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Report on Business SNC-Lavalin chosen to build next phase of Ottawa’s light-rail transit system

SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. says it has won the contract for a $660-million light-rail extension project in Ottawa.

The Montreal-based engineering and construction giant caught up in a month-long political controversy says its subsidiary, TransitNEXT, will design, build and maintain an additional 16 kilometres of the city’s Trillium Line.

The southward extension will fork to connect the existing line to the airport and will include eight new stations.

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SNC-Lavalin also has a 40-per-cent stake in the consortium behind the $2.1-billion Confederation Line, the first phase of the city’s light-rail transit system, which has been plagued with delays.

Last week, the Rideau Transit Group consortium informed city council it would not meet a March 31 deadline – its third delay in a year – and will instead complete the light-rail line some time between April and June.

Mayor Jim Watson expressed doubt last month the project would be completed on time, but has stood by the choice of the company.

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