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(Posted 12:30 p.m., April 16)
3-year transitway shutdown will impact transit users, commuters alike
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

And so the fun begins. East end commuters who have been dealing with traffic delays for the better part of the past year while work continues on Hwy 417, will no doubt be thrilled to find out it's going to get a lot worse before it gets any better.

On Wednesday, the city announced plans to shutdown the transitway between the Blair and Hurdman Stations for the next three years to allow for construction of the eastern section of the LRT line.

The work, and the traiffic woes, will begin on June 28 as 17 routes will be redirected through the split and along Hwy. 174 and the Queensway using specially designated bus lanes that will reduce commuter traffic to one lane through the split and two lanes on the Queensway.

Route 94 and express routes from the east end will maintain current service levels but skip the Cyrville, Train, Hurdman and Lees stations to provide more direct service to and from downtown. These buses will stop at St-Laurent in the westbound direction only and let people off by request only.

Route 95 will serve as the main route for east end transit users travelling to and from the Hurdman station using the 174 and the Queensway from Blair Road. The change will add 15-20 minutes in travel time, despite the fact that it will no longer stop at the train station.

In order to mitigate the impact on Route 95 for riders trying to get downtown and beyond, a new route is being implemented that will skip the Cyrville, Train, Hurdman and Lees stations. The new Route 91 will operate between Trim/Place d'Orléans ad Baseline Station from Monday to Friday between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The route frequency will be every four to five minutes during peak service and every seven to eight minutes during the midday.

Express routes that will be affected include Route 20, 21, 22, 24, 27, 30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 38, 221, 231 and 232.

Final schedules, maps and travel-plan details will be available in mid-May.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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