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Kanata Light Rail Transit Planning and Environmental Assessment Study

Project overview

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.

Study Area

This is a figure showing the study area as identified in the Transportation Master Plan. The area extends westerly from Moodie Drive and comprises the area surrounding Highway 417 to Huntmar Road, wherein it further travels south to Palladium Drive. There

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.

Study Process

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.

Study Timeline

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.

Get involved!

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 Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa 
Email: Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 x 15210

Open House #1 - June 5, 2017

Monday, June 5, 2017
Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A
100 Charlie Rogers Place, K2V 1A2
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
OC Transpo routes: 61, 62, 88, 167
Parking is available

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. 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).

The study will examine LRT corridor options for a broader area to the north and south of Highway 417. The outcome will be a Recommended Plan that identifies the LRT corridor, station locations, and supporting facilities, and determines an implementation strategy based on ridership and affordability.

Open House Display Boards [ PDF 3.143 MB ]

The EA 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.

Information on the Kanata LRT Planning and EA Study is available at ottawa.ca/KanataLRT or Ottawa.ca/kanatatlr. Comments received will be collected under TPAP, and with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email the project manager below before the event.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact:

Angela Taylor, P.Eng.Senior Project Engineer
Transportation Planning
Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
Email: Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 x 15210

Open House #2 - December 7, 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A
100 Charlie Rogers Pl, K2V 1A2
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
OC Transpo routes: 61, 88, 167
Parking is available

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. Extending LRT to Kanata is identified in the Ultimate Network in the City's 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP). The previous Open House for this project was held in June 2017.  At that time, the City presented the evaluation of alternative corridors and identified a preliminary preferred corridor.

To date, the Study Team has finalized the recommended corridor and at this open house will present design details on the recommended plan, station locations and concept designs, and the requirement for a light maintenance and storage facility.

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.

Comments received will be collected under TPAP, and with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please contact the project manager below before the event.

For further information or to provide comments, please contact:

Angela Taylor, P.Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Transportation Planning - Transportation Services Department
City of Ottawa
Email: Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca
613-580-2424 x 15210