Tramway project on Alexandre-Taché and Aylmer Road

As I have said many times, I am strongly opposed to a tramway project on Alexandre-Taché and Aylmer Road. Here are some of the reasons:

  • removal of existing traffic lanes for dedicated rail enclosures (this punishes the majority of motorists)
  • duplication of services (there are already buses serving the proposed tram routes)
  • the social and financial costs of the expropriations (Alexandre-Tâché and the Aylmer Road are not wide enough for this project)
  • the inefficiency of an independent STO system (we should fully integrate into the O-Train light rail system)
  • impacts on heritage sites, such as Bellevue Cemetery and McConnell Farm, where Aylmer Road is very narrow
  • etc.

Gatineau council voted to seek funding for a rail project in the west.  Council did not vote for a tramway on a specific route.

This diagram provides a counterproposal. This “Phase I of O-