Committee hears about milestones for Stage 2 LRT

Published on
November 1, 2022
Council, committees and City Hall
Parking, roads, traffic and transit

The Finance and Economic Development Committee received a detailed update today on Stage 2 LRT construction.

The project has progressed significantly in 2022: rail installation is underway along the O-Train East extension, as well as covering works for the cut-and-cover tunnel on the O-Train West extension. Testing and commissioning of seven new Stadler FLIRT vehicles is underway; they will run on the O-Train South extension. By the end of the year, seven of the 11 new pedestrian bridges will be installed to help enhance resident’s active transportation connectivity.

Today’s update included forecasted schedules for each alignment. Anticipated completion dates are:

  • September 2023 for the O-Train South extension
  • End of 2024 for the O-Train East extension
  • Late 2026 for the O-Train West extension

The Committee received an update on the City’s work on the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry. Staff were directed to bring the inquiry’s final report and recommendations to the appropriate Standing Committee and Council as soon as possible, along with a report outlining staff’s response to the inquiry report. The Committee also directed staff to improve clarity and rules regarding record keeping and information management, and to apply lessons learned from the Inquiry to ongoing City projects.

Council also received a status report on the Q2 Tax and Rate Operating and Capital Budget. While the City is currently in a surplus, the report forecasts a year-end deficit of more than $12 million as a result of costs associated with the derecho, protests and COVID-19 support.

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