Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Western Light Rail Transit Public Consultation Meeting

Date: Monday, June 17
Time: 3-8pm
Location: City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

The City will present further information on the preferred corridor, the Richmond Underground, including potential mitigation measures.

A revised design for a Western Light Rail Transit service was released today. The changes call for the 700-metre section near homes backing onto the John A. Macdonald Parkway to be underground.

Last April, the City unveiled the Richmond Underground as the preferred option for extending Confederation Line. The Richmond Underground proposal was a refinement of alternative routes that responded to public feedback underscoring the importance of the Byron Linear Park.

Members of the Western LRT project team, supported by local Councillors, have made further changes to respond to these key findings from discussions with community groups and various consultation sessions.

By electing to bury the additional 700 metres near homes backing onto the parkway, the plan now eliminates the noise and visual intrusion of the train while improving the landscape and access to the adjacent Parkway lands. Other refinements to the project include better linkages to the pathway system, greenspace and waterfront, improved safety, and two new open-air stations that will be well integrated with the community and provide easy access to LRT for local residents.

“We’re building the Confederation Line – a state-of-the-art rail system – starting this year, from Blair Station to Tunney’s Station. Extending rail to Baseline Station to the west, in a way that’s sensitive to the concerns of residents, will result in a 22-kilometre rail system that will be the envy of Canadian cities,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

“We’ve been listening very carefully to the input we are getting from the public and Councillors for this area who have been out talking to people throughout the community,” said Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli. “We believe we have addressed the public’s key concerns about visual impact, greenspace and noise – and I think this process has given us a better result. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to engage with us in the consultations.”

A third public open house for the project will be held Monday, June 17 at Jean Pigott Place in City Hall between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Residents are invited to drop in, learn more about the project study and ask questions of staff members.

The City will be accepting comments by email (westernLRT@ottawa.ca) and fax (613-580-2578) until June 21, 2013 for a report on the recommended corridor that will be considered by Transportation Committee July 10 and then City Council on July 17.

Additionally, there will be more opportunities for information and public feedback as the project proceeds through the Environmental Assessment Study and more detailed design is completed in advance of construction.

For more information on the study, please visit: ottawa.ca/westernLRT.

Previous information (June 11 2013):

Ottawa residents are invited to take part in an open house and drop-in consultation session regarding the planning and environmental assessment study for the proposed Western Light Rail Transit Corridor (WLRTC).

Date: Monday, June 17, 2013

Time: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Jean Pigott Place, City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West

The City of Ottawa is continuing its planning and environmental assessment study for the proposed WLRTC. The goal of this study is to identify the most effective way to build on the first phase of LRT currently under construction (Confederation Line) to bring service to Baseline Station, increase transit use and provide higher quality transit service. This study is considering alternative options and designs towards a final alignment and it will inform the City’s Transportation Master Plan.

The study area stretches between Bayview and Baseline Stations and includes the area from the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway south to Carling Avenue and from the O-Train west to Lincoln Fields and Baseline Stations.

This open house and drop-in consultation session will provide an overview of the study progress to date and will address concerns raised by both the public and the National Capital Commission following the April 2013 public release of the preliminary preferred WLRTC alignment – Richmond Underground.

Participants will have an opportunity to meet with City staff to discuss the proposed corridor design, mitigation measures and other issues arising from consultation, including effects on property values and greenspace, operation of the trains, cost and affordability, development implications and the work completed to date. Residents are encouraged to stop by City Hall at their convenience between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

For those residents who cannot attend the session, the information presented at the open house will be available on ottawa.ca/westernLRT. The City will be accepting comments by email (westernLRT@ottawa.ca) and fax (613-580-2578) until June 21, 2013.

 

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