This past Wednesday, June 8, I was pleased to participate in an announcement with Mayor Jim Watson, Kanata-Carleton MP Karen McCrimmon, and my fellow west-end councilors regarding the planning work that is needed to extend light rail transit (LRT) from Bayshore to Kanata.
Around this time last year, City Council approved the Stage 2 LRT Environmental Assessment and in an announcement last Friday, June 3rd, the Province of Ontario committed more than $1 billion to make Stage 2 a reality for 2023.
What this means is that it is time to begin focusing our efforts into making sure that the next phase of the LRT – extended the rail from Bayshore to Kanata – can also become a reality.
This is phenomenal news to be celebrated and shared by all west-end residents. I, along with the other west-end councilors, Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata North), Allan Hubley (Kanata South), and Eli El-Chantiry (West Carleton-March), have been advocating for some time for the extension of the LRT to Kanata and that vision is beginning to take shape.
The new Environmental Assessment will begin in January. If the City of Ottawa continues receiving financial support from the federal and provincial government, light rail construction beyond Bayshore
could begin as early as 2023 as Phase 3 or sooner as a potential extension of Stage 2.
I would like to thank Mayor Jim Watson, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Ward 7 Mark Taylor, as well as all residents who have voiced support for this addition.
As we all know, it is Stittsville’s booming population as well as Kanata’s high-tech industry that has prompted a west-end LRT extension to the City’s attention. Hopefully, this will help to remedy some of the difficulties experiences by some residents with long downtown commutes.
It is with anticipation that with this new environmental assessment underway, the new proposed extension will receive appropriate funding and land in West Ottawa as quickly as possible.
For all updates regarding the Confederation Line LRT, please visit www.ligneconfederationline.ca. To learn more about the current construction of the Light Rail Transit and to track its progress, please visit www.stage2lrt.ca. Working together, we can ensure that Ottawa remains a great place to live.