• 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

    Quotes

    “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

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  • City proposes improvements to Trillium Line extension south

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson announced today a new alignment for the O-Train Trillium Line extension as part of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit project.

    The new alignment would move Bowesville Station to the edge of the urban boundary just southeast of the Bowesville and Earl Armstrong intersection, bringing rail almost a full kilometre closer to the Riverside South community. The new alignment also takes advantage of an existing City-owned rail corridor, ultimately reducing the environmental impact on sensitive green spaces, in addition to reducing potential land costs and simplifying construction.

    This new Earl Armstrong/Bowesville station and alignment also facilitates a potential future extension to Limebank Road to better integrate with the community of Riverside South as it grows. This potential future extension to Limebank requires an amendment to the existing Environmental Assessment for the Trillium Line, as well as a targeted update to the Community Design Plan for Riverside South. City staff will be completing these updates over the summer.

    The Trillium Line extension is one of the three extensions in Ottawa’s Stage 2 project package. In the South, the Trillium Line will be expanded to reach Bowesville Station with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport by 2021. In the East, the Confederation Line will extend to Trim Road by 2022. In the West, rail will reach Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.

    Once complete, Stage 2 will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometers 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 60 kilometres and include 41 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 of Ottawa secures funding for Stage 2 LRT

    Province of Ontario invests $1.16 billion into Phase 2. That’s billion with a “B”

    Quotes

    “The new proposed alignment will bring thousands of residents closer to rail and have a reduced impact on environmentally sensitive Greenbelt lands. In Riverside South alone, the City is forecasting a residential growth of nearly 15,000 households or approximately 40,000 people over the course of the next ten years.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    Quick Facts:

    • 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
      • 39 km of new rail
      • 23 new stations
      • South extension
        • 12 km including a spur to the Airport
        • 7 new stations
        • Completion 2021
      • East extension
        • 5 km
        • 5 new stations
        • Completion 2022
      • West extension
        • 15 km
        • 11 new stations
        • Completion 2023

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  • City of Ottawa secures funding for Stage 2 LRT

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson was pleased to welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility today, where the Government of Canada announced its financial support for the Stage 2 LRT project.

    The federal government has pledged to contribute up to $1.09 billion in total eligible costs to Stage 2 through their long term plan, Investing in Canada. This is in addition to the over $67 million the federal government committed to Stage 2 through the first phase of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund last year.

    Mayor Watson and Prime Minister Trudeau were also joined by Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli from the Province of Ontario, which has already promised to invest $1 billion towards Stage 2 LRT, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the Ottawa airport and from Place d’Orléans to Trim.

    The remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion, will be covered by the City of Ottawa.

    In the South, the Trillium Line will be expanded to reach Bowesville Station, with a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport, by 2021. In the East, the Confederation Line will extend to Trim Road by 2022. In the West, it will reach Algonquin College and Moodie Drive by 2023.

    Once complete, Stage 2 will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometers of efficient, clean and reliable rail service with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span nearly 60 kilometres and include 41 stations.

    The confirmed federal and provincial funding allows the City to move forward with its innovative procurement solution for the Stage 2 extensions, including issuing the Request for Proposals for the extensions of both the Confederation and Trillium Lines, as well as ordering the additional vehicles required to service the expanded system.

    Quotes

    “Today’s announcement puts the final piece in place for the funding of the Stage 2 LRT project. We can now plan to put shovels in the ground in 2019 as we continue expanding our world-class LRT system. Building Stage 2 will not only create jobs during construction, it will also give Ottawa a competitive edge to attract talent and new businesses to our city once the project is complete.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Stage 2 will change the way commuters travel around the city. It will save you time and get you to work and home faster, expanding the reliability, accessibility and comfort of light rail transit. It will save residents money with reduced car costs, including fuel costs, vehicle wear and tear and even accident avoidance. It will take 14,000 vehicles off the road during rush hour and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 110,000 tonnes and air contaminants by 3,000 tonnes every year.”
    Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair, Transit Commission

    Quick Facts:

    • 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
      • 38 km of new rail
      • 23 new stations
      • South extension
        • 11 km including a spur to the Airport
        • 7 new stations
        • Completion 2021
      • East extension
        • 5 km
        • 5 new stations
        • Completion 2022
      • West extension
        • 15 km
        • 11 new stations
        • Completion 2023

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    Confederation Line
    Ready for Rail
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  • Council approves Stage 2 plan to build rail to east, west and south

    Ottawa City Council today approved moving ahead with the Stage 2 project to bring light rail transit farther and faster to communities in the east, the west and the south.

