12:30 p.m., April 16)
3-year transitway shutdown will impact transit users,
By Fred Sherwin
so the fun begins. East end commuters who have been dealing
with traffic delays for the better part of the past year
while work continues on Hwy 417, will no doubt be thrilled
to find out it's going to get a lot worse before it gets
Wednesday, the city announced plans to shutdown the transitway
between the Blair and Hurdman Stations for the next three
years to allow for construction of the eastern section
of the LRT line.
work, and the traiffic woes, will begin on June 28 as
17 routes will be redirected through the split and along
Hwy. 174 and the Queensway using specially designated
bus lanes that will reduce commuter traffic to one lane
through the split and two lanes on the Queensway.
94 and express routes from the east end will maintain
current service levels but skip the Cyrville, Train, Hurdman
and Lees stations to provide more direct service to and
from downtown. These buses will stop at St-Laurent in
the westbound direction only and let people off by request
95 will serve as the main route for east end transit
users travelling to and from the Hurdman station using
the 174 and the Queensway from Blair Road. The change
will add 15-20 minutes in travel time, despite the fact
that it will no longer stop at the train station.
order to mitigate the impact on Route 95 for riders trying
to get downtown and beyond, a new route is being implemented
that will skip the Cyrville, Train, Hurdman and Lees stations.
The new Route 91 will operate between Trim/Place
d'Orléans ad Baseline Station from Monday to Friday
between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The route frequency will be
four to five minutes during peak service and every seven
to eight minutes during the midday.
routes that will be affected include Route 20, 21, 22,
24, 27, 30, 31, 34, 35, 37, 38, 221, 231 and 232.
schedules, maps and travel-plan details will be available
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
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