Ottawa Light Rail Gets Green Light
In the end, it wasn't even close. For all the sound and fury that accompanied the debate over Ottawa's LRT system, the final vote was almost an anti-climax.
Councillors voted 14-7 in favour of the project. Mayor Bob Chiarelli, who has cast the project as his legacy, also supported awarding the contract to a consortium led by Siemens. City staff will now work out the final details of the contract, which should be signed by mid-September.
Construction is set to begin this fall, and the first trains should be rolling along the tracks by 2010.
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