The City of Ottawa has initiated this Planning and Environmental Assessment (EA) study to develop a Recommended Plan to extend Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Moodie Drive to Kanata.
Rationale for the Study
This Planning and EA Study will define a corridor for the future expansion of the City’s LRT network to Kanata. Extending LRT to Kanata is identified in the Ultimate Network in the City's 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP). This study will update the work done in the TMP, examining potential corridors along Highway 417, and to the north and south of the highway beyond the study area map shown above. The study outcome will be a Recommended Plan that identifies the LRT corridor, station locations, and supporting facilities, and determines a project staging and implementation strategy based on ridership and affordability. While this project is not currently part of the City’s Affordable Rapid Transit Network, the City needs to identify the LRT corridor and functional design to establish future right-of-way requirements, protect the corridor, and inform the ongoing planning and development of adjacent lands.
The Environmental Assessment portion of the study will be undertaken in accordance with the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects. The City must consider alternative corridors and designs for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental effects of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts.
The study will also address potential implications of federal and National Capital Commission (NCC) properties and the need for federal approvals to implement the project.
As part of the study process, an Environmental Project Report (EPR) will be prepared for public review following the Notice of Commencement being issued.
The study process will include a consultation program involving many stakeholders, including the City of Ottawa, the National Capital Commission, other approval and regulatory agencies, local community associations, businesses and institutions, special advisory and interest groups, and members of the public. The Study is expected to be completed by December 2018.
You are encouraged to participate in the study by attending consultation events or by directly contacting the Study Team with information, comments or questions. Updated project information will be posted periodically on the study website.
The study will also have the benefit of input from Agency, Business and Public Consultation Groups that will meet at key points during the study.
Open House meetings will be scheduled throughout the Study to provide an opportunity for interested persons to learn about the study and offer input. Notifications for the Open House will be provided through local newspapers, emails to the study mailing list and postings on the website.
To have your name placed on the study mailing list or to submit comments or questions, please contact:
Angela Taylor, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
613-580-2424 x 15210