CITIZEN: Transportation committee OKs route for western LRT, up to Hazeldean

Artist's rendering of the Rideau LRT station downtown. Via City of Ottawa.

From the Citizen’s Jon Willing:

The transportation committee is recommending council approve the proposed route for a $1.85-billion LRT extension through Kanata.

During a committee meeting Wednesday, Kanata North Coun. Marianne Wilkinson, who’s retiring after this term of council, called on the city to plug the Kanata LRT plan into the next transportation master plan. An LRT extension to the western suburb “is desperately needed,” she said, adding that an hour-and-a-half is too long for people to take a bus downtown.

The proposed route and the preliminary cost estimate, which is in 2017 dollars, are part of the project’s environmental assessment. The plan includes a mix of surface, underground and elevated rail. Like the first phase and planned second phase of LRT, the tracks would be completely segregated from roads.

Construction isn’t expected until after 2031 because there is no money in the bank for the project. The city will need the upper levels of government’s help to build the 11-kilometre rail extension between Moodie Drive and Hazeldean Road.

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