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Thursday, May 9, 2013

KHCA Western Light Rail Train Corridor Submission

                                     Western Light Rail Train Corridor
The corridor chosen to connect Bayview Station and Baseline Station with Western Light Rail Train planning has an important and significant impact on the lives of Kanata residents and the City of Ottawa as a whole.     It costs more to construct the Carling Avenue line which reduces the resources available for other projects.      The fact that Bayshore/Kanata/Stittsville passengers board already full trains from Baseline Station means “standing room only” service on longer trips along Carling Avenue – leads to an early traffic gridlock in Ottawa as  more residents choose to drive their cars.  
The Katimavik Hazeldean Community Association requests that City of Ottawa Staff and City of Ottawa Councillors ensure that the route from Tunney’s Pasture Station to Cleary Road and along Richmond Road/Byron Avenue to Lincoln Fields Station identified by City Staff as the “Preferred Recommendation” to City Council be defended and selected as the final route chosen by the City and the National Capital Commission.
From the proposal to simply construct a second phase of the LRT from Bayview to Baseline we are to be relegated to standing from Lincoln Fields to downtown as we are bussed to the Lincoln Fields Station to board LRT trains that originate in at Baseline Station and in which passengers from Barrhaven and the Baseline/Centrepointe area are already seated.   
The project needs to include at a minimum the construction of LRT service to Bayshore Station/Moodie Station as well as to Baseline.      A person cannot be expected to happily switch from private cars or to continue using OC Transpo service in order to stand in crowded trains.
A similar approach applies to the routing of Bayview Station to Baseline Station service on Carling Avenue which has been reported as meaning the increase in trip times, the increase in the number of trains to provide the required level of service to meet demand.
In particular,  even should there use of Carling Avenue increase in the trip time to just ten minutes involve per trip -  the Carling Avenue routing would annually cost the economy $300 million in 2012 Dollars by 2031 when the WLRT is projected to start service.    The total annual cost is based on the projected passenger volumes of 50,000 trips week days in each direction over 200 days and an additional 20% for the remainder 165 days of the year, at a value of $40. per hour.
The additional capital spending on extra train cars is based on need to have an additional train for every three minutes of extra travel time imposed on travellers by the Carling Avenue route to accommodate the same demand.
In short there are five factors to be included in Councillors choices.   First is the   considerable additional construction cost of the Carling Avenue route as compared with the preferred Byron/Richmond/Cleary route.     Second, there is annual $300 Million (2012 dollars) in lost travel time by 2031 even with ten minutes extra travel time per trip.    Third, there will need to be a greater capital cost to provide more trains.   Fourth, the failure to connect at least to Bayshore/Moodie area imposes “standing room only” burdens on all residents living West of Lincoln Fields Station including Kanata residents.  
Finally increased trip times means the loss of ridership that is directly produced by the actual and comparative travel time when transit trip time is contrasted with car travel time.    To the extent transit trip time favours car travel the longer transit trip time produces more pollution.   Clearly the result causes automobile congestion and eventually having commuters trade off rush hour gridlock against transit to the extent that adjustment in trip mode is seen as reasonably possible.    Simply put increased transit trip times means Ottawa can expect unnecessarily early arrival of gridlock on Ottawa’s roads.    Extending the Light Rail Train service into Kanata/Stittsville, Barrhaven and Orleans is a much more appropriate use of City resources than having light rail trains on Carling Avenue.
May 3, 2013
Rod MacLean
Katimavik Hazeldean Community Association
Keeping Neighbourliness Easy