2013: DECISION TIME FOR WESTERN LIGHT RAIL AND OUR COMMUNITY

31 01 2013

City Council recently approved the plans for the Confederation Line between Blair Station and Tunney’s Pasture. That section is scheduled to be open to the public by 2018. Key decisions on the western extension of the train’s route will be taken this year. A track running straight through our green, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood remains a distinct, grim possibility. Information gathered by some of our members suggests city planners are viewing the Richmond-Byron corridor as their top choice.

Although city councillors voted to approve an environmental report last June that included several Richmond-Byron options, the community has still not been consulted at this stage of the process. There have also been few indications that Carling Avenue is being seriously considered as a viable route. Planners have also not specified exactly how much of Byron Linear Park will disappear, where traffic will be diverted through the community when lanes are reduced along Richmond, and whether some homes will have to be appropriated along the route.

Now is a great time to send city councillors, MLAs and MPs an email or letter voicing your concerns about the proposed Richmond/Byron routes. Email addresses can be found on our website. We also encourage you to send a well-worded letter to deputy city manager Nancy Schepers: Nancy.Schepers@ottawa.ca.

The city wants your comments on its new OFFICIAL PLAN and MASTER PLAN, documents that will form the basis of major decisions including transportation and the construction of high-rises and commercial buildings in our neighbourhoods.

Please take the time to fill out their survey, by MARCH 1, 2013.

http://liveableottawa.fluidsurveys.com/s/2031/?p=0&k=&h=b07e0bc1c3751d34acbef5b8546b29ae&s=eyJwYWdlcGF0aCI6IFswXX0%3D&n=.&l=en

Look what we discovered from the Confederation Line plans:
• The top speed of the trains is now listed as 100 km/h, versus the 80 km/h described earlier
• The system could move over 18.000 passengers per hour in each direction, up from the 12,000-14,000 in the original planning documents
• Trains could run as often as every 1:45 minutes, much more than the 2-3 minutes laid out by the planners when describing the project

Posted on behalf of Neighbours for Smart Western Rail

http://www.smartwesternrail.org/letterpress/





Light Rail Showcase beginning December 5, 2012

5 12 2012

On December 5th, 2012, the City of Ottawa will launch a series of public showcases unveiling its recommended light rail transit plan for the largest infrastructure project in Ottawa’s history. Return to this site to view an online showcase or visit a public showcase at one of the locations listed below. Council will review and vote on the recommended plan on December 12th and 19th, 2012.

December 11
5-9pm
Hintonburg Community Centre, Wellington Room
1064 Wellington

December 5-19
Weekdays Only
11am-7pm
City Hall, Former Entrepreneurship Centre
110 Laurier Ave. West

 

Edited to add: And here’s some more information on our Councillor’s website too.





Community meeting about proposed routes through the west end

17 09 2012
The Neighbours for Smart Western Rail group is hosting a community meeting this Friday September 21st from 7-9 p.m. at Dovercourt. For more details about this group please check out their website:




City of Ottawa sticks with top picks for western LRT route; frustration grows with NCC

7 06 2012

“The city is sticking with Richmond Road and the Ottawa River Parkway as its top choices for a western extension of the light-rail system, thanks to a unanimous vote by city council’s transportation committee Wednesday afternoon.

The decision cuts a list of 15 possible routes down to four, three of which use different versions of a corridor along Richmond Road and Byron Avenue west of the current Westboro Transitway station. And it means continuing to look at the parkway despite the firm objections of the National Capital Commission, which owns it….” (Read the rest of this story on the Ottawa Citizen website)





Light rail

7 11 2008

This just came in from the Councillor’s office:

Dear Ottawan,

A vast paradigm shift is presently underway in Ottawa and around the world. The unstable cost of petroleum products is forcing all governments to re-think how the public sector invests in transportation.

We are convinced that Ottawa needs a Light Rail Now! plan for this city in response to these new economic conditions. This means beginning construction of a light rail service that goes where people want and need. The current plan does not achieve this purpose at all. It is a bus first plan that will spend 450 million immediately on new buses and new garages and this figure doesn’t include all the new asphalt for new transitway pavement, bridges and supporting roads.

The great problem here is the bigger the bus system grows, the bigger the draw down on taxpayers and riders becomes, but as electric rail service grows costs are reduced as is pollution. For example, the brand new Luas line in Dublin generated a profit of 6.6 million euros last year. The current Ottawa plan will continue to increase fares, continue to seek urban transit levy increases and provide little new service.

We ask you to come out on November 17 (10:30 a.m.) at the “Gladstone” Theatre, 910 Gladstone Avenue, to join us for presentations on how we can move forward immediately with fast, efficient light rail service on Carling and to all other parts of the city from Orleans, Kanata, Barrhaven and Riverside South. Your questions will be welcome and a light snack will be served courtesy of the Preston St. BIA.

Please support us by coming out and e-mailing your Councillors and the Mayor for a Light Rail Now! plan for Ottawa.

Sincerely,

Councillor Christine Leadman
Kitchissippi Ward

Councillor Clive Doucet
Capital Ward

 








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