    The Stage 2 report approved by Council includes recommendations changing the scope of the light rail transit (LRT) project, the procurement model and the specific activities the City will undertake to implement Stage 2.

    An expansion of the scope of the Stage 2 LRT Project was approved, including construction of an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility in the Moodie Drive area, final alignment changes and the following extensions to train lines:

    • Confederation Line West: beyond Bayshore to Moodie Drive, and southwest to Algonquin College;
    • Confederation Line East: beyond Place d’Orleans to Trim Road;
    • Trillium Line extension south to Bowesville in Riverside South; and
    • An Airport Rail Link from South Keys Station on the Trillium Line.

    The budget for the Stage 2 LRT project remains $3 billion, as approved in 2015. The new Moodie Extension is included within the original budget, while the Trim and Airport Extensions are conditional on receiving 100 per cent federal and provincial funding.

    Several related infrastructure works, such as widening of Highway 417 between Highway 416 and Maitland Avenue, are being bundled with Stage 2. This will improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money and reduce impacts to the community. The Stage 2 project will generate more than 21,000 person-years of employment.

    The City will continue to work with its existing partner, Rideau Transit Group, to ensure an integrated and consistent expanded rail system while maximizing the amount of work to be procured under new competitions.

    The Stage 2 expansion of the O-Train network will be undertaken through two new procurements:

    • A new $2.5-billion Design-Build-Finance competition for the Confederation Line East and West extensions (includes Airport, Trim and Highway 417, and City-bundled works); and
    • A new $535-million Design-Build-Finance-Maintain competition for the Trillium Line extension to the south.

    With this Council approval, the project can go to market later this winter. A final Council report will be brought forward in early 2018 outlining the results of the procurement process and related activities, leading to the final design and beginning of construction. The Stage 2 project is planned to proceed with staggered openings to allow for faster expansions to LRT service:

    • Trillium Line South extension in 2021
    • Confederation Line East including Trim in 2022
    • Confederation Line West to Moodie by 2023
  • Public Information Session on Stage 2 LRT

    Residents are invited to participate in an online interactive public information session on the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, the largest infrastructure project in the City’s history, where they will have the opportunity to ask questions in person or via Facebook Live.

    On Wednesday, March 1, at 6:30 p.m., City staff will deliver a presentation on the Stage 2 LRT project before taking residents’ questions. The presentation will be broadcast live on the City of Ottawa’s Facebook page, where residents can post questions during the session as part of an online question-and-answer period. They will also be able to view the public information session on the City’s YouTube channel.

    Residents can attend in person at one of the following locations:

    • Main event: Champlain Room, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
    • Satellite event: Hunt Club-Riverside Park Community Centre, 3320 Paul Anka Drive – hosted by South end Councillors, beginning at 6 p.m.

    Simultaneous translation will be available at the City Hall location. For more details, please visit ottawa.ca

    Please request any disability-related accommodation requirements by calling 613-580-2424, extension 44211 or email Jennifer.Charles@ottawa.ca.

     

  • City shares significant news about plans to move forward with Stage 2 Light Rail Transit

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission, and City of Ottawa staff today shared significant news about plans to move forward with the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project.

    City Staff also provided a detailed presentation of a related report on Stage 2 LRT, in advance of the tabling of the report at the Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24, and at City Council on March 8. The briefing included an update on significant changes to the scope of the project, information on the final alignment adjustments, the recommended procurement model and the specific activities the City will undertake to get ready to implement Stage 2.

