9:30 a.m., Oct. 9)
revision of Transportation Master Plan extends light rail
to Place d'Orléans
By Fred Sherwin
long last the city's Transportation Master Plan will address
the needs of east end commuters by extending light rail
from Blair Road to Place d'Orléans.
news was contained in Mayor Jim Watson's unveiling of
the latest version of the transportation blueprint which
establishes the city's transportation and transit priorities
for the next 20 years.
proposed extension will include four new rail stations
at St. Joseph/ Montreal Rd., Jeanne d'Arc Blvd., Orléans
Blvd. and Place d'Orléans.
end residents will also benefit from the future Blackburn
Hamlet Bypass Extension and the Brian Coburn Boulevard
Extension which are both included in the Draft Transportation
addition of an east end LRT extension in Stage 2 of the
light rail plan represents a major revision of the current
Transportation Master Plan which doesn't call for the
extension until 2031. It also represents a major victory
for residents along the Hwy. 174 corridor.
2009, city council passed a motion calling for a future
LRT extension to run south of Innes Road through Avalon
from Blair Road to Trim Road. That line will now have
to wait until after the Hwy. 174 line is built.
decision to include an east end LRT extension in Stage
2 was immediately being held by east end councillors Bob
Monette and Stephen Blais who have working behind the
scenes to make it happen.
means light rail will be coming to Orléans a lot
sooner than what we expected. We will be breaking ground
next term so that 90 per cent of Orléans residents
will be within five kilometres of light rail," Monette
said after the announcement.
being a great benefit to Orléans commuters, the
light rail extension should help bring more jobs to the
area, Monette added.
residents will be able to provide their input into the
Draft Transportation Master Plan at a public open house
on Sunday, Oct. 27at the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation
Complex on Youville Drive between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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