Last week, council endorsed the selection of the Rideau Transit Group to build the Confederation Line at a fixed price of $2.1 billion. The Confederation Line is the 12.5-kilometre light rail transit (LRT) project, which is a major part of Ottawa’s new rail and rapid bus public transit system.
The city will enter into a formal agreement with RTG to design, build, finance, and maintain the LRT line from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair Station. Construction is expected to begin in late February 2013, when RTG will begin widening Highway 417 between Nicholas Street and the 417/174 split. The two additional lanes being added will be used for express bus service while the Transitway in that section is closed for LRT conversion.
Funding for the Confederation Line is being provided by the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. The Government of Canada is contributing $600 million through the Building Canada Fund. The city will also allocate up to $192 million of its Federal Gas Tax fund receipts to this project. The Government of Ontario is contributing $600 million in direct grant contributions. In addition, the city will allocate $287 million of its Provincial Gas Tax receipts to the capital infrastructure. The remaining project budget funds will come from development charge revenues and transit reserves.
Residents can continue to view the detailed designs of the Confederation Line by visiting www.confederationline.ca.
OVERNIGHT WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS
Residents can expect a winter parking restriction to be in effect when Environment Canada has forecast a snow accumulation of seven centimetres or more for the Ottawa area.
During an overnight parking restriction, residents are reminded that vehicles are banned from parking on any city street so that crews can clear them easily and effectively. Vehicles that remain parked on the street between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. will be ticketed.
Residents can sign up for the City’s Winter Parking e-Alerts on the city’s website to stay informed. Residents will receive notification each time an overnight parking restriction is in effect and when the restriction has been lifted. Residents can also contact the city by calling 311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for an update to the status of a winter parking ban.
AROUND THE WARD
I had the pleasure of attending various holiday celebrations. I enjoyed a visit with Santa when I attended Councillor Qadri’s fifth annual Gingerbread Decorating and Santa Photo Session. I then attended the Kanata Chamber of Commerce informal networking event and Chamber Holiday Party at Graffiti’s restaurant. Finally, I also joined the Kanata Chinese Senior’s support Centre for their holiday gathering.
The Kanata Sports Club had a number of exciting events this month that I enjoyed, including their kids party and their hot seats. In particular, they hosted a special hot seat with Coach MacLean, which was fantastic.
I hope all residents had a Merry Christmas and I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year.
WORKING FOR KANATA SOUTH
I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and safe holiday season to all residents. Please feel free to contact my office with any concerns or comments, by phone: 613-580-2752, or by email: Allan.Hubley@ottawa.ca. You can also visit my website for more information: www.councillorallanhubley.ca or follow me on Twitter: @AllanHubley_23.