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Friday, February 24, 2017

Mayor's Newsletter Maech, 2017

Mayor's Newsletter / March 2017

Going farther, faster, with Stage 2 Light Rail Transit

On July 8, 2015, Ottawa City Council made completing the Confederation Line and getting the city ready for Stage 2 LRT our top transportation priority for the 2014-2018 Term of Council. At that same meeting, Council also unanimously approved the Stage 2 LRT Environmental Assessment and Functional Design Report.

Today, the city’s Finance and Economic Development Committee approved a report recommending the implementation of Stage 2 of Light Rail Transit, which includes important changes to the scope of the project, the procurement model and the specific activities the City will undertake to get ready to implement Stage 2. I am pleased to see that the recommendations in this report carefully and precisely respond to the directions and expectations set by Council in 2015.

The expanded scope of the Stage 2 LRT project includes final alignment adjustments, the construction of an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility in the Moodie Drive area, staggered openings to allow for faster expansions to LRT service, and the following extensions to the train lines:
  • Trillium Line extension to Bowesville and Riverside South in 2021;
  • An Airport Rail Link from South Keys Station on the Trillium Line in 2021;
  • Confederation Line East: beyond Place d’Orleans to Trim Road in 2022; and
  • Confederation Line West: beyond Bayshore to Moodie Drive by 2023, and southwest to Algonquin College.
The budget for the Stage 2 LRT project remains $3 billion, cost shared equally between all three levels of government. The new Moodie Extension is included within the original budget, while the $315 million of light rail infrastructure for the Trim and Airport Extensions are conditional on receiving 100 per cent federal and provincial funding.

Outside of the LRT projects, several other related works are being bundled with Stage 2.Highway 417 will be widened at the cost of $200 million completely funded by the federal and provincial governments, and Highway 174 will undergo its ultimate configuration between Blair Road and Jeanne d’Arc at the cost approximately $25 million, subject to funding.

Other City projects at the cost of $100 million have been already planned and budgeted for, but their work will be bundled with the light-rail work, in order to improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money and reduce impacts to the community.

The Stage 2 LRT report will go to City Council for consideration on March 8, 2017. We are just one step away from starting the implementation of this once in a generation expansion of transit, and building a true transportation network for our City’s future.

The Stage 2 LRT project is the largest infrastructure project in the City’s history. I therefore invite residents from across the City to participate in a public information session on the Stage 2 LRT proposal.
Residents can take part in this interactive online session or attend in person:

Date: Wednesday, March 1
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Interactive online session link: www.Facebook.com/CityofOttawa
In person location: Champlain Room, 2nd floor Heritage Building, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West

Support Ottawa's Bid to Host the
2021 Canada Summer Games

We need your help! Ottawa is bidding to host the Canada Summer Games in 2021!

The Canada Summer Games showcases the impressive athleticism and talent we have in our country, and there is no better place to stage this outstanding event than in Canada’s Capital.

The Canada Games Bid Evaluation Committee will be in Ottawa on Thursday, March 2, and we want to show them that the Ottawa community is behind the bid and that we are ready to host in 2021.

If you want to see Ottawa host over 4,600 young and up-and-coming athletes, PLEASE HELP US WIN THIS BID IN TWO SIMPLE WAYS: 
  1. We need 5,000 residents signed up in support of our bid. Please register your support for the Ottawa 2021 bid online here: http://ottawa2021.ca/#support 
  2. We want the Hashtag #Ottawa2021 to be trending on Twitter on March 2nd when the Evaluation Committee is here in Ottawa. Please sign up for our Thunderclap (one tweet will be issued from your account and the account of everyone else signed up for this Thunderclap, on March 2 at 9:30am): https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/53370-ottawa2021-canada-summer-games and use #Ottawa2021 in all your tweets throughout the day.