This week at City Council, I put forward a motion to request that City staff to conduct a study that would explore opportunities for a potential Park and Ride to be implemented at the Moodie Drive transit station.
The motion was passed and staff should report back to the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee before the end of 2017 with their findings.
I felt that this was an important study to undertake given that the current transit situation in Ottawa’s western communities rely heavily on Park and Rides to commute to work downtown each morning. Moreover, as the City moves forward with Stage 2 of Light Rail Transit (LRT), the pre-existing Park and Rides at Eagleson and Terry Fox stations, which already frequently experience capacity parking, are certain to face greater pressures than ever with increased ridership. As such, a new Park and Ride for west-end residents with easy access to Ottawa’s LRT system would greatly benefit the community.
This will be a challenging proposal in looking at all community partners involved in the process but I do believe that these first steps are necessary in formulating an appropriate plan of action.
I look forward to hearing back from this study before the end of the year and looking into additional steps to ensure that Stittsville and other western communities receive optimal service as Ottawa’s transit system continues its transition into this incredible step forward.