Council approves design for Barrhaven LRT

Light rail transit will extend to Barrhaven if upper levels of government invest in the $3-billion project. City Council today approved extending LRT by 10 kilometres and seven stations from Baseline Station to Barrhaven Town Centre. The design includes three crossings to separate VIA Rail tracks from Woodroffe Avenue, the southwest Transitway and Fallowfield Road, along with interim measures to make transit more efficient and reliable along Woodroffe Avenue. Council previously approved an environmental assessment to extend LRT to Kanata and Stittsville. Together with the Barrhaven extension, these projects comprise Stage 3 of LRT.

To reduce buses downtown and improve transit, Council endorsed the Société de transport de l'Outaouais' all-tram scenario for its proposed transit-system expansion, along with two options to integrate the tramway in Ottawa. The preferred corridor is a tunnel under Sparks Street. Council will only recommend the alternate surface corridor on Wellington Street with traffic maintained if the STO cannot secure funding for the tunnel and resolve outstanding issues with the corridor.

Source : City of Ottawa

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