Ottawa MP Paul Dewar says the National Capital Commission is ready to talk to the city about allowing OC Transpo buses on the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway during LRT construction.
The city is planning to reroute buses down Scott Street in 2016 when work begins on the western portion of the Transitway.
But west end residents — particularly in the Hintonburg and Preston Street neighbourhoods — have expressed concerns about congestion, noise and safety.
Dewar said he wrote to the NCC to request buses be allowed on the Parkway between Tunney's Pasture and Lebreton Flats to ease congestion.
He said the NCC has replied favourably to the idea, but he says neither the city nor its private partner, the Rideau Transit Group, seem to have approached the NCC with a similar request.
The city's plans call for two of four traffic lanes on Scott Street and Albert Street from Holland Ave. to Empress Avenue be converted to transit-only lanes while work is being done to convert the Transitway into a light rail line.