Ottawa’s international airport authority is prepared to pay for and build a light-rail stop inside its passenger terminal, the organization’s head said Monday, as the finance committee approved the $3-billion plan to extend LRT further east, west and south.
“We are willing to put some skin in the game,” said chief executive Mark Laroche.
The preliminary cost for the station — which would be included in the proposed extension of the Trillium O-Train line from Greenboro station to Riverside South — is about $35 million. But that figure might include costs for laying the track for which the authority is not prepared to pay, Laroche said.
The plan is in its preliminary stage, but Laroche said he pictures the new rail stop being integrated into a future terminal expansion designed to provide airline passengers with a seamless transition from train to terminal. The airport improvement fee, now $23 per departing flight, can be used to fund airport infrastructure projects, he said.
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