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City Plans Go Disastrously Wrong: Reader

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Doucet

Bulldog contributor Sheridan weighs in on the planning screwups at Ottawa City Hall:

During the 2010 Ottawa mayoral election, Clive Doucet presented an extensive plan for a downtown surface LRT route which would have extended along Carling.

It was less expensive (no tunnel or expensive stations), could be constructed more quickly, and was the most “sustainable” route (according to his research).

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All The LRT Conjecture That’s Unfit To Print

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There are times when putting out The Bulldog and dealing with some people who read it drives you bananas.

This is one of those times.

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City Arrogance Results In No Ridership Studies

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An artist’s conception of an Ottawa light-rail station.


If you think the mistakes made on the Orgaworld contract, the delays and errors at the Vimy Memorial Bridge, the mistakes made at the Airport Parkway Pedestrian Bridge and the problems at the Hurdman bridge were a big deal, well you haven’t seen anything yet.

Those mistakes were measured in MILLIONS  of dollars. Mistakes on the first two phases of the Ottawa light-rail project are measured in BILLIONS of dollars … $5.1 billion in fact for the two phases of the plan.

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$5.1 Billion LRT Project Has No Ridership Studies

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The City of Ottawa was unable to produce ridership studies for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the $5.1-billion light-rail project last week.


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The City of Ottawa does not have ridership studies for Phase 1 or Phase 2 of Ottawa’s $5.1-billion transit system.

Such studies are basic building blocks for creating a successful transit system. The studies examine in detail factors that determine if a new system is necessary, where it should go and what are the chances of it succeeding.

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Condos Along The Ottawa River?

Ottawa City Hall is rife with speculation that the municipality is privately pushing the National Capital Commission to approve residential buildings and perhaps condos along the Ottawa River.

The NCC has said it is looking for ideas to “animate” the river shoreline in a way that would bring people to the area.

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Uber Tries To Get Along

Uber has raised emotions almost everywhere it goes — yes even in staid old Ottawa.

The issue even appears to have Mayor Jim Watson edgy.

Technically it looks like it has future. That puts the traditional taxi in jeopardy.

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Pitch In For Transit, Luxury Towers Told

Here’s an idea to help out with mass transit:

Big downtown luxury towers are in line to pitch in the most. In one feasibility study by the city, a 15,000-square foot, 229-unit building would be on the hook for $2 million more a year in fees than it would currently pay.

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Light-Railroaded: Whopper Watch

WHOPPERWATCH

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Poilievre

This is local MP and cabinet minister Pierre Poilievre serving up a fat one at an Ottawa announcement of money for light-rail expansion. Over to you, Pierre:

“We know that budgets don’t balance themselves. It takes financial discipline and that’s what we have at the federal level. We’re here today because of the strong leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, we have the resources to invest in communities like this one. We have a balanced budget and that makes it possible to deliver in cities like Ottawa.”

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Tory LRT Money Smacks Of Desperation

The City of Ottawa conducts one of its Phase 2 light-rail meetings.


Today we will look inside the Conservative mind. God help us all.

It’s like reading a lifetime of Randy Denley columns. Pass the Prozac.

It goes something like this. Tories build highways because their well-heeled constituents drive cars.

White-wine-and-wicker Grits and raving mad communist Dippers build light rail because sandal-wearing people believe in mass transit. You know, transit for the masses.

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Royal Galipeau’s Major LRT Whopper

WHOPPERWATCH

“I never make election promises. And there’s no election going on right now … if we waited until Oct. 20th, that would not have been helpful. If we’d waited until Sept. 15, that would have seemed crass.”

Orleans Conservative MP Royal Galipeau on the federal government promising $1 billion to Ottawa’s Phase 2 light-rail plan

Come on, Royal. What cabbage leaf did you think we were born under?

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Council Bobble Heads On LRT

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Poilievre

While your agent was off on holidays last week, our friends on Ottawa City Council unanimously approved the $3-billion colossal screw-up that is Phase 2 of the light rail project.

While no doubt Mayor Jim Watson had the whip out for the vote (as though one were needed), wasn’t there one councillor prepared to stand up to say this is a terrible project?

Maybe councillors felt they had to vote for it unanimously to secure funding from the other two levels of government.

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City Fails Its Transportation Mandate

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Watson

Here’s a strategic mistake by the City of Ottawa … one that residents will suffer from for decades.

