On Friday March 22nd, Councillor Kavanagh attended the important announcement by the Ontario Government. They will provide the City of Ottawa with a maximum of $1.208 billion to build the Ottawa Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) project.
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 Trillium Line south extension is scheduled for completion in 2022, and the Confederation Line east and west extensions are scheduled for completion in 2024 and 2025, respectively.
- Through earlier investments, the Ontario government also committed up to $600 million toward the Ottawa Stage 1 LRT project.
- Stage 2 will create jobs and investment by generating a projected 27,000 person-years of employment and an economic impact of $5.6 billion.
- Stage 2 will reduce Ottawa’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 110,000 tonnes by 2048.