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Greco Team of the Month

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Ottawa-Orléans
Royal Galipeau

Orléans Ward
Bob Monette

 

 

 



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Open letter to the mayor of Ottawa

Febuary 19 , 2015

Dear Mayor Watson:

The 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.

The 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.

Orléans 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 Tunney’s Pasture and the 160,000 jobs east of the downtown.

The 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.

The LRT in our community will link pedestrian, bicycles, vehicle and buses along Highway 174. If the LRT is extended east of Place d’Orléans, it will enhance the role of Centrum as a central hub linking with employment lands east of Place d’Orléans and with Petrie Island Conservation Lands, Petrie Island Public Beach and the marina.

We are thankful for Council’s 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.

We are pleased that the Environmental Assessment will look at the potential to extend LRT east of Place d’Orléans. 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.

Sincerely,

Donna Roney, Chair
Orléans Chamber of Commerce

Jasmine Brown, Executive Director
Heart of Orléans BIA


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