letter to the mayor of Ottawa
19 , 2015
Orléans Chamber of Commerce, GOEDC and the Heart
of Orleans BIA would like to thank you, all city councillors
and city staff, in reviewing the Master Transportation
Plan and the Official Plan. We agree that the two main
issues facing our Bilingual and Multicultural community
are transit and economic development.
Second Phase of the Light Rail Transit identified the
extension of the LRT from Blair Road to Place d Orléans
with the potential to extend to Trim Road, as a priority
and this is something that our community has been patiently
waiting for, and is needed very soon.
has demonstrated that, as a community, it supports public
transit. It has one of the highest rates of public transit
use in North America in terms of accessing the
downtown. Yet there is significant potential to expand
ridership further, particularly with respect to the employment
in Tunneys Pasture and the 160,000 jobs east of
eastern LRT will increase public transit ridership and
ease potential LRT/bus transfer problems at Blair Road.
It will also significantly reduce transit operating costs,
thus easing pressure on both transit fares and taxes.
LRT in our community will link pedestrian, bicycles, vehicle
and buses along Highway 174. If the LRT is extended east
of Place dOrléans, it will enhance the role
of Centrum as a central hub linking with employment lands
east of Place dOrléans and with Petrie Island
Conservation Lands, Petrie Island Public Beach and the
are thankful for Councils approval of the Community
Improvement Plan initiatives which provide new businesses
with economic incentives to consider employment expansion
into Orléans. The eastern LRT will further support
that effort, both by improving the linkages with the downtown
and by ensuring that Orléans can maintain, and
grow our labour force, that is proving to be a significant
draw for new businesses.
are pleased that the Environmental Assessment will look
at the potential to extend LRT east of Place dOrléans.
Locating a stop near Tenth Line or Trim Road would unlock
employment / development lands that are serviced ready
and could assist in providing new revenues in development
charges and realty taxes to the City of Ottawa, and most
importantly bringing employment and assisting in solving
the employment imbalances ratios in our community.
Orléans Chamber of Commerce
Brown, Executive Director
Heart of Orléans BIA
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