If the folks at Ottawa Sports and Entertainment really want to solve some of the transportation problems of getting tens of thousands of people to an Ottawa Redblacks game, they need to lobby city hall to serve the site with light rail.
Such a line has the added benefit of bringing the Glebe onto the rapid transit network. For once, OSEG and local community groups could work together to push for the line. What a concept.
We’ll call it The Bulldog Line after the news site that conceived of the idea. Our technical drawings are still being drafted and thus we might discover a few geo-technical problems as the study continues … no doubt fewer than the woes of the downtown light-rail route.
Essentially The Bulldog Line would see a spur off the Confederation Line near or at Lees station; drive the line along the Rideau River shoreline to St. Paul University (bringing that institution onto the rapid transit network) and Brantwood Park; then build a short tunnel from Brantwood to Lansdowne.
The Bulldog Line would not just be for football fans but also for shoppers at the stores on the Lansdowne site, Bank Street patrons and commuters in the under-served transit area of the Glebe. Rapid transit comes to the Glebe.
That way not only would there be a multi-purpose stadium and arena at Lansdowne, but also a multi-purpose light-rail line to one of Ottawa’s great gathering places.
So forget shuttle buses or barges down the Rideau Canal to bring fans to the game and shoppers to the Glebe. Construct a short light-rail line and tunnel right to the shopping centre and the neighbourhood.
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