Hobbs Finds Bus-Detour ‘Solutions’

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So what is one of the most controversial topics in Ottawa at present?

Why the bus detour down Scott Street made necessary because of light-rail construction down the Transitway.

The neighbours are up in arms.

So when does Kitchissippi Councillor Katherine Hobbs release her mail-out on changes to the plan? Why on Ontario election day when residents’ eyes are trained on Queen’s Park.

Politics just never stops. The Hobbs mail-out features “solutions” as the councillor puts it. Wonder if the affected residents feel the same way?

Here are excerpts from Hobbs email:

Dear Neighbours,

Construction of the $2.1 billion Confederation Line LRT is under construction and on schedule to provide world-class transit to Ottawa and Kitchissippi by 2018.
 
In 2016, the OC Transpo Transitway north of Scott Street will close between Merton St. and Bayview Station to allow construction of the Confederation Line LRT. In summer 2016, this will extend westward to Tunney’s Pasture Station. This will require a bus detour onto Scott Street until the Confederation Line LRT opens in 2018.
 
I recognized the impact this would have on Kitchissippi residents, and I moved forward to find solutions.
 
When this decision was made in 2012, I directed staff to undertake a safety and security audit of the detour, which took place this spring. That audit was itself independently audited. Along with 12+ meetings with community representatives and with residents living closest to the detour since the December 3rd, 2013 public meeting,many major changes have been made, and bus volumes have been reduced 14% through Kitchissippi Ward.
 
My focus is to find solutions to the issues created by the bus detour impacting Kitchissippi residents, be they cyclistspedestrians and school age childrentransit riders, or neighbours.
 
As you may have read in the Ottawa Citizen, we have reduced bus volumes and developed a plan for a new Scott Street as a complete street in 2018. Please read on to learn more, and attend our Open House on Monday. …

If you would like to learn more about any aspect of the Confederation Line LRT detour, experts will be on hand for a public open house to present final design. I invite you to drop in at a time convenient to you,
 
Monday, June 16, 2014
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Tom Brown Arena
141 Bayview Road

 
If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact me either by replying to this email, or by phone at 613-580-2485.
 
Thank you to all residents who have participated in the detour design process, your time and input has helped form many major changes which will make for a better detour for all Kitchissippi residents.
 
Thanks and I hope to see you on Monday.

Katherine

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One Response to Hobbs Finds Bus-Detour ‘Solutions’

  1. John Wrigley says:

    For the benefit of your readers, here is the full email, including the substantive portion:

    http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=e716e95bbc50cda804f90c666&id=b5c88f8a84&e=380b841699

    Cheers,

    JW

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