Kanata could ultimately have 11 kilometres of light rail and eight stations, following the Transportation Committee’s approval this week of a functional design for Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT).
The system would run from Moodie Station along the north side of Highway 417 before turning north to integrate more closely with the Beaverbrook community. It would turn south, running parallel to Huntmar Drive before crossing the Queensway and terminating at Hazeldean Road. A multi-use pathway would run parallel along the entire length of the extension.
This is great news for the Stittsville/Kanata communities as I have heard from many residents who supported this route option throughout the Environmental Assessment and public consultation process. It was the best route for bringing LRT right into the heart of Stittsville beyond the Canadian Tire Centre and onto Hazeldean Road.
I would like to thank all residents for their support and for providing their comments throughout this process. Though LRT in Stittsville still remains more than a decade away in the books, I am hopeful that this decision will help to improve transit service as a whole to our growing community throughout the years.
Slated for construction after 2031, the $1.85-billion project could be implemented in phases, depending on funding.
Stage 1 of the LRT is still slated for a November opening and I am thrilled to share that this week, the installation of the final rail clip on the O-Train Confederation Line track was completed at Tremblay Station.
Are you #readyforrail Stittsville?