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(Updated 6:30 a.m., March 31)
Kanata councillor sparks war of words over future LRT expansion

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Kanata South Coun. Alan Hubley (left) and Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais are at odds over future LRT expansion plans. File photo

As the federal government prepares to launch another ambitious infrastructure program, Kanata South city councillor Alan Hubley is making a case to move up the city’s plans to extend light rail to Kanata at the expense of the east end.

The current plan calls for the completion of Phase 1 of the light rail project by 2018.

Phase 2, which would extend light rail to Place d’Orléans 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.

The 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.

Plans to extend light rail from Bayshore to Kanata are post 2031. That’s 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.

“I’m going to have a problem going to Trim Road before going to Kanata,” Hubley said in recent interview with the Ottawa Citizen.

The 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.

That sparked an immediate response from Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais who says that Hubley’s understanding of the east end is questionable at best.

“(His) 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 to Sarsfield.

One 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 Petrie’s Landing lll business park and the Cardinal Creek Village development which is currently under construction.

Estimated to cost about $160 million, the Trim Road extension would also cost a lot less than the Kanata extension.

The city is currently undertaking a study to see how much the Kanata extension to Terry Fox Drive will cost.

A 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.

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

 

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