November 26, 2004

All aboard!

For people with strong feelings about the O-Train, light rail, and/or public transit in general in Ottawa, the city is hosting a series of open houses this coming week. The city is seeking public input as the environmental assessment gets underway for the proposed east-west corridor LRT line.

Here's the information on the open houses:

Posted by anatole at November 26, 2004 08:42 PM

I love that none of these locations are particularly easy to get to by public transit. yeesh.

Posted by: julie at November 28, 2004 10:55 PM

It's to drive home the point that it's so badly needed. ;) Actually, the only reason I can think of is that those locations appear to be near the proposed east-west route.

Posted by: Anatole at November 29, 2004 12:49 AM

Does anybody remember Ilker Eke from Lisgar? Oh, and his sister Aida, and maybe Jasmine too? Their dad, Bahadur, is working on a counter-proposal to the O-train that suggests using the existing freight tracks throughout Ottawa rather than spending billions and billions on a fancy, shiny, "world-city-status"-affirming LRT system. I wish he had a webpage about it, but I haven't seen anything.

I'm pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Ottawa planning docs... at least, the writing and clarity in the 2020 vision document is good. The ideas seem pretty good as well.

Posted by: George at November 30, 2004 11:16 AM

I see, I'm learning... by "O-train alternative" I mean "Light-rail alternative"... since the expensive plan in the works for Ottawa is to do a light rail ring around the city, even where there are already existing freight tracks. The problem is that on freight tracks you can't have "light" rail, only real train cars, for safety/code reasons, I think. And, of course, real train cars aren't sexy, don't hum in a 21st-century pitch, etc. But they could get you to work on time and save you millions or even billions of tax dollars because you wouldn't need to lay track.

Right. I still can't find any supporting information online. I'd love to just see a map of existing freight tracks in Ottawa vs. the proposed LRT tracks, for starters.

Posted by: George at November 30, 2004 11:37 AM