Province Finds $50 Million To Extend Trillium Line South

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The Ontario government will provide $50 million in new money to extend the light-rail Trillium Line 3.4 kilometres into Riverside South Town Centre.

The extension, which will be announced on Thursday, is designed to take pressure off north-south road routes where congestion is a serious problem.

As well the new line is expected to be funded by about $30 million in development charges.

The money is being added to the procurement of Phase 2 light rail, now in early planning stages.

This extension will be accompanied by a new park-and-ride and a shuttle is expected to be created to ferry Barrhaven residents to the new Riverside South station.

The Trillium Line was originally begun as the O-Train that was designed as a temporary demonstration project for light rail in Ottawa but surprisingly is still the only operating LRT line in Ottawa.

Phase 1 of light rail, the Confederation Line under construction now at $2.1 billion, has been dogged by massive sinkholes and, under City of Ottawa stewardship, is late. It was expected to be operating this month but that deadline has been pushed back to November and some analysts believe Phase 1 won’t be completed then.

The November target extends the completion of Phase 1 past the Oct. 22 municipal election date.

 

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4 thoughts on “Province Finds $50 Million To Extend Trillium Line South

  1. Who knows, perhaps they will eventually extend the diesel version of LRT through to Barrhaven by 2031, using the iconic Strandherd bridge that the city paid for.

    Regrettably, the previous sentence breaches the Truth in Advertising laws twice, as there is nothing “light” about diesel, nor is there anything iconic about the Strandherd bridge. Having said that, when donkeys fly, one should refrain from critiquing them for style.

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    1. @Ron Benn:

      I believe the bridge you are talking about, was paid for twice by the city or maybe three times depending on the story you believe.

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      1. Kosmo, the cost of bridge that I am referring to was included in the Bob Chiarelli LRT plan to move people from Kanata, Barrhaven, Riverside South, and South Keys to downtown (and back). With the cancellation of the contract signed by the city and Seimens, it is my recollection that Ottawa had to pay Seimens a princely sum in foregone profits.

        A number of years later, Ottawa had to pay for the bridge, the one that Mayor Watson referred to as iconic, with a reference to the Eiffel Tower. In fairness, His Honour may have been saying that with tongue in cheek, but given his wooden delivery, it was reported as a serious comment.

        In any event, as is far too often the case, the city selection process did not identify that whether the selected builder had sufficient financial resources to complete the job. The bridge builder eventually filed for insolvency protection. The performance bond that the bridge builder posted as part of the contract was called on by the city. Whether the cost to complete the bridge exceeded the amounts available under the performance bond is a question that I cannot answer. I suspect that the answer to that question was a victim of the Watson administration’s interpretation of what constitutes, “open, transparent and accountable” government.

        All of which is a long winded way of saying – you are probably right. What would have cost the city 33.3% under the usual intergovernment infrastructure funding formula, cost us at least 100%, and perhaps more.

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