Really, all the master plan reviews are intriguing in different ways, but the transportation master plan has such a strong focus at City Hall and messing with any of the priorities in the document could start some battles.
I saw a hint of this recently while writing about how the western corridor LRT extension. Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley wants to improve rapid transit going west to his neck of the woods, and Gloucester-South Nepean Coun. Steve Desroches talked about bringing rail into Riverside South in a more timely manner.
The city will take a hard look at what it can realistically do by 2031 and what it can afford.
What about this: Does running LRT farther east make more sense in the shorter term than trying to navigate the tricky extension to Lincoln Fields? Bringing LRT to Orleans is not part of the current transportation master plan, while the Baseline Station (via Lincoln Fields) LRT extension is.
Then there are the road projects. Should West Hunt Club Rd. be widened from four to six lanes by 2031, as suggested in the plan? Are there better road widening priorities?
Mayor Jim Watson has talked about keeping focus on the immediate transit projects, like the downtown LRT system, but this council obviously can’t avoid taking a long-term view of transportation planning.
The transportation committee is going to have some fun.