City to discuss western LRT routes amid backlash

Ottawa is preparing for a meeting on the proposed routes for the western leg of the LRT, after many residents spoke against its preferred route at the NCC.

Meeting comes after NCC criticizes process for choosing preferred route

The NCC says it's surprised the city has its preferred western LRT route before its open house. 2:14

The city of Ottawa is preparing to meet on the proposed routes for the western leg of the LRT, after the National Capital Commission said the process for choosing the route is moving too fast.

Many residents spoke against the city's preferred route for the LRT at the NCC annual meeting on Wednesday night.

NCC Chair, Russ Mills, received applause from the audience when he stated the NCC's opposition to the use of any of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and green space.

On Monday the city said it believes a partial underground light-rail line along Richmond Road is the best option for the western extension of the light-rail project.

Western LRT wouldn't begin for another 10 years

Construction wouldn't begin for another 10 years, after the completion of the Confederation Line.

The route would avoid using large sections of NCC land, but it would still travel close to some residential homes near the parkway. Mills says he was surprised by the city's sudden announcement before its public meeting on Thursday evening.

"We were expecting this week, that at the city's open house tomorrow, there would be four routes presented and they would be seeking public comments on them. And the fact it has been rushed ahead and now there's one preferred option doesn't really give us enough time to assess it properly," he said.

Mayor Jim Watson responded on Thursday with a press release saying the city will consider six options at its Transportation Committee meeting on June 5th.

Although a preferred route has been identified, the city stated it will consider further input through its public consultation process.

The city is hosting an open house on its preferred western transit route on Thursday evening at city hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a formal presentation begins at 7:30 p.m.