8:30 a.m., Jan. 27)
eastern LRT route unveiled: city seeks public input
By Fred Sherwin
city's transportation staff unveiled the preliminary plans
for the eastern extension of the LRT system on Monday,
and local residents are being asked to provide their input
during a series of public meetings in February.
proposed plan would see the light rail line run along
the north side of Hwy. 174 from Blair Road to an elevated
station at Montreal Road and then down the median of the
174 to Place d'Orléans.
would be built along the way at Jeanne d'Arc, Orléans
Blvd. and Place d'Orléans. The plans do not include
extending it to Trim Road where one of the city's largest
park and ride lots is located leaving commuters need to
take a shuttle bus from the lot to the Place d'Orléans
would be coordinated with the future widening of Hwy.
174 from Montreal Road to Trim Road. As the study overview
states, "With the LRT and road widening sharing the
same corridor, a coordinated approach to both EA studies
is required to ensure an optimal solution that fully utilizes
the OR174 road corridor is achieved, while minimizing
overall construction costs."
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais says the proposed plan is an
important first step in meeting the future needs of east
this project we're getting better transit and road connections
with enormous economic development potential along the
highway corridor," says Blais, who was recently appointed
Transit Commission chair.
first public meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 20at
the R.J. Kennedy Centre in Cumberland Village from 6 p.m.
to 9p.m. A second public meeting will be held the next
evening on Friday, Feb. 20at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation
Complex on Youville Drive during the same hours.
more information on the proposed plan and to see the study
overview visit www.ottawa.ca.
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