Ontario

Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne has announced plans to invest more than C$1bn ($770m) to expand the light-rail transit (LRT) project in the province, which will include addition of 30km of rail and 19 stations.

Ottawa City Council approved the Stage 2 LRT in 2013. This project will extend the LRT network to the east from Blair to Place-d’Orléans Station; to the west from Tunney’s Pasture to Bayshore Station and southwest to Baseline Station; and to the South from Greenboro Station to Bowesville in Riverside South.

Construction will begin in 2018, with plans to commence operations on the project in 2023. During the construction phase, the project will create nearly 1,000 full-time jobs.

Wynne said: "Our investment in the Ottawa LRT will make a big difference in people’s everyday lives. It’s one of a number of historic investments in infrastructure our government is making and it will help to create jobs and grow our economy now and for years to come."

"Upon completion, modern light-rail vehicles will be operated to reduce travel times and increase the economy."

Upon completion, modern light-rail vehicles will be operated to reduce travel times and increase the economy.

Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca said: "The province remains committed to working with the City of Ottawa as it moves forward with implementing its Stage 2 LRT project.

"We know how important public transit is to managing congestion, curbing emissions, creating jobs, and building communities."


Image: Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne. Photo: courtesy of ontario.ca.