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October 21st - Barrhaven Light Rail Transit Environmental Project Report

Barrhaven Light Rail Transit (Baseline Station to Barrhaven Town Centre) and Rail Grade-Separations Environmental Project Report

Notice of Commencement of Transit Project Assessment Process


The Project:

The City of Ottawa is planning to extend Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Baseline Station to the Barrhaven Town Centre. This will include rail grade-separations of Woodroffe Avenue, the Southwest Transitway and Fallowfield Road where these corridors cross the VIA Rail Smiths Falls Subdivision line. Pre-planning and on-going consultation activities for this project commenced in 2018 and resulted in a Recommended Plan that was approved by Ottawa City Council on November 25, 2020.


The Recommended Plan incorporates:

  • 10 kilometres of twin-track, fully segregated electric LRT. This will include 2.4 kilometres of elevated guideway west of Woodroffe Avenue between Baseline Station and the Nepean Sportsplex, and conversion of the existing 7.6 kilometres Southwest Transitway, between Nepean Sportsplex and Barrhaven Town Centre, from bus to LRT,

  • Conversion of the four (4) existing BRT stations (Fallowfield, Longfields, Strandherd and Barrhaven Centre) to LRT stations and the creation of three (3) new stations (Tallwood, Knoxdale, and Nepean Sportsplex)

  • A Train Storage and Servicing Facility (TSSF) near the VIA Rail overpass on Greenbank Road,

  • Three (3) new bridges over the VIA Rail line at Woodroffe Avenue, the Southwest Transitway and Fallowfield Road; and,

  • A bus-to-rail transfer terminal and 250-spot park-and-ride at the Barrhaven Town Centre.

Study Process:

The environmental impacts of this transit project will be assessed according to the transit project assessment process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings of the Environmental Assessment Act. As part of the transit project assessment process, an Environmental Project Report (EPR) is being prepared. All information produced during the study course will be available on the project website: Ottawa.ca/barrhavenlrt


The draft EPR will be made available for review from the project website on October 23, 2021. The deadline for comments on the draft EPR is November 23, 2021. Comments on the EPR can be submitted to the project email Barrhavenlrt/tlr@ottawa.ca

The next step will be to finalize the EPR which will include a 30-day public review after posting the Notice of Completion.


Consultation:

Members of the public and agencies and other interested persons are encouraged to participate in the transit project assessment process.


For further information, or for accessibility requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us at: Barrhavenlrt/tlr@ottawa.ca



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