9:30 p.m., June 28)
Next phase of LRT construction to impact OC Transpo riders,
By Fred Sherwin
that the widening of the eastern portion of the Queensway
is completed, the second phase of the LRT construction can
now begin along with a new round of frustration for OC Transpo
riders and motorists.
good news is that the extra lane that east end commuters
have been anxiously awaiting for the past three years
is now open. The bad news is they won't be able to use
it for another three years.
you read right. Beginning today, that extra lane will
be the exclusive domain of buses and emergency vehicles
while work is being done on converting the eastern section
of the Transitway to light rail.
tomorrow, OC Transpo buses will no longer use the Transitway
between the Hurdman and Blair Stations. Instead they will
use the newly created bus only lane on the Queensway and
get off at the Vanier Parkway to access the transitway
at Hurdman before proceeding downtown and vice versa in
to OC Transpo, the changes will add an extra seven to
15 minutes to the morning commute for bus riders depending
which route they use. The 95, for instance, will take
an extra 12-15 minutes to get from downtown to Orleans
thanks to the need to access the St. Laurent Shopping
Centre. However, commuters will now have the addied option
of taking the new Route 91 which will bypass St. Laurent.
impact the changes will have on motorists remains to be
seen. Theoretically, the commute for motorists should
be no different than it was before construction on the
Queensway began. The only potentially choke point will
be at the Vanier Parkway where motorists and buses must
share the same exit.
will be signage informing riders of the new changes and
staff will be posted at the major bus stations to help
commuters understand the new system.
changes to the bus stations are as follows...
- Blair Station: Moving east to temporary platforms. Route
127 replaced by 124. Route 96 and west-end express routes
will no longer stop at the station.
Hurdman Station: Most east-end routes will bypass the
station (91 and 94). Westbound express and routes 124,
126, 128 will no longer serve the station.
St. Laurent Station: No lower-level service (moved to
upper level). No p.m. eastbound express routes. Route
91 serves riders heading westbound to downtown. No route
126 or 128. Route 127 replaced by 124. Pedestrian path
from Tremblay Road will be closed.
Cyrville Station will be closed, but riders served by
Route 124 at bus stop on Cyrville at Cummings.
Train Station will be closed, but riders served by routes
92 and 96 at bus stop near Via Rail station entrance.
will take longer than usual and here is a breakdown of
the difference to complete the route:
East-end express routes 20-22, 24, 27, 30-31, 34-35, 37-38,
221, 231-232, and new route 91: five to seven minutes.
- 94: four to 12 minutes.
95: six to 16 minutes.
- 96: five minutes.
time change for west-end express routes: 60-62, 64-73,
77, 176, 261- 263, 283.
view the new maps and timetables visit www.octranspo1.com.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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