    Following extensive public consultation and preliminary engineering work, an expansion of the scope of the Stage 2 LRT Project is being proposed, in order to extend light rail further and faster to the West, South and East:

    • Confederation Line West: beyond Bayshore to Moodie Drive, and southwest to Algonquin College;
    • Confederation Line East: beyond Place d’Orleans to Trim Road;
    • Trillium Line extension to Bowesville and Riverside South; and
    • An Airport Rail Link from South Keys Station on the Trillium Line.

    As part of the Western Line extension, an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility will be built in the Moodie Drive area to continue to fast-track LRT progress westerly and service the 8,500 public servants at the new Department of National Defence employment hub at the former Nortel Networks campus.

    The briefing also laid out the City’s innovative approach to the procurement of the Stage 2 Project, continuing to work with existing partner Rideau Transit Group (RTG) to ensure an integrated and consistent expanded system while maximizing the amount of work to be procured under new competitions.

    The Stage 2 expansion of the O-Train network will be undertaken through two new procurements:

    • A new $2.5-billion Design-Build-Finance competition for the Confederation Line East and West extensions (includes Airport, Trim and Highway 417, and City-bundled works); and
    • A new $535-million Design-Build-Finance-Maintain competition for the Trillium Line extension.

    The $3 billion in light rail contracts will be bundled with additional City infrastructure projects in order to improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money, and reduce impacts to the community. The total of over $3.6 billion in combined work will generate over 21,000 person-years of employment.

    Upon approval of this report by Council, the project will go to market later this winter. A final report will be brought forward in early 2018 outlining the results of the procurement process and related activities, leading to the final design and beginning of construction. The Stage 2 project will proceed with staggered openings to allow for faster expansions to LRT service:

    • Trillium Line South extension in 2021
    • Confederation Line East including Trim in 2022
    • Confederation Line West to Moodie by 2023

    Quotes

    “In 2013, Council set out an ambitious goal for our City: to extend and share the benefits of light rail to more people in Ottawa by going farther and faster to the South, East and West. Today, staff delivered a report that, once approved, will transform Ottawa’s LRT network into a world-class transit system. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with our Federal and Provincial partners on this important environmental transportation vision.”
    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

    “Thanks to the experience and knowledge gained through the construction of Confederation Line, we are on track to the next stage of delivering a world-class transit system to our residents. When Stage 2 is fully complete in 2023, we will have added over 38 kilometres of new rail and 23 new stations to Ottawa’s transit system.”
    Councillor Keith Egli, Chair of the Transportation Committee

    “Over the next few years we will see our vision of a city-wide affordable transit system becoming reality, with this transformational investment in light rail increasing the quality and reliability of our service. More and more people will opt for transit as their first transportation choice, and not just for their daily commute, but for trips out with their families, to the game, the theatre – and not just to downtown.”
    Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the Transit Commission

    Quick Facts:

    • The Stage 2 Implementation report provides recommendations that meet the directions given by Council in the “Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental and Functional Design Report,” approved by City Council on July 8, 2015. If approved, it will allow for a competitive procurement process for all three Stage 2 extensions and the related supporting projects, and permit the projects to be built within the City’s affordability envelope.
    • The Stage 2 LRT Project budget is $3 billion (excluding the Trim Extension with one station at $160 million, and the Airport Rail Link with two stations at $155 million).
    • The Trim and Airport extensions will only proceed if they are fully funded by the federal and provincial governments; on June 3, 2016 the province of Ontario has committed to covering half of the capital costs for both of these projects.
    • Once the federal funding commitment is confirmed, the City can proceed with the release of the Stage 2 Request for Proposals.
    • The Moodie extension is expected to be achievable within the original budget envelope for Stage 2.

     

  • Historic transit win for Ottawa residents

    On June 3, the Province of Ontario announced an investment of $1 billion towards the City’s Stage 2 LRT initiative, plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the airport and from Place d’Orléans to Trim. This is a total investment of $1.16 billion. This is an historic vote of confidence in the future of the City of Ottawa.

    This is also the single largest one-time infrastructure investment by the Province of Ontario in the economic transformation of our city.

    My stated goal as Mayor of the City of Ottawa, working with my Council colleagues, is to ensure that we continue to expand our LRT system to meet the needs of our residents – we don’t want to put shovels away in 2018 once the Confederation Line is complete.

