City must “get creative” to pay for O-Train to Riverside South
Ottawa Citizen

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By Matthew Pearson, Ottawa Citizen, July 6, 2017

The city must “get creative” if it wants to bring the O-Train all the way to Riverside South, planning boss Steve Willis said Thursday.

Tweaking the proposed extension of the north-south Trillium Line to bring trains almost a kilometre closer to the fast-growing suburb can be done as part of the $3-billion Stage 2 transit program. The future station would move south from a rural area along Bowesville Road to Earl Armstrong Road.

But a further three-kilometre extension to the community’s future town centre at the corner of Earl Armstrong and Limebank roads — which would cost roughly $40 million, including $8 million to $10 million for an additional train — is beyond what the city can afford.