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Prime Minister Trudeau Visits Alstom Plant

During a June 16 visit to Alstom’s Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility near Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced up to $1.09 billion (Cdn.) in Canadian federal funding for the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Stage 2 Project, matching a previous commitment by the province with the city responsible for the balance.

“The expansion of Ottawa’s light rail transit system will make it easier for residents and visitors alike to get around and experience everything our capital city has to offer,” Trudeau said. “This expansion will help Canadians get to work and back home to their families on time, make our air cleaner and create good, well-paying middle-class jobs.”

Alstom welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to the light rail vehicle assembly area of Belfast Yard for Trudeau’s announcement of federal funding for Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light rail project.

The new funding is in addition to more than $67 million (Cdn.) committed to the project by the federal government last year.

Watson, who also attended the event, said the federal funding “puts the final piece in place,” adding, “We can now plan to put shovels in the ground in 2019 as we continue expanding our world-class LRT system.”

Future expansions of OC Transpo’s O-Train will include a link to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport by 2021. When Stage 2 is complete in 2023, it will bring 70 percent of Ottawa residents within 5 km (about 3 miles) of rail service, with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses employees during his visit to Alstom’s Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility. Behind Trudeau is Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s minister of infrastructure and communities.

Photo courtesy of City of Ottawa

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