From the Ottawa Citizen:
Council and its planners have for years wanted to use light-rail technology and this is to be confirmed Wednesday, a senior city official said. Light rail with overhead wires means Ottawa would not have to ensure that the whole system is grade-separated.The wheels are in motion, apparently.
Therefore, future extensions of the rail corridor into outlying communities would allow the rail cars to run at road level, if necessary.
The technology choice, to be confirmed by councillors Nov. 18, sets the stage for more detailed planning and negotiations for the transit project, which sees: a downtown tunnel; the bus transitway converted to rail from Blair Station to Tunney’s Pasture; rail extended eventually to Baseline Station, as well as to the south; and expansions of the bus system in suburban areas.
Maybe deploying LRT will allow for some inter-lining. In the future, a LRT along Rideau, Montreal and St-Joseph similar to Toronto's Transit City at-grade proposal could be inter-lined with the currently proposed line.
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