Two young people explore the abandoned Prince of Wales Bridge.
Let’s get our priorities in order here.
A decade-and-a-half later, the O-Train remains our only commuter-rail line. Disgusting.
But what the Bob Chiarelli administration did was use existing infrastructure for a modern purpose.
To connect that O-Train line to the Prince of Wales Bridge and across to Gatineau would cost about $40 million. The Confederation Line costs $2.1 billion. As that line expands, start piling billions on billions.
Reusing the Prince of Wales Bridge is not exactly an original idea. Over that same 15 years, politicians have tried to move it forward with some resistance from the City of Gatineau.
But here is one thing for certain … it would be used. Bridges across the Ottawa River run at about $1 billion a pop. This one is $40 million for transit and maybe more were it combined with bicycle and pedestrian lanes. Perhaps the city could do a thing or two with Lemieux Island in the middle of the span.
Whatever the cost, it’s a fraction of the current light-rail plans and the commuter use would be stupendous. Residents are eager to have another bridge available for those who have a cross-river ride to work. Furthermore, it would be one more way to bring the national capital region together.
So easy is the bridge and yet not done.
Ottawans are not getting the leadership they deserve.
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