174 EA should include light rail
By Fred Sherwin
city's transportation committee is expected to discuss
a staff recommendation this week to proceed with the Environmental
Assessment for the future widening of Hwy. 174 from the
Split to Canaan Road.
Environmental Assessment will take into account anything
that could be affected by a construction project, such
as noise, air quality, archeology and the natural surroundings.
The work will also assess what conditions exist for construction,
how much it will cost and what the public thinks about
would expect the EA will also take into account the benefits
of extending light rail from Blair to Trim Road. If not
it will be a complete waste of time.
light rail from Blair to Trim would complete negate the
need to widen the highway because it would take thousands
of commuters off the road. It would also make it possible
to convert the existing bus only lanes to High Occupancy
Vehicle (HOV) lanes during the rush hour.
from completing Phase 1 of the light rail project, extending
light rail to Trim Road should be this city's number one
priority.In fact, in a perfect world it would be Phase
don't need a crystal ball to foresee that stopping light
rail at Blair Road is going to be problematic, especially
when you have thousands of commuters having to get off
buses to transfer to the trains.
good portion of those people will take a pass and climb
into their cars instead.
light rail to Trim Road would maintain the socio-economic
centre of Orléans along the Hwy. 174/St. Joseph Blvd.
corridor. It would reinvigorate the Heart of Orléans.
It would boost public transit use and it would save taxpayers
dollars by not having to widen Hwy. 174 to six lanes plus
the bus lanes.
light rail to Trim Road was one of the pillars of my city
council campaign. Ninety per cent of the people I talked
to at the door agreed with me. The 10 per cent that didn't
said they seldom use Hwy. 174 and rarely travel downtown.
very wise friend of mine once said that good ideas never
grow old. Extending light rail to Trim Road is a great
idea that needs to be included in the proposed Environmental
7:30 a.m., Jan. 31)
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