Extensions to our Plan
The following are future extensions to the Friends of the O-Train plan. Each is approximately 2-3 km long and range in cost from $11 - $66 million. None of these extensions would be possible if the city's deluxe all-electric plan is taken. The money saved by using the Friends' plan could be allocated to do any of these extensions quickly and easily.
CASINO Du LAC LEAMY
MARCH RD KANATA
OTTAWA VIA STATION
TACHE/TERRASSE de la CHAUDIERE
|ALTA VISTA/HOSPITALS (link)||Light rail could extended from Hurdman, along either the existing VIA rail corridor, or along the existing Transitway corridor, to enter the General Hospital complex.|
There would be stations accessible from CHEO, The Ottawa Hospital (General Campus), and the Rehabilitation Centre.
This extension would be electric, and would extend the downtown eLRT line. The eLRT vehicles would be quiet, and would not disturb patients.
Service to the hospitals would be focused on shift changes, as well as providing all-day service for visitors and out-patients. The eLRT vehicles would be able to accomodate many physically challenged patients, accomodating patients in wheel chairs.
This extension would require additional eLRT vehicles to provide peak-hour service, and could provide service levels from one train per 15 minutes, up to one 600-person train every 3 minutes.
This extension could be done for less than $66M (9 minute service).
|BARRHAVEN (link)||The North/South O-train line could be extended from Confederation station along the VIA line to Barrhaven.|
This extension would provide for stations at Colonnade (shared with a Kanata extension), as well as stations at Merivale, Fallowfield, and Jockvale Rd. The initial terminus would be Fallowfield, with one or two additional stations added to the south-west.
The line would be shared with VIA rail, and this would require two passing tracks to permit VIA trains to pass the LRT vehicles.
Diesel LRTs would initially provide service to Bayview, including stops at Carleton University.
This line could be operational 3-4 months after an Environmental Assessment, and cost:
$32M - FALLOWFIELD/jockvale (15 minute service on DLRT)
$11M - FALLOWFIELD/416-park'n'ride.
|CASINO Du LAC LEAMY (link)||Light rail could be extended to the Casino de Lac Leamy.|
This could be done with diesel LRT (using Bombardier Talent, or Siemens Desiro). If ridership waranted, the line could be electrified at a later date.
Service from South Keys would have every second train travel across the Prince-of-Wales bridge (via Bayview station) next to St.Joseph Blvd in Gatineau, terminating at the Casino.
The Casino is slated to be a major transfer point of the recently announced Gatineau/STO Rapibus project. Further, the Casino has a number of parking garages which are essentially empty from 9 to 5 that would permit park'n'ride for Gatineau based employees that work in Ottawa.
A station at Tache Blvd would easily connect to 14 different STO routes that originate from West Hull and Aylmer. Along with the proposed Kanata extension, this could provide for a 1-transfer service connecting Aylmer and Kanata.
For Ottawa based employees who work on St.Joseph Blvd (such as at Place Vincent Massey) the LRT would provide a very efficient service. The use of the Prince of Wales bridge would significantly reduce bus congestion on Booth Street,
Rideau Street, and King Edward Avenue.
This extension would require one additional vehicle, some signal upgrades, and construction of stations. This extension and the Terrasse extension would cost $19M combined, and could be operational in less than 1 year, provided the politicians were all willing.
|OTTAWA VIA STATION (link)||The downtown eLRT could be extended from Hurdman to the VIA train station.|
This extension could be done using the transitway to the existing train transitway station or with a platform at the West end of the VIA station beside the existing VIA train platform.
This would provide for cross-platform transfers from arriving VIA trains. Later the line could be extended to parts further East, as envisioned by the Rapid Transit Expansion Study. (cf Blackburn Hamlet extension, to be documented)
The extension from Hurdman to VIA station could be done for $38M.
|TUNNEYS' PASTURE (link)||The downtown eLRT line could be extended from Bayview to Tunney's Pasture along the transitway. |
The eLRT would share the transitway with buses coming in from the west. Some bus routes (16,18,55,57,86,176) would terminate at Tunney's rather than continue to Bayview. These routes would extend North into Tunney's Pasture providing a circulator service for people getting off the LRT or other buses.
Other routes would continue to terminate at the Bayview transfer station.
This extension would reduce the number of transfers for East end originating employees of Health Canada and Stats Canada.
The LRT heading West from Bayview would climb a ramp on the North side of the transitway trench between Parkdale and Holland Avenue and stop at grade on the East site of Holland. This would allow trains that reverse here to do so without interfering with buses travelling in the transitway trench below.
A huge advantage of this for passengers is that they will not have to climb the stairs to get to the buildings at Tunney's, and they will have bus routes (16,18,55,57,86,176) going by every three minutes to take them to work.
This extension could be done for less than $29M.
|TERRASSE de la CHAUDIERE (link)||Light rail could be extended to the Terrasse de la Chaudiere.|
This could be done with diesel LRT (using Bombardier Talent, or Siemens Desiro). This could also be done with electric LRT, extending the downtown system across the bridge into downtown Gatineau. The two options are not mutually exclusive.
Service from South Keys would have every second train travel across the Prince-of-Wales bridge (via Bayview station) to stop at Montcalm and Tache near Terrasse.
A station at the bus depot on Tache Blvd (at Terasse) would easily connect to 14 different STO routes that originate from West Hull and Aylmer. Many of these routes could be terminated there or at Portage, avoiding the congestion (and delays) that they experience while crossing the bridges to Ottawa. This would permit STO to run more frequent and reliable service in Gatineau.
For Ottawa based employees who work at Terrasse or Place du Portage (PWGSC, Heritage, many others) the LRT would provide a very efficient service. The use of the Prince of Wales bridge would significantly reduce bus congestion on Booth Street, Ridean Street, and King Edward Avenue.
This extension would require one additional diesel vehicle, some signal upgrades, and construction of stations. This extension and the Casino extension would cost $19M combined (for the diesel option) and could be operational in less than 1 year, provided the politicians were all willing.
|MARCH RD KANATA (link)||The North/South O-Train line could be extended from Confederation station, along the OCR right of way to Kanata.|
This is a long extension, and would have stations in Kanata (March Rd), at Herzberg Rd, the Queensway Carleton Hospital/Bells Corners, as well as stations at Woodroffe, Merivale and Colonnade.
A person boarding at Kanata would have 30 minute service to Bayview, with transfers to the downtown eLRT, or possible extension to Gatineau.
This extension would be done with diesel LRT vehicles.
This extension has not yet been detailed priced, but may be possible for less than $41M.
The train from Kanata could be extended from Confederation through Billings to Hurdman using the VIA line, rather than to Bayview.
Such an extension might provide for 1-transfer service between Orleans and Kanata, avoiding downtown. (This trip would take approx. 45-50 minutes from Place d'Orleans to March Road by bus and train, compared to 1 hour 18 minutes by bus today).