Message from the Mayor and Councillors
Following the announcement of the Richmond Underground as the preferred Western Light Rail Corridor, many of you took the opportunity to provide your comments on the route. We heard and understood your concerns, and we directed City staff to develop a solution to address them.
The result of this process is that we are proposing to bury a section of the route from east of Skead Street to Cleary Station, at which point the route will continue under Richmond Road to Lincoln Fields. This solution maintains access to the river pathway system, protects the Byron Linear Park and Parkway lands, eliminates negative visual impact, increases safety, and removes concerns about noise.
On the reverse of this flyer you will find a map outlining the proposed Richmond Underground route with the buried section from east of Skead Street to Cleary Station. The map also highlights features of the route and renderings of the Dominion, Cleary and New Orchard stations.
On Monday June 17, 2013, City staff will be available from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a drop in session at City Hall to answer your questions. We also invite you to visit the City's website at ottawa.ca/westernLRT where a short video update is available, as well as other information about this project.
City of Ottawa
Keith Egli, Chair
Preferred Corridor – Richmond Underground
Open House and Drop-in Consultation Session
Monday, June 17
Jean Pigott Place - Ottawa City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
3 to 8 p.m.
This open house and drop-in consultation session will provide an overview of the Western Light Rail Corridor (WLRTC) study progress to date and will address concerns raised by both the public and the National Capital Commission following the April 2013 public release of the preliminary preferred alignment – Richmond Underground.
The City of Ottawa is continuing its planning and environmental assessment study for the proposed WLRTC. The goal of this study is to identify the most effective way to build on the first phase of LRT currently under construction (Confederation Line) to bring service to Baseline Station, increase transit use and provide higher quality transit service. This study is considering alternative options and designs towards a final alignment and it will inform the City's Transportation Master Plan.
The study area stretches between Bayview and Baseline Stations and includes the area from the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway south to Carling Avenue and from the O-Train west to Lincoln Fields and Baseline Stations.
Participants will have an opportunity to meet with City staff to discuss the proposed corridor design, mitigation measures and other issues arising from consultation, including effects on property values and greenspace, operation of the trains, cost and affordability, development implications and the work completed to date. Residents are encouraged to stop by City Hall at their convenience between 3 and 8 p.m.
The study is being undertaken in accordance with the Transit Project Assessment Process as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects. The Project Environmental Assessment Phase will be initiated after completion of the Project Planning Phase.
For those residents who cannot attend the session, the information presented at the open house will be available on ottawa.ca/westernLRT. The City will be accepting comments by e-mail (westernLRT@ottawa.ca) and fax (613-580-2578) until June 21, 2013.