"Given the long term consequences of the decisions on the Transportation Master Plan, it was important that Council put in the time required to address every question that was raised.
"The plan and how the plan will be phased in make[s] sense. Priority is placed on addressing the most serious problems like congestion in the downtown and along the Queensway in the west end. How quickly we can get the light rail network built is a concern, but addressing this concern means making sure federal and provincial governments provide the funding we need, not continually reopening the plan.
"After the discussion on Carling as a light rail corridor, I feel people need more information on the difference between what is required for a rapid transit light rail route and a light rail route providing local service in a high traffic corridor. Some of the proposals led people to believe that it was possible to have rapid transit speeds for local light rail costs. Yet none of the examples mentioned provided that combination."
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Kanata South Councillor Peggy Feltmate was among the first supporters of the recently-approved transit plan for the city, and is still confident that it addresses Ottawa's most serious public transit problems. In response to an e-mail sent to all of council, Feltmate was one of a few that responded, and she offered her comments on the process, and on the final product: