Today at City Hall, a short technical briefing was held regarding the implementation of Stage 2 of Ottawa’s upcoming Light Rail Transit (LRT).
Mayor Watson took the time to outline some of the key figures that will be taking place once LRT is opened for residents to enjoy as well as thank some of our community partners in their assistance with the project, including Transportation and Transit staff as well as residents who took the time to share their insight into the needs of our communities.
I as well would like to thank our residents for communicating with City staff and for their patience with this incredible project. As Mayor Watson mentioned, this is the largest procurement process in the history of Ottawa and an excellent example for future Canadian LRT projects. With all of the changes happening in our great City, it is important to remember the finish line that is in sight for how a project like LRT will benefit our community members.
Once fully operational, LRT will utilize its 59km of rail to take 14,000 cars off the road during rush hour and assist approximately 24,000 residents an hour in getting where they need to go, more than double our current transit system. It will also reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 110,000 tons.
The Stage 2 implementation report, which is available here, will also recommend an extension of the previous west ending point from Bayshore to Moodie, east from Place D’Orleans to Trim, and southwest to Algonquin College and will go to City Council and Committee for final approval in the near future. I am thrilled as this is great news for those residents who require transit for work at Moodie’s business district or the Department of National Defence HQ. I would be interested in looking into the implementation of a Park and Ride at this location as well in the future.
While some residents may be disappointed that Stage 2 will not reach as far west as the Canadian Tire Centre as I would have looked forward to, this is still a significant step forward and I would like to thank community members for their input during the consulting process as well as my West-end councillor colleagues Marianne Wilkinson, Allan Hubley, and Eli El-Chantiry for their assistance in supporting West-end LRT with me. Hopefully with the proposed extension of Phase 2 to Moodie and Trim, it will mean that Ottawa’s west end will see LRT sooner than the presently proposed Stage 3 2031 date as well.
I am excited to hear of the progress being made on this project and look forward to what Ottawa’s LRT system has in store for us all.