March 8, 2017
I am very pleased to report that City Council approved moving ahead with the Stage 2 project this morning to bring light rail transit to communities in the east, west and south.
The report for Stage 2 which was approved by Council, will include recommendations changing the scope of the light rail transit (LRT) project; the procurement model and the specific activities which the City will undertake to implement Stage 2.
An expansion of the scope of the Stage 2 LRT Project was approved, including construction of an additional Maintenance and Storage Facility in the Moodie Drive area, final alignment changes and the following extensions to train lines:
- Trillium Line extension south to Bowesville in Riverside South; and
- An Airport Rail Link from South Keys Station on the Trillium Line.
- Confederation Line West: beyond Bayshore to Moodie Drive, and southwest to Algonquin College;
- Confederation Line East: beyond Place d’Orleans to Trim Road;
The budget for the Stage 2 LRT project remains $3 billion, as approved in 2015. The new Moodie Extension is included within the original budget, while the Trim and Airport Extensions are conditional upon receiving 100 per cent federal and provincial funding.
Several related infrastructure works, such as widening of Highway 417 between Highway 416 and Maitland Avenue, are part of Stage 2.
A final Council report will be brought forward in early 2018 which will outline the results of the procurement process and related activities, leading to the final design and beginning of construction. The Stage 2 project is planned to proceed with staggered openings to allow for faster expansions to LRT service:
- Trillium Line South extension in 2021
- Confederation Line East including Trim in 2022
- Confederation Line West to Moodie by 2023