost of the project is $2.13 billion, jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa.
    • The Confederation Line is 12.5 km in length.
    • It contains 13 stations from Tunney’s Pasture Station in the west to Blair Station in the east.
    • It contains four underground stations including Lyon, Parliament and Rideau in the downtown core, and St-Laurent in the east.
    • Total length of the track, including the Belfast Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) Connector track and yard, is 33 km.
      • O-Train Confederation Line is 25 km
      • MSF Connector is 1.3 km
      • MSF Yard is 6.7 km
    • 169,940 rail clips were used across the entire alignment.


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    Confederation Line
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  • City secures funding to extend O-Train Trillium Line to the heart of Riverside South

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson was joined today by The Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Ottawa West—Nepean, to announce provincial funding for the proposed O-Train Trillium Line extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to Limebank Road as part of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.

    The Province of Ontario is committing $50 million to fund the anticipated $80M cost of the 3.4 kilometre extension from Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station to a new terminus station approximately 200 metres west of Limebank Road in the future Riverside South Town Centre community. Provincial funding will support capital costs, including an additional train required to service the extension. The City is also finalizing details with the Riverside South Development Corporation, a partnership between Urbandale Corporation and Richcraft, to implement a privately supported area-specific development charge that would raise the additional funding required to implement this extension. The Province’s financial contribution is in addition to the more than $1 billion contribution to the fully funded O-Train Trillium Line and Confederation Line extensions that are proceeding as part of the Stage 2 LRT Project. This is the single largest investment any provincial government has made to support public transit in Ottawa.

    When the Stage 2 Trillium Line enters revenue service in 2021, it will use high efficiency diesel powered Stadler FLIRT (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) vehicles. These trains are 80 metres in length and are approximately double the passenger capacity of the current Trillium Line vehicles. The Stadler FLIRT meets the highest rated international environmental and performance standards for its class of vehicle and offers the potential for future electric conversion. In addition, the FLIRT model will have four doors for passenger boarding, further supporting AODA compliance and providing an improved customer experience.

    Extending the Trillium Line to Limebank Road integrates LRT within the heart of Riverside South, fostering higher transit adoption rates, efficient land use, and helping reduce north/south traffic congestion by providing reliable public transit options. With LRT offering peak commute times that can compete with car trips, more people will choose LRT as a first transportation option.

    An addendum to the Trillium Line Environmental Assessment will be filed with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) this June. A connectivity study for Limebank Station will occur as part of the Riverside South Community Design Plan update, anticipated to take place later this year.

    The Trillium Line extension is one of the three extensions in Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project. In the south, the Trillium Line will be expanded to reach Limebank Station, with a link to the Ottawa International Airport by 2021. In the east, the Confederation Line will extend to Trim Road by 2022. In the west, the Confederation Line will extend to Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.

    Once completed, Stage 2 will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometres of fast, efficient, clean and reliable rail, with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span 64 kilometres and include 42 stations.

    For more information on City programs and services, visit ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). You can also connect with the City through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    City proposes improvements to Trillium Line extension south

    City of Ottawa secures funding for Stage 2 LRT


    “We have a responsibility to build the infrastructure that Ontario needs to maintain a strong economy and our high standard of living. The additional funding that we are investing in Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT project today will be used to connect people and communities across Ottawa through new, modern, sustainable public transit. These investments are vital to support our quality of life today and for the future.
    Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure

    “I’m very pleased that we could bring LRT to another community in Ottawa, and I want to thank the Province for making this happen. Riverside South is a fast-growing community, with an increase of nearly 40,000 residents expected in the next ten years. Bringing LRT to the area provides attractive options to commute to work, shop at the future Riverside South Town Centre, go downtown and enjoy an evening out, or to travel to the airport.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Riverside South will be a premiere family friendly community in Ottawa with this substantial investment in infrastructure.  The extension of the Trillium Line will result in a stress free and environmental friendly alternative to automobiles for those residents commuting to downtown Ottawa. The future for Riverside South is bright!”
    Terry Nichols – President of Urbandale Corporation

    Quick Facts:

    • Trillium Line (existing)
      • Length – 8 km
      • Number of stations – 5
    • Confederation Line (Stage 1)
      • Length – 12.5 km
      • Downtown tunnel – 2.5 km
      • Number of stations – 13
    • Stage 2 (Confederation Line and Trillium Line)
      • 24,000 people per direction per hour at peak capacity
      • 44 km of new rail
      • 24 new stations
      • South extension
        • 16 km including a spur to the Airport
        • 8 new stations
        • Completion 2021
      • East extension
        • 13 km
        • 5 new stations
        • Completion 2022
      • West extension
        • 15 km
        • 11 new stations
        • Completion 2023

    Stage 2
    Confederation Line
    Ready for Rail
    OC Transpo

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