Frequent Bulldog contributor Ron Benn finds another perk for developers in the next phase of Ottawa LRT:
The city’s LRT plan (and I do use that term in its broadest sense) is flawed in many ways, with former Councillor Gord Hunter’s example being just one of those flaws.
The additional transfer will add time to the overall trip. That is axiomatic. That the travel time might be shorter going through the downtown tunnel is to be determined, but even if it is, will it make up for the extra five-10 minutes waiting to catch the LRT in the morning, and the reverse in the evening. Add to the extra travel time that wonderful feature of having to find your next bus at Tunney’s Pasture or Blair Road on a cold, miserable, windy, rainy November evening, and again at the eastern edge of Kanata or the western edge of Orleans, as you make your way home. No problem, it is only for five years, at which point the transfer point shifts to Moodie Drive for the Kanata bound passengers. At least the Orleans bound passenger has one less transfer by 2023.
To add insult to injury, the city has yet to add the estimated cost of Phase III of the LRT to the official plans of the city. As such, they cannot add that cost to the formula that defines the development fees for new subdivisions that the city continues to approve for the exurbs to the west, south and east of the Greenbelt. The subsidies just keep on piling up.
Perhaps we can name the Tunney’s LRT/bus interchange in honour of His Honour the Mayor, as a reminder of his legacy.
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