6:30 a.m., March 31)
Kanata councillor sparks war of words over future LRT
By Fred Sherwin
the federal government prepares to launch another ambitious
infrastructure program, Kanata South city councillor Alan
Hubley is making a case to move up the citys plans
to extend light rail to Kanata at the expense of the east
South Coun. Alan Hubley (left) and Cumberland Coun.
Stephen Blais are at odds over future LRT
expansion plans. File photo
current plan calls for the completion of Phase 1 of the
light rail project by 2018.
2, which would extend light rail to Place dOrléans
in the east end and the Bayshore Shopping Centre and the
Base-line Transit Station in the west end, would take
place between 2018 and 2025 at a cost of $3 billion.
city is hoping to get additional funding from the
federal government and the province to extend the east
end light rail line to Trim Road as part of Phase 2.
to extend light rail from Bayshore to Kanata are post
2031. Thats not good enough for Hubley who wants
the cuty to push for the Kanata extension as part of Phase
2 even if it means that Orléans will have to wait.
going to have a problem going to Trim Road before going
to Kanata, Hubley said in recent interview with
the Ottawa Citizen.
basis of his argument is his assumption that the Trim
Road LRT extension would be primarily benefit commuters
from Rockland and points further east at the expense of
Ottawa taxpayers in Kanata.
sparked an immediate response from Cumberland Coun. Stephen
Blais who says that Hubleys understanding of the
east end is questionable at best.
comment shows a naivety of the east end, said Blais,
adding that the extension would serve residents living
in the former municipality from Cumberland Village
of arguments to extend light rail to Trim Road is the
fact that Orléans has the highest ridership in
the city. It would also provide a direct connection be-tween
the LRT and the largest park-and-ride lot in the city,
along with the future Petries Landing lll business
park and the Cardinal Creek Village development which
is currently under construction.
to cost about $160 million, the Trim Road extension would
also cost a lot less than the Kanata extension.
city is currently undertaking a study to see how much
the Kanata extension to Terry Fox Drive will cost.
similar study aimed at establishing the potential cost
of the Trim Road extension was conducted in 2015. That
study established the $160 million figure for the rail
line only. LRT
stations at the Orléans Town Centre and Tenth Line
Road would cost an additional $180 million.
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