Tear Down Ottawa LRT, Redesign: THE VOTER


The Voter, much respected in the municipal field, takes a provocative look at Ottawa’s troubled light rail.

This is a small measure to what OC Transpo should be doing with the LRT.

The city should be closing the whole thing end-to-end, reinstating our bus services across the city and start from scratch to redesign a train in its entirety.

If it turns out that, in a best-case model, there are parts of the existing O-Train that can be salvaged and reused, by all means go for it but there should be no presumption that any part or parcel of the current and planned system has any value whatsoever.

This might sound harsh but if we keep on patching the bits and pieces of the system (and I use the word ‘system’ loosely), we will continue pouring money and resources into a black hole while giving residents service that, when it exists at all, is unreliable at best.

At what point are we all going to say enough is enough and give up on this disaster? Hint: the time for that is past.

Let’s just get on with it.

The Voter is a respected community activist and long-time Bulldog commenter who prefers to keep her identity private.




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2 Responses

  1. David Jones says:

    That sounds baby and bathwater. I’d say sell the rolling stock and lay new tracking. People might thing you were advocating tossing those incredibly expensive stations, tunnels and other elements.

  2. Richard says:

    It is not the tracks per se, but the curves to accommodate the location of the Hurdman station that are at fault. SO, yes the track in sections needs to be “re-laid” , but over a new/different route. Now THAT’s where the dollars are going to hurt.

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