KANATA- Today, it was announced that the City of Ottawa will begin the planning work that is required for Stage 3 of the city’s light rail transit (LRT) system, which will one day extend from Bayshore Station to Kanata.
“I am very pleased to hear about this announcement”, said Jack MacLaren, Member of Provincial Parliament for Carleton-Mississippi Mills, which includes Kanata. “Kanata is a significant part of Ottawa’s west end, and this major LRT infrastructure project will ensure it is connected to the rest of the city, and vice versa”. MacLaren also noted some potential benefits that could come from this project once it is completed. “LRT could reduce traffic volume, congestion, and daily commute times, while increasing productivity, mobility, and accessibility for employment opportunities- especially here in Kanata’s vibrant and booming high tech sector”, he said.
City staff will begin preparing the first stage of the Environmental Assessment for Stage 3 of the LRT project over the summer, so that the Statement of Work will be ready for the Transportation Committee this September.
Successive Councils have made light rail transit Ottawa’s number one priority.
MacLaren understands just how important the LRT project is to the future of Kanata. “There is no doubt this is a legacy project that will define the City for decades to come, and I look forward to working with my municipal and federal colleagues on LRT,” finished MacLaren.