$1B from province for Ottawa's LRT phase 2 in question

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  2. Less than three weeks before city council is set to award its largest single contract ever, Ottawa officials still don't know if the provincial government will ante up its third of the bill for the $3-billion LRT expansion.

    The previous Liberal government committed $1.2 billion for Phase 2 of light rail in a letter to Mayor Jim Watson in May 2018 to help pay to extend the O-Train system to Trim Road in the east, Moodie Drive in the west, the Riverside South town centre near Limebank Road in the south, as well as connections to Algonquin College and the airport.

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    Mayor Jim Watson says he's been told that Premier Doug Ford was on board to fund $1.2-billion of the LRT expansion, but there's been no agreement less than three weeks before council is set to award the contract. (CBC)Watson said after the council meeting Wednesday that he's "been assured on a number of occasions by local MPPs, and by the Premier himself … that they are fully on board for phase two."
    He said he'd be speaking with an official in Premier Doug Ford's office "later this week or early next week. And our desire is to have that information before we go to committee of the whole at the end of February to talk about stage two and award the contract."

    Ford indicated support for LRT2
    During the provincial election, Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford said he was behind expanding the light rail in Ottawa.

    "The PC Party has committed to province-wide funding for transit, which includes completing stage 2 of Ottawa's Light Rapid Transit project," Ford wrote in a letter to Watson during the campaign. (See the letter here.)

    After he was elected premier, Ford appeared supportive. Watson said on a number of occasions that Ford was clear the province is going to fund its portion of the next extensions to Ottawa's light rail line.

    And last October, shortly after the municipal election, the Ontario Treasury Board wrote in a statement to CBC that "during the campaign, the Premier committed to moving forward with Phase II of the Ottawa LRT. We are reviewing the agreements made between the City of Ottawa and the Government of Ontario to ensure taxpayers' money is spent as efficiently and effectively as possible."

    Months later, no cash
    But several months later, the province's review of the LRT Phase 2 funding does not seem to be completed.

    In response to further questions from CBC, the Ontario Treasury Board stated again that "all projects approved by the government must represent the best use of public funds to go forward."

    Also, the statement pointed out that Ottawa received $37 million in gas tax funding last month to help provide public transit services. The Ministry of Transportation could also not provide any assurances that the $1 billion for the second phase of LRT was headed this way.

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    It's hard to see how the LRT expansion could be completed on time in 2023 when the awarding of the contract keeps moving, and given that the Confederation Line has been delayed twice so far. (CBC)Delays start to appear unavoidable

    Council is set to vote on the winning bid on Feb. 27. The awarding of the contract to expand the LRT has already been delayed twice, once at the request of the bidders and another time due to last fall's election. The project is supposed to begin this summer, and be completed by 2023.

    It's hard to see how the expansion can meet its original schedule given that the contract date keeps moving, and that the first phase of LRT is almost a year late at this point. While the Confederation Line is supposed to be handed over to the city on Mar. 31, Rideau Transit Group — the SNC Lavalin-led consortium building the light-rail line — refuses to answer media requests about whether it will meet that date.

    Officials from RTG are supposed to come to council's finance committee next Tuesday during an update on the $2.1-billion Confederation Line project.

    In the meantime, Ottawa city manager Steve Kanellakos said the city is "confident we're going to be able to award [the contract] this spring" but said that it would not go ahead until it had written assurances first.
     
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    省选当晚Jim Watson就表示了他的LRT concern。。
    福特要报答905选区啊:(
     
  4. New Person

    New Person 资深人士 ID:11416

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    KANATA有的是人在DOWNTOWN上班
     
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    让热老师给掐掐,LRT停摆,riverside south是不是得降十万呀。。phase 15明天可就release,这消息发的可真是时候:(
     
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    请热老师拿去铁锹带领锐鸡寨民去市区挖坑建路:monster:
     
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    905选区是不是一到选举就是微信花式谣言的炮制发源地的那个选区:monster:什么选福特反大麻就是从那里来的吧
     
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    Oh, send hot teacher to Riverside south to dig then.
    :rolleyes:
     
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    热老师这次掐脚趾头也掐不出一个B来啊!:dx:
     
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    我前几天不是掐算了50尺 RICHCRAFT KNL9 开盘比RS高100K? 你们还不服气??? :cool::cool:

    LRT 2期停摆或推迟5年因为政治斗争, 对瑞琪山是一大利好!!!! 对保住EOM大学区是一大利好!!!:)
     
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    看看这RS RICHCRAFT报价吧,再想想这些户型放在KNL9要多少钱? 100K+ 不是吗?
    掐指是门大学问啊, 学院派学究派别整天不把掐指当回事。 :):)


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    支持福特一分钱也不给。:D
     
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    福特省长还真是瑞琪山,EOM学区的贴心人啊。:cool:
     
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    渥太华的轻轨就是个吞钱的无底洞。
     
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    轻轨沿线的房价已经priced in了。。增加基础设施对城市终究是好事,而且钱不给我们,NM又落多伦多人手里了:(支持市长去死磕。。
     
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    即便修建起来,将来也是个沉重包袱背着。
     

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