Friday, May 14, 2010

Good news for Ottawa's light rail

A couple of (city-sponsored) reports were released this week, and they gave out some pretty happy numbers about what the city's light-rail transit plan might reasonably be expected to offer. From the Ottawa Citizen:
The city's planned light-rail project will spur $3 billion in economic stimulus from construction alone, create the equivalent of 20,000 jobs for a year and save 38,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2031, according to two city-sponsored reports released Thursday.
Not too bad. It's also, according to these studies, expected to save commuters time (I should hope so) and should increase public transit riders by nine percent.