It’s hard to imagine what goes on in the minds of Ottawa’s light-rail planners.
No date has been set for the line to Kanata and Stittsville except that it will be beyond 2031 … sometime. Except no money is available for the project. Lots of money around for the gold-plated Phases 1 and 2. Nothing for the critical high-tech community of Kanata. Such is economic strategic planning in Ottawa. No doubt Amazon noticed that when they blew off Ottawa as the site for that company’s huge second headquarters.
Despite having no money and no construction date, our busy planners have designed the route to Kanata and Stittsville. Even got it approved last week by transportation committee. Only thing missing is money the city doesn’t have and a construction date when many of us will be dead. If our esteemed planners didn’t blow the bank on the first phases of the project, maybe there’d be some cash available to go to Kanata.
But the plan looks good during an election year for all those city council incumbents. Look what we planned, they will tell the citizens of our community. No money? No construction date? Those are details they can overlook while telling the public, we got rail to Kanata. This exercise in ridiculousness is abominable.
Phase 1 and 2 costs are stripping Kanata of critical infrastructure.
Billions of dollars are being spent on the Mercedes of light-rail lines … Phases 1 and 2, and now the Kanata line is being estimated at $1.85 billion. Obviously city staff didn’t weigh the costs of Phases 1 and 2 correctly. In fact, this extension, if it every gets built, will be horribly over-priced. Didn’t staffers learn from the first two phases?
That has crippled any hope of a Kanata link in the foreseeable future.
This is absolutely terrible planning and the people behind these decision should be ashamed. This is bad budgeting and planning of the first order.
It’s time to clean house of the people behind these multi-billion projects of excess.
The top city staffers responsible for these ghastly decisions should be sent packing.