Ontario OKs environmental assessment for Ottawa LRT tunnel

Artist's rendering of potential tunnel portal

I’m a few days behind on the news, but note that the Province of Ontario has given its blessing to an environmental assessment of a proposed 12-kilometre light-rail transit line for Ottawa, according to the above story by reporter Robert Sibley of The Ottawa Citizen. 

The CAD $2.1 billion line would run from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station, including a three-kilometre tunnel through downtown Ottawa from LeBreton Flats to the University of Ottawa. If all goes according to plan, the line — just the first phase of a larger, $5.6-billion transit master plan — should be running by 2019.

Here is additional reporting from the Ottawa Business Journal, CBC News and CTV.

Of interest is this Aug. 20 post by Ottawa Citizen blogger Ken “The Bulldog” Gray, who raises an interesting question about the true status of federal and provincial funding.

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