Council going into a $4.6B LRT decision not knowing when its $2.1B decision will bear fruit

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, March 5, 2019

City council is under financial and political pressure this week to approve $4.6 billion more in LRT spending while not knowing if a $2.1-billion investment of government money will produce a decent transit system.

The city didn’t want to be in this position, asking council to ink Stage 2 deals to expand the rail network without having Stage 1 up and running.

But it’s going to happen Wednesday, and councillors have to decide if they have enough faith in much of the current LRT infrastructure to commit taxpayers for decades. It won’t be a unanimous vote.

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