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(Posted 2:30 a.m., Feb. 28)
LRT Stage 2 announcement good news for Orléans

By Mike Beasley
The Orléans Star

Plans 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.

When 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.

East 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

Local 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.

Following last week’s 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.

“It’s a very good reason to stick around because it’s 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 it’s a 900-metre walk or a quick shuttle from there.”

Before 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 Tunney’s Pasture; and then another bus from Tunney’s to the DND Nortel Campus.

To avoid the transfers, they will also be able to take Route 103 from Place d’Orléans to Moodie, or Route 101 from St. Laurent to Moodie; or they can drive across town if they don’t mind putting up with the traffic.

“For four years it will not be easy, but now we’re 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 Bob Monette.

The 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.

Construction 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.

For more information about Ottawa’s LRT plans log on to www.stage2lrt.ca.

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

 

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