8:30 a.m., May 26)
staff to examine fast-tracking light rail to Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
City of Ottawa's transportation staff will examine the
feasibility of using money already set aside for transit
improvements in the east end, and use it to extend light
rail to Orléans instead.
a memo to city councillors, planning general manager John
Moser says staff will look at the possibility of extending
light rail to Orléans either along Hwy. 174 or the previously
identified transit corridor through Avalon.
two corridors have already been identified in the city's
Master Transportation Plan as possible routes for LRT,
but not until 2031.
council passed a motion last July asking staff to investigate
the possibility of speeding up light rail to Orléans sooner
rather than later. They also approved an Environmental
Assessment for the widening of Hwy. 174 with a component
for light rail. Both initiatives were brought forward
by Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais.
of the reason for the new study is the high transit ridership
in the east end. Orléans has the highest nodal
split in the city at 65 per cent.
light rail along Hwy. 174 would eliminate the need for
bus only lanes which would could feasably lower the cost
of any future widening. It is also consider essential
should the NCC build a interprovincial bridge in the east
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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