Federal government allocates $156 million for Ottawa transit projects

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An artist's rendering of a new pedestrian bridge near Lansdowne Park.

The federal government has announced $156 million in funding for Ottawa transit projects, including $10.5 million for a new bike and pedestrian bridge over the Rideau Canal.

The government says the spending, part of a bilateral agreement between the federal and provincial governments, will result overall in more than $2.97 billion in funding. The federal government will provide $1.49 billion under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, covering as much as 50 per cent of the funding for projects under the agreement.

In addition to the bridge between Fifth Ave. and Clegg St., other significant funded items include $45 million for Stage 2 LRT engineering work and $20 million for two train sets.

More projects are also in the works.

“To reach this agreement, projects representing a significant portion of the total federal funding for transit needed to be identified,” the news release said. “The following projects have been approved for federal funding (throughout the province) amounting to $688,745,733 to date. With the agreement now in place, all eligible communities will be invited to nominate projects for funding beginning in early September.”

Image: An artist’s rendering of a new pedestrian bridge near Lansdowne Park.

Here is the list of approved Ottawa-area projects:

Project Name
Federal Funding
Anticipated Start Date

Mann Avenue Transit Structure Replacement
$2,500,000
April 1, 2016

Transit operator crew room at Bayview station
$750,000
April 1, 2016

Tunneys Pasture Bus Loop
$1,500,000
April 1, 2016

Carleton Siding – Spring switch replacement with new powered switches
$1,250,000
April 1, 2016

Walkley rail intersection track improvements
$5,500,000
April 1, 2016

Customer waiting areas at major Confederation Line stations
$1,000,000
April 1, 2016

Modern signalling and control system for O-Train Trillium Line
$1,000,000
April 1, 2016

Elevator at Tremblay station
$500,000
April 1, 2016

Multi-Use Pathway (Michael St. to St-Laurent)
$100,000
April 1, 2016

Booth Street Bike Track from Sir John A MacDonald to Albert
$1,000,000
April 1, 2016

Bicycle shelters at Transitway stations to encourage multimodal travel
$75,000
April 1, 2016

Enclosed bicycle parking areas at Transitway stations to encourage multimodal travel
$250,000
April 1, 2016

Park and ride lot improvements
$1,250,000
April 1, 2016

Rural bus stop improvements
$200,000
April 1, 2016

Bus shelters
$375,000
April 1, 2016

Concrete bus pads
$175,000
April 1, 2016

Emergency phone upgrades at Transitway stations
$1,000,000
April 1, 2016

Passenger information displays
$1,000,000
April 1, 2016

Smartbus infrastructure on board buses
$2,250,000
April 1, 2016

OC Transpo – Merivale Garage – Driver facility and elevator
$750,000
April 1, 2016

OC Transpo – Pinecrest Garage, sewer line replacement
$750,000
April 1, 2016

Transitway (Busway) Pavement Resurfacing
$1,500,000
April 1, 2016

Fare gate entrances at Transitway stations
$875,000
April 1, 2016

Transit operator crew room at Hawthorne loop
$250,000
April 1, 2016

Acquisition of 2 train sets
$20,000,000
April 1, 2016

LRT Stage 2 – Early works and preliminary engineering
$45,000,000
April 1, 2016

LRT Stage 2 – Bridge to grade separate VIA/O-Train Elwood diamond
$1,250,000
April 1, 2016

Kanata LRT Extension – Environmental Assessment
$1,500,000
April 1, 2016

Aboriginal consultation (including other transit and active transportation projects)
$100,000
April 1, 2016

Cost sharing for improvements of cycling and pedestrian links at MTO overpasses
$1,000,000
April 1, 2016

Advanced Renewal  Projects Supporting LRT Stage 2
$1,550,000
April 1, 2016

Baseline Transit Corridor – Bayshore to Billings- Design
$6,000,000
April 1, 2016

Transit Priority Projects
$4,350,000
April 1, 2016

Acquisition of 17 new buses
$6,800,000
April 1, 2016

Chapman Mills transit corridor – Beatrice to Longfields
$1,500,000
April 1, 2016

Rideau River Crossing – Confederation Heights to Carleton University – pedestrian/cycling
$775,000
April 1, 2016

Rideau River Crossing – Bank at Riverside (near Billings Bridge), pedestrian/cycling
$1,025,000
April 1, 2016

Rural cycling routes (misc locations)
$2,025,000
April 1, 2016

Heron Road (Data Centre/Heron Station to Bank), EB and WB bike tracks
$325,000
April 1, 2016

Heron Rd (Colbert Pathway to east of Jefferson)-EB bike tracks only
$275,000
April 1, 2016

Richmond Rd – south side sidewalk reconstruction around Croydon for cycle track
$550,000
April 1, 2016

Kanata North cycle link (Carling at March Rd)
$400,000
April 1, 2016

Kanata North cycle link (Herzberg at March Rd)
$525,000
April 1, 2016

Trillium Pathway extension  phase 3 (Carling to Dows Lake)
$275,000
April 1, 2016

AODA Enhancements of Intersections
$1,500,000
April 1, 2016

Hunt Club Cycling Links (Riverside to Paul Benoit)
$275,000
April 1, 2016

Queen Elizabeth Drive – Crossings at Commissioner’s Park and at Queen Elizabeth Place – pedestrian/cycling
$375,000
April 1, 2016

Rideau River Pathway – lighting and link through park
$625,000
April 1, 2016

New sidewalk links to improve connections with public transit
$775,000
April 1, 2016

McArthur Street Bike Lane
$175,000
April 1, 2016

Trans Orleans Pathway alignment modification
$500,000
April 1, 2016

Cardinal Creek Park 18A multiuse pathway
$650,000
April 1, 2016

Manotick – Multi-Use Pathway between Main St and River rd and addition of MUP to two bridges
$600,000
April 1, 2016

Multi-Use Pathway Renewal (misc locations)
$2,150,000
April 1, 2016

Sidewalk Renewal (misc locations)
$1,750,000
April 1, 2016

TDM (Bus detours) during LRT construction
$15,000,000
April 1, 2016

Rideau Canal Crossing (Fifth to Clegg)
$10,500,000
April 1, 2016

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