Council OKs $4.6B Stage 2 transit contracts, the largest infrastructure approval in Ottawa's history

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, March 7, 2019

Ottawa’s $4.6-billion Stage 2 transit expansion is a go.

City council voted 19-3 on Wednesday to sign contracts with two construction groups to extend the Confederation Line LRT to Trim Road, Algonquin College and Moodie Drive, and extend the Trillium Line to Limebank Road and the Ottawa International Airport.

Kiewit and Vinci, under the name East West Connectors, will construct the Confederation Line extensions, and SNC-Lavalin, under the name TransitNEXT, will construct the Trillium Line extensions and maintain the line.

Voting against the largest infrastructure project in the City of Ottawa’s history were councillors Rick Chiarelli, Diane Deans and Shawn Menard.

Self-described LRT supporter Deans said she doesn’t have confidence in the decision-making process, especially since she couldn’t get a straight answer on how the winning contractors scored in the bidding process.

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