    With the Province’s support, we can keep building on this momentum as we work to extend LRT farther west to Bayshore and Algonquin College, even farther east to Trim, and farther south to Riverside South and to the Ottawa Airport.

    The Province’s investment strengthens our ability to deliver a reliable, world-class, environmentally sustainable LRT system.

    By reducing traffic congestion and better connecting our city, this project will support our region’s economic success – boosting Ottawa’s competitive edge and the ability of local firms to compete with the world, while welcoming a greater number of visitors from around the globe with a modern light rail system that will enhance the visitor experience in our magnificent city.

    Stage 2 will see us further expand Ottawa’s O-Train network to a system with more than 50 kilometres of rail. The reach of this investment will bring 70 per cent of the city’s population to within five kilometres of a station by 2023.

    This is a game-changer for Ottawa – for our local economy, for our environment, for spurring smart growth, and for our quality of life.

    It will provide fast, comfortable and convenient connections between our residential areas, our largest employment areas, major retail outlets, and key cultural and recreational destinations.

    It will also support our efforts to build an education and innovation powerhouse, anchored by our four post-secondary institutions – the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Algonquin College and La Cité Collégiale.

    As for improving the quality of life for our Ottawa residents – we know an hour spent in gridlock is an hour away from family and other much more productive endeavours.

    Stage 2 will take more than 10,000 cars off the road, it will dramatically reduce the number of buses on our streets and roads, and will help fight gridlock in our fast-growing city.

    The system will integrate stations into the urban fabric of our neighbourhoods and will improve walking and cycling, as well as providing a transit system that is accessible to all.

    Friday’s funding announcement symbolizes the progress we have made as a city.

    I am very proud that Council unanimously carried the proposal to build the Confederation Line, followed by the unanimous decision to build Stage2.

    Without that teamwork, we would not be here today.

    I am also proud of the tremendous support we have received from the people of Ottawa since launching our proposal to bring LRT to Ottawa and to build it with a downtown tunnel.

    Demand for LRT is growing across our city as residents seek a sustainable alternative to the worsening gridlock.

    Ottawa used to be the laughing stock of the province after north-south rail was cancelled. That is no longer the case.

    We are moving forward with a bold plan with the unwavering support of the Province of Ontario. In the coming months, we will work with the Government of Canada to secure their contribution to Stage 2 LRT as well.

    My commitment to the residents of Ottawa is to stay the course and pull out all the stops to see this vision through.

    The Province’s funding commitment is a very important stop en route to our goal of building a world-class transit system for the residents of Ottawa.

     

  • Ontario Committing More Than $1 Billion for Stage 2 LRT in Ottawa

    Today, the Province of Ontario announced more than $1 billion in funding towards the City of Ottawa’s Stage 2 LRT expansion project. This historic investment in our City will boost our economy, connect our city and improve the quality of life of residents.

    Read the official Province of Ontario News Release below


     

    News Release

    Ontario Committing More Than $1 Billion for Light Rail Transit in Ottawa

    June 3, 2016

    New LRT Will Create Jobs, Drive Growth and Improve Quality of Life

    Ontario is committing more than $1 billion toward the City of Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) expansion project to help grow the economy, reduce travel times and connect people to jobs.

    Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the investment in Ottawa today. The funding represents the largest provincial transit investment in Ottawa’s history. New, modern light rail vehicles on tracks separated from regular traffic will offer fast, efficient service and improve travel for people across the region. The expanded LRT will also lower greenhouse gas pollution, improving air quality and fighting climate change.

    The Stage 2 LRT project will add 30 kilometres of new rail and 19 new stations, extending the LRT network to the east, west and south. Ontario’s funding commitment will also help support the capital costs of two additional extensions: a spur to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport and an extension to Trim Road in Orléans. These will add 6.5 kilometres of new rail and three stations. Construction on Stage 2 is expected to start in 2018, once the Stage 1 Confederation Line is completed. Stage 2 is expected to enter service in 2023.

    Ontario’s funding for Stage 2 is part of the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history — $160 billion over 12 years — for projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. The planned investments would support 110,000 jobs on average every year across the province. In 2015, Ontario announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.

