June 5, 2006
- Fred MacLennan, President
- Alan Asselstine, Treasurer
- Peter Brimacombe, Secretary
- Fred Winters, Director
- John Sankey, Director
- Pat Murphy, Councillor’s Office
- Maria McRae, City councillor
City Councillor Maria McRae submitted a written report.
Fred McLennan led the discussion on Ottawa’s LRT system: There are two lines: north-south and east-west.
Alan Asselstine: Walkley Road is the preferred route for the east-west route from St Laurent to the Airport Parkway. At the parkway it will go south to the hydro right of way. It will follow the hydro right of way behind the South Riverside residents to Riverside Drive. It has the two advantages – it is already developed and would have a higher ridership and would preserve the existing CNR route for important freight traffic. Alan feels that West of the Airport Parkway the line should continue along Walkley until Riverside Drive and then turn south to the existing CNR bridge over the Rideau River.
John Sankey noted that he is mapping the paths through McCarthy Woods.
John Sankey: Bus stops are too close together – the constant pressure to add bus stops is slowing down the whole system. The guidelines are routinely ignored: bus stops should not be closer than 250 meters and 90% of the population near bus routes should not have to walk more than 450 meters. A group will formulate questions to OC Transpo so that it will give greater weight to this issue.
Fred Winters: The snow-removal operation last winter took out a section of the curb on Sparrow Way. He asked about the constructed-wetlands near the O-Train line.
Maria McRae: Took note of the damage to the curb. The constructed-wetlands reduce pollution and erosion along Sawmill Creek.
Next meeting: Tue 5 Sep 2006 at 7:30pm