Intensification is a great idea for all the reasons that have discussed on this website for years. But intensification without a proper mass-transit system in place is a disaster.

We’re seeing this problem in areas where intensification is out of control. Because huge condos (or collections of condos) are being built but without a real mass transit system, traffic arteries are snarled. Traffic studies done for these projects are a joke. Has anyone heard of a condo project rejected because it will contribute to already bad traffic congestion? Your agent hasn’t.

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The Reason For Parkway LRT: Reader

The Bulldog asked readers if they had heard a good reason to build light rail along the Macdonald Parkway. The request was made in the post Why The Parkway For Light Rail. Bulldog contributor Nicholas offers this scenario:

Money.

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Why The Parkway For Light Rail?

This is a City of Ottawa video on its new light-rail vehicles.


Has anyone really explained why the second phase of Ottawa’s light-rail plan must be built along the Macdonald Parkway where no people live?

Has anyone explained why the Macdonald Parkway is still a good option when the line must be tunnelled through the green space?

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Watson Must Resign, Again

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Watson

The City of Ottawa has completely botched the municipalities light-rail program.

Now the city is screwing up the lives of others because of its horrible LRT mistakes costing hundred of millions of dollars.

Almost anyone with a remote knowledge of the project feels the line should go down Carling Avenue where commerce and people congregate. Instead, through sheer stubborness and stupidity, the municipality has gone the ridiculous route of driving rail down the Macdonald Parkway where but geese congregate.

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OC Transpo Makes Huge Route Changes

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

On Sunday, June 28, new OC Transpo summer schedules begin, along with route improvements and adjustments to routes travelling along a section of the Transitway, which will close between Blair and Hurdman Stations for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line.

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Watson Says Phase 2 LRT Affordable

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

The City of Ottawa released the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment and Functional Design Report today, as part of the agenda for the June 29 meeting of the Finance and Economic Development Committee.

The report details the functional design of the east, west and south LRT extensions, and confirms that Stage 2 remains within the City of Ottawa’s affordability model.

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Church To Challenge Phase 2 LRT

This is a release from Ottawa’s Unitarian Church:

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Cullen

The Unitarian Congregation, Unitarian House (a seniors residence) and River Parkway Children’s Centre (a licensed non-profit child care centre), located on Cleary Avenue, will be challenging the City’s chosen LRT alignment through the Unitarian campus on Cleary Avenue when the City’s Finance & Economic Development Committee considers a report which finalizes the City’s LRT (Stage 2) project, at its June 29, 2015 meeting next week.

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Church Fights LRT Route

This is a release from the Unitarian Congregation:

When:            10 a.m. Monday June 22, 2015

Where:           Fellowship Hall, Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa
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Does The City Have Too Many Planners?

cityhallsmallThe city said surface light rail on the Macdonald Parkway would cost $980 million.

Then when the National Capital Commission won the Texas Cage Death Match (only one bureaucracy leaves the cage alive) 100-day negotiations with the City of Ottawa (in which the city declared a victory of compromise) by getting its demand for a Macdonald Parkway tunnel, the Watson administration said the same light-rail line with a tunnel would cost $980 million …. again.

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Jim Watson’s Light-Rail Outrage

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

What’s going on here?

First the City of Ottawa (the residents’ government, not that of the mayor, council or bureaucrats) wouldn’t release to the voting and tax-paying public how much expropriations cost for Phase 1 of the light-rail project. Residents have a right to know how their money is spent.

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Hintonburg’s Detoured Bus Woes

Community activist Karen Large discussed on Facebook how some neighbourhoods are treated differently by the City of Ottawa.

She is referring to The Bulldog post, “What Rockcliffe Wouldn’t Tolerate.”

The evidence is below:

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City Updates Light-Rail Progress

The City of Ottawa has updated the progress of Phase 1 of the light-rail project.

The release for this update is below. Just click on the highlighted words:

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Ottawa Politics Needs Vision And Leadership

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It is still not too late to change the course of light rail in Ottawa.


This is a comment from Bulldog contributor Ron Benn who addresses what it will take for a candidate to run for municipal office in 2018.

His comment was in response to The Bulldog post: “Can You Run Against LRT Errors In 2018?”

Benn’s opinion is below:

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Can You Run Against LRT Errors In 2018?

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

Finally it appears the light rail route through the west end is set in stone but for the good people at the Unitarian Church, the nearby daycare and its seniors home.

So what do we have at the end of this great clash of ideas?

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