    Investing in priority transit infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

    Quick Facts

    • Ontario has already committed up to $600 million towards the Stage 1 LRT project, called the Confederation Line — a $2.1 billion project that is jointly funded with the Government of Canada and the City of Ottawa.
    • Stage 2 will extend the Ottawa LRT network to the east from Blair to Place-d’Orléans Station; to the west from Tunney’s Pasture to Bayshore Station and southwest to Baseline Station; and to the South from Greenboro Station to Bowesville in Riverside South.
    • Ontario’s commitment of more than $1-billion will also support two additional extensions, a two-stop spur from the Trillium Line to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, and a one-stop extension of the Confederation Line further east from Place-d’Orléans Station to Trim Road in Orléans.
    • Construction is expected to generate nearly 24,000 person-years of employment, or nearly 1,000 full-time jobs.

    Additional Resources

    Quotes

    “Our investment in the Ottawa LRT will make a big difference in people’s everyday lives. It’s one of a number of historic investments in infrastructure that our government is making. It will help to create jobs and grow our economy now and for years to come.”
    — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

    “The province remains committed to working with the City of Ottawa as it moves forward with implementing its Stage 2 LRT project. We know how important public transit is to managing congestion, curbing emissions, creating jobs and building communities.”
    — Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

    “Ontario’s funding of Stage 1 and now Stage 2 of LRT is a major contribution to the economy and quality of life of Canada’s capital city; an efficient and complete transit system is a necessity for our dynamic city.”
    — Bob Chiarelli, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean

    “This is the largest one-time infrastructure investment‎ by the province of Ontario in the economic transformation of our city. On behalf of the City of Ottawa, I would like to thank the Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, and local caucus members for this historic vote of confidence in Ottawa’s future.”
    — Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

  • City of Ottawa and partners launch Stage 2 LRT funding request

    Stage 2 LRT – Mayor’s Message from Ottawa Light Rail on Vimeo.

     

    Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Council members, and representatives from Ottawa’s business, tourism and academic communities have united together to officially launch the City’s LRT Stage 2 funding request to the federal and provincial governments.

    The Stage 2 project will further reduce commute times by adding 19 new stations and 30 kilometres of rail to Ottawa’s O-Train system between 2018 and 2023. From an economic standpoint, the project is expected to generate 24,000 person-years of employment, increase tax revenue to approximately $170 million, and provide an economic output of $3.8 billion to the local economy.

    “We are asking our provincial and federal counterparts to continue the great partnership we have established with the Confederation Line,” said Mayor Watson. “It is our hope that our partners will maximize their contributions to the project so we can continue the momentum, and proceed swiftly and confidently with Stage 2 of LRT.”
    The City of Ottawa’s funding request is supported by several Stage 2 LRT Project Champions, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa Tourism, Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport, the Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association, Ottawa Festivals, Algonquin College, Invest Ottawa and several Business Improvement Areas.

    In addition, a recent business growth survey by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce indicated that 74 per cent of business owners feel that Ottawa’s LRT expansion will have a positive impact on their business.

    “Stage 2 of LRT will make Ottawa an even more attractive city to create and grow a business,” said Ian Faris, of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. “Ottawa is the only G7 capital without a rapid rail system. We need to keep our economy moving by making this smart investment in our future prosperity.”

    “Reliable transportation is always a key success factor for attracting visitors and major events,” said Geoff Publow, Chair of Ottawa Tourism. “Stage 2 of LRT will make it easier for visitors to explore our beautiful city.”

    “Stage 2 of LRT will keep Algonquin College students moving for years to come – both from their homes to their classes, and from our campus to their work and co-op placements,” said Laura Stanbra, Vice President of Student Services at Algonquin College. “This expanded transit service will additionally provide residents with easier access to our student-run learning companies, programs, and services. We are delighted to serve as a Stage 2 Rail Champion and add our full support to the City’s proposal.”

