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Critics say light rail connects little more than malls

Proposed light rail stations connect shopping malls, not communities,and may do little to increase ridership, some city councillors said.

Proposed light rail stations connect shopping malls, not communities, and may do little to increase ridership, some city councillors said.


“It’s mall to mall – we’re not going into Lowertown, we’re not going into Sandy Hill,” said Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury following an update Tuesday at city hall on preliminary engineering work on the light rail project.


Geotechnical survey work on a proposed light rail route has begun, but Fleury said he thinks there may still be room for changes. The current engineering work is based on a route approved earlier this year on Jan. 13 by the last city council.


City staff giving the engineering update said the locations of LRT stations had been based on detailed data on ridership.


“People will easily walk up to 800 metres to access a station,” said deputy city manager, Nancy Schepers. “A lot of work has been done on maximizing capture.”

 
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