Harder Wonders If Highway LRT Would Work

- June 7th, 2012

Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder offered this suggestion during the western LRT meeting yesterday: Why not run LRT down the Queensway?

I wasn’t sure if she was serious, so naturally I had to ask over Twitter:

We chatted again after committee adjourned.

“Let’s see what traction it gets,” Harder said after the meeting. “Should it be on the table?”

It would be a rapid route for rail, she said.

I had to pop into Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. Peter Clark’s office to find out if this idea has ever come up. As a former regional chairman, he knows a bit of the history about transportation infrastructure in Ottawa. Clark said, in fact, the Queensway/LRT idea did surface several years ago. In his opinion, it wouldn’t work today because the highway has been widened to the point where there is little land available. A large land acquisition of private properties would likely be needed and that could be very messy. Then there are whatever hoops you would need to jump through with the province, which owns the highway.

But, as Harder asks, should it be on the table? Should the city see if the Queensway is technically feasible for LRT?

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1 comment

  1. True.North says:

    Technically feasible. But pointless. What’s the point of putting LRT where there are no riders?

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