    It has been recently confirmed through Environmental Assessment work that Stage 2 can be constructed within the $3-billion budget that was established in the City’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan. The project would extend Ottawa’s O-Train system:

    East: Extend the Confederation Line east from Blair to Orléans, with stations at St.Joseph, Jeanne D’Arc, Orléans Drive, and Place d’Orléans.
    West and southwest: Extend the Confederation Line west to Algonquin College and Bayshore, with stations at Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields, Queensview, Pinecrest, Iris, Baseline and Bayshore.
    South: Extend the O-Train to Riverside South and Bowesville, with a new station at Gladstone, and stations at Walkley, South Keys, Leitrim and Bowesville.
    When completed in 2023, Stage 2 would bring LRT to within five kilometres of almost 70 per cent of residents.

    For more information on Stage 2 of LRT, please visit stage2lrt.ca.

  • WLRT Corridor Recommendation

    I am writing to update you on the work undertaken by the NCC-City Working Group regarding the western light rail transit (LRT) corridor.

    I am pleased to inform you that the Working Group has reached an agreement in principle, which was announced at a joint press conference with the NCC this morning.

    This agreement meets all of the City of Ottawa’s objectives in its unanimously-approved Transportation Master Plan and will remain within our affordability plan for the project. We would also be able to keep our long-standing commitment to the community to protect the Byron Linear Park and Rochester Field while providing even better access to the waterfront.

    Background

    In late November 2014, I met with then-Minister John Baird to discuss our Stage 2 LRT project. At that meeting, we had a very constructive discussion about this important project. We agreed to a 100-day dialogue between the City and the NCC to find a mutually satisfactory solution for the western extension of the Confederation Line between Dominion and Cleary.

    In December, the City of Ottawa and the NCC formed a joint Working Group to address this issue. The City representatives on the Working Group were Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli, Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais, Bay Ward Councillor and Deputy Mayor Mark Taylor, and City Manager Kent Kirkpatrick.

    I want to thank Councillors Egli, Blais, and Taylor for their hard work alongside our City Manager and our partners at the NCC. This was a very intensive review process which was supported by technical and urban planning expertise, and one that led to a historic outcome today.

    I also want to thank Minister Pierre Poilievre for his leadership. He was named Minister Responsible for the NCC during this process and brought the same constructive tone as his predecessor to this important partnership.

    The solution

    The Working Group has recommended a solution that would allow the western LRT extension to be fully buried under realigned Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway lanes between Dominion and Cleary stations. You will be pleased to learn that this solution would remain within the City of Ottawa’s project budget envelope.

    This solution would bring many benefits for the City of Ottawa, the NCC, local residents, and indeed all Canadians:

    – Protection of the Byron Linear Park and Rochester Field;

    – Minimal visual impact on the landscape and experience by users of the corridor

    – Continuous access to the corridor lands and 38% more usable shoreline parkland

    – Improved cycling and pedestrian access via two new crossings under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

    – Retention and enhancement of the mature forest, lands and landscaping elements

    – An eventual reduction of nearly 500,000 bus trips annually on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway

    Of course, these highlights are on top of the city-wide benefits of our larger Stage 2 LRT project, which includes 30 kilometres of rail and 19 new stations. We hope to break ground on this world-class project once the Confederation Line is operational in 2018, which will help us deliver reduced commute times, cleaner air, and a stronger economy.

    Into the future, this recommended route would perfectly complement the NCC’s vision to create a new linear park of national significance along the waterfront.

    Moving forward

    Residents will be able to provide public feedback as part of the public outreach activities planned for the Confederation Line west LRT extension Environmental Assessment (EA) process:

    Monday, March 30
    Evening (time to be announced)
    Ottawa City Hall
    Jean Pigott Place

    This will be an open house to review the 100 Day Working Group Solution between Dominion and Cleary Station.

    The NCC will discuss the solution and the results of the public consultation session at its Board of Directors meeting in April.

    The Transportation Committee and Council will have the opportunity to review and discuss the results of the EA processes for all Stage 2 projects, including the Confederation Line west extension in June. The EA report will provide a recommended alignment for each of the corridors based on a technical review and results of the public consultation sessions for these extensions.

    The materials presented today, including a visual of the proposed alignment can be found online at ottawa.ca/stage2.

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