Kanata councillor needs to jump on board the LRT train...
By Fred Sherwin
Kanata South Coun. Alan Hubley thinks Ottawas LRT
system should be extended to Kanata before its extended
to Trim Road, to which we say, Nice try Al.
light rail from Place dOrléans to Trim Road
should have been included in the second phase of Ottawas
mega-transit project in the first place.
the plan calls for construction to halt 1.5 kms short
of the massive park and ride at Trim and Hwy. 174, the
future Petries Landing III business park, and the
2,500 homes that will make up Cardinal Creek Village is
was a major failing of the citys planners and city
council that can only be rectified by extending construction
to Trim Road from Place dOrléans in as seamless
a manner as possible.
construction indefinitely while we wait for light rail
to be extended from the Bayshore Shopping Centre to Kanata
one thing, the Trim Road extension will only cost $160
million, while the Kanata extension will cost three or
four times that much. For another, the Trim Road extension
will negate having to run shuttles between the Trim Road
park and ride and Place dOrléans, thus saving
tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in operating
should be noted that the Transportation Master Plan does
not call for the Kanata extension until sometime after
2031, while the city is still hoping to convince the federal
government to beef up its funding for Phase 2 to include
the Trim Road extension.
cant fault Hubley for trying, but his suggestion
should be immediately shot down by our east end city councillors
in as strong a fashion as possible.
Coun. Stephen Blais and Orléans Coun. Bob Monette
wasted no time in raining on Hubleys parade, stating
rather emphatically that their colleague is way off base
in thinking that Orléans transit users should take
a backseat to their counterparts in Kanata. And we applaud
both men for doing so.
no question that for light rail to serve the entire city
it must run from Trim Road to Kanata and south to Barrhaven,
but trying to pit one community against another is not
the best way to make your case.
Hubley wants to realize his dream he needs to work with
his colleagues rather than at cross purposes.
1:30 p.m., April 1)
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