Next Phase of Ottawa LRT Gets Major Boost from the Province
Ontario to Fund Trillium Line Extension to Ottawa’s Riverside South Community
Ontario is increasing its investment in the next phase of Ottawa's Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, extending the line further to help manage congestion, reduce emissions, and increase transportation options for commuters and families in the capital region.
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, was in Ottawa today to announce that Ontario will contribute up to $50 million to the construction of a 3.4 km extension of the Trillium line to a new terminus station near Limebank Road in Ottawa's Riverside South community. This new funding is in addition to the more than $1 billion Ontario has already invested in the Stage 2 LRT project-the single largest investment any provincial government has made to support Ottawa public transit.
Riverside South is one of the fastest growing areas in Ottawa. Extending the Trillium Line to Limebank Road would encourage more people to take public transit and promote better planning through efficient land use as the Riverside South community continues to grow.
The Ottawa Stage 2 LRT project is jointly funded by Canada, Ontario and the City of Ottawa. It will add over 40 kilometres of light rail and 24 new stations by extending the Confederation Line to the east and west and the Trillium Line to the south, including a spur to the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.
- Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $2.3 billion to public transit in the City of Ottawa, including more than $452 million in Gas Tax Funding.
- Preliminary construction on the Stage 1 Confederation Line began in April 2013, and the line is expected to be in service in 2018.
- Construction on Stage 2 LRT will begin following the completion of the Stage 1 Confederation Line and is expected to be fully in service by 2023.
- Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, public transit, roads and bridges in the province’s history – $230 billion over 14 years. To learn more about what’s happening in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.
“The new funding we are announcing today demonstrates Ontario’s commitment to managing congestion, reducing emissions and increasing transportation options through the single largest investment made by any provincial government to public transit in the City of Ottawa. We believe this is money well-spent to help grow healthy and sustainable communities in Ottawa.”
“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 in the future.”
“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.”