Step 2 TLR – Mayor Message from Ottawa Light Rail is Vimeo.


Ottawa – Mayor Jim Watson, Board members, as well as representatives of academic and business tourism and media sectors gathered in Ottawa for the official launch of a funding request to the federal and provincial governments for Step 2 LRT City.

The proposed Stage 2 will further reduce travel times by adding, in 2018-2023, 19 new stations and 30 kilometers of rail network in the Ottawa O-Train. From an economic point of view, the project should generate jobs representing 24,000 person-years, increasing tax revenues to about $ 170 million and generate economic benefits of about $ 3.8 billion for the local economy.

“We ask our provincial and federal counterparts to continue the excellent partnership we have created in the project of the Line of Confederation. We hope that our partners will maximize their contribution to the project, so that we can build on our initial momentum and move forward quickly and confidently with Step 2 LRT, “said Mayor Watson.

The request for funding from the City of Ottawa is supported by several Champions in Step 2 of the LRT project, including the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce of Orleans Tourism Ottawa International Airport MacDonald-Cartier International, the Association of Ottawa Hotels Gatineau, Ottawa Festivals, Algonquin College, Ottawa and several Investing Business Improvement Areas.

In addition, a recent survey of business growth by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce showed that 74 percent of business owners felt that the continuation of Ottawa LRT will have a positive impact on their business.

“The Step 2 LRT Ottawa will make a city even more attractive to establish and grow a business. Ottawa is the only capital in the G7 without rapid rail network. We must continue to strengthen our economy by making this smart investment in our future prosperity, “said Ian Faris, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.

“A reliable transportation network is still one of the key success factors to attract visitors and major events. Step 2 With the LRT, visitors can more easily discover our beautiful city, “added Geoff Publow, president of Ottawa Tourism.

“The Step 2 LRT will enable students from Algonquin College to move easily for years to come – from their home to their classrooms and our campus to their place of work and training, said Laura Stanbra, the Vice President of Student Services Algonquin College. This expanded public transport service also provide residents with easier access to our programs, our services and our learning businesses operated by students. We are delighted to be among the Champions Step 2 LRT and to fully support the City’s proposal. ”

Recent environmental assessment work have confirmed that the Step 2 could be built within budget of three billion as established in the 2013 Transportation Master Plan of the City. The project would extend the network of the Ottawa O-Train:

 – Eastbound: extend the line of Confederation eastward from Blair to Orléans, with stations in St. Joseph, Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard and Place d’Orléans Orléans;

 – Towards west and southwest: extend the line of Confederation west to Algonquin College and Bayshore, with stations in Westboro, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields Queensview, Pinecrest, Iris, Baseline and Bayshore;

 – Southbound: extend the O-Train to Riverside South and Bowesville, with a new station at Gladstone stations Walkley, South Keys, Leitrim and Bowesville.

When completed in 2023, Step 2 will ensure that almost 70 percent of residents will be within five kilometers of LRT.

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