2:30 a.m., Feb. 28)
LRT Stage 2 announcement good news for Orléans
By Mike Beasley
The Orléans Star
to implement light rail transit from Trim Road to Moodie
Drive by 2018 should come as good news to east end commuters
and especially members of the Armed Forces who were comtemplating
moving to the west end to be closer to the new Department
of National Defence headquarters at Moodie and Carling.
plans to relocate DNDHQ at the former Nortel campus were
first announced in 2010, it caused a great deal of consternation
and anxiety among the thousands of DNDHQ employees living
in Orléans, many of whom are francophone.
end councillors Tim Tierney, Jody Mitic, Stephen
Blais and Bob Monette were all smiles along
with Mayor Jim Watson after the announcment
that the East-West Confederation Line of the
LRT would be extended from Trim Road to Moodie
Drive by 2023. PHOTO SUPPLIED
politicians and the head of the Orléans Chamber
of Commerce openly worried about the potential of a mass
migration of DNDHQ employees to the west end and the impact
that would have on local property values and businesses.
last weeks announcement that the East-West Confederation
Line would be further extended to Moodie Drive during
Stage 2 of the project, Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais
expressed his hope that the news would convince people
to stay in Orléans.
a very good reason to stick around because its
going to make for a very quick comfortable trip out to
the west end, said Blais. Commuters will be
able to make a direct trip from Trim to Moodie Drive and
then its a 900-metre walk or a quick shuttle from
we get there from here, however, commuters will have to
put up with the hassle of taking a bus to the Blair Road
light rail transit station; a train from Blair Road to
Tunneys Pasture; and then another bus from Tunneys
to the DND Nortel Campus.
avoid the transfers, they will also be able to take Route
103 from Place dOrléans to Moodie, or Route
101 from St. Laurent to Moodie; or they can drive across
town if they dont mind putting up with the traffic.
four years it will not be easy, but now were making
it as easy as possible for those DND people who will be
getting transferred to the former Nortel campus to get
to work, says Orléans Ward city councillor
Stage 2 phase of construction also includes good news
for commuters who frequently pass through the intersection
at Trim Road and Hwy. 174. Instead, of building a cloverleaf
configuration at the intersection, the city plans to build
an actual overpass. They also plan to expand the Trim
Road Park and Ride by an additional 1,300 parking spots.
of the east end extension of the Confederation Line from
Blair Road to Trim will begin as soon as the line becomes
operational sometime in 2017. The work will coincide with
plans to widen the highway from four to six lanes.
more information about Ottawas LRT plans log on
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