Today at the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility, I was pleased to join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli, Mayor Jim Watson, and my councillor colleagues 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.
These funds, in addition to the $1 billion 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 already promised by MPP Chiarelli and the Province Ontario, is an integral step to ensuring that Stage 2 LRT will officially be moving forward.
The remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion, will be covered by the City of Ottawa as part of our committed portion to the project.
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.
I am thrilled to share this news with all residents as it means that LRT will be taking one step closer to Stittsville where the Stage 3 hub is currently planned for.
I would like to thank Prime Minister Trudeau and the members of the Ottawa caucus in the federal government for this investment in Canada’s capital region. I would also like to pass along my thanks to MPP Chiarelli and local provincial caucus members for their contributions to local infrastructure. Finally, I would like to thank Mayor Watson and my colleagues along with our municipal transportation staff for all of their hard work in making these efforts a reality.