Western Light Rail Transit

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Ottawa's Western Light Rail Transit corridor will be built as part of Stage 2 of the LRT project. The proposed route will see the train run underneath the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and underneath Richmond Road. 

The route will preserve the Byron Linear Parkway and will see the creation of a National Park along the Ottawa River. It will also see the redevelopment of Richmond Road to include better infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. 

The new proposed alignment was the product of a 100 Day working group made up of members of the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa. I was proud to be a part of that group. 

Ottawa’s first phase of Light Rail Transit is well underway with construction on track for completion and train operation in 2018.

Our sights are now set on expanding the LRT to the east, west and south.

There had been controversy over the selection of a route for the western corridor of the LRT for the better part of a decade. That controversy, however, was settled this spring following 100 days of talks between the City and the NCC through a small working group.

I was very proud to serve as a member of that working group.

All of the members of that group knew that finding a solution for this corridor was critical for the overall success of the next stage of the LRT project.

Not finding a solution was simply not an option.

The recommended alignment will see the western LRT fully buried under a reconstructed and realigned Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.

The NCC Board members of the Working Group believe that this buried option meets the two NCC Board of Directors’ conditions: to provide unimpeded continuous access to the corridor lands and shorelines, and to have minimal impact on the landscape quality and experience.

It also meets the City’s objectives of protecting the Byron Linear Park, and the existing green corridor through Rochester Field from Richmond Road to the waterfront, while remaining within the project budget envelope.

This solution to run the LRT extension under the realigned westbound and eastbound lanes of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway between the Dominion and Cleary stations would produce the following results:

  • the existing lanes of traffic would be reinstated closer together and directly above the fully buried rail line in order to create a new “stacked” transportation corridor to maximize the amount of continuous green space through the corridor and along the waterfront;
  • lands and landscaping elements would be restored;
  • a park of national significance would be developed along the shoreline;
  • the mature forest would be retained and enhanced;
  • pathway additions and enhancements would be created, with two new crossings under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway into the future linear park;
  • an eventual reduction would be achieved of nearly 500,000 bus trips annually on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway; and
  • a total of 38 percent more usable shoreline parkland would be made available

This recommended alignment has now been approved by the board of the NCC and has been reviewed at public consultations held by the City of Ottawa.

It still must pass at the committee and council levels before being fully implemented.

I fully support this proposed alignment and encourage my council colleagues and residents to do the same.

I invite the community to attend the upcoming LRT Community Meetings to discuss Stage2 of the LRT that will be extended to the west end and through Bay Ward. I hope you are able to join any of the meetings below: 

What:Public Information Session – Richmond/Byron/New Orchard Station refinement
When: Wednesday September 14th, 2016 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 1000 Byron Avenue

What:Open House – Improved Alignment Lincoln Fields Station
When: Thursday September 15th, 2016 at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Where:St. Martin's Anglican Church, 2120 Prince Charles Road