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(Posted 8:30 a.m., May 26)
City staff to examine fast-tracking light rail to Orléans

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

In 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.

The two corridors have already been identified in the city's Master Transportation Plan as possible routes for LRT, but not until 2031.

City 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.

Part 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.

Extending 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 end.

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