Clive Doucet's Plan for Ottawa Transit

Clive Doucet's Plan for Ottawa Transit
Posted on September 8, 2018 | Clive Doucet | Written on September 6, 2018
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Many growing cities approaching 1.5 million people introduce a regional rail service. Toronto introduced regional rail in 1967, with the Go Train system. The Ottawa-Gatineau Metropolitan Area has surpassed the 1.3 million mark, and it's time to get the city moving.

We will introduce regional rail, alongside Phase 2 of the light rail system, that connects Kanata, Barrhaven, Kanata North, Stittsville, Bells Corners, Richmond, Navan, Vars, Merivale, Kinburn, Fitzroy, Limoges, Smiths Falls and Gatineau.

We will run trains on rail lines that already exist in the National Capital Region, making this a cost-effective solution to get 20,000 cars off the 417, reduce our carbon footprint, open our city for business, and connect the four corners of the National Capital Region. This plan will integrate itself with our present OC Transpo system.

The key to delivering a new regional  rail service is fixing the rail line near Bayview Station and reopening the Prince of Wales bridge.

These are keystone connections which must be repaired so that full service trains can travel between Ottawa and Gatineau.

Our Capital Region Rail system will be implemented in three phases over four years.

Phase 1: Restoring the Prince of Wales Bridge and Related Infrastructure

Renovating the Prince of Wales bridge and adding dedicated pedestrian and cyclist pathways. This phase will be completed in thirteen months: one month for the Request for Proposal Process (RFP), twelve months for the renovation and required construction to add a pedestrian and cyclist pathways.

Phase 2: Restoring Train Service to the Prince of Wales Bridge

Launch a three-month RFP process for the work required to revitalize the rail system in the region, and dedicate eighteen months for the necessary construction to restore train service on the Prince of Wales Bridge.

Phase 3: Getting Ottawa Moving

Getting the Capital Region Rail Service running from Kanata North, Bells Corners and Stittsville in the west, Barrhaven, Richmond and Smiths Falls in the South, Vars, Navan, and Limoges in the East, and Gatineau in the North. We expect the Capital Regional Rail to be fully operational by 2022.

Key Costs

40-50 million to repair the Prince of Wales bridge.

25 million to fix the rail line near Bayview station so that regional rail can go forwards.

About The Author

A career on the front lines of the city.

Clive Doucet is a passionate urbanist. His life is all about cities: how they work; what people need from them; and how to make them better.  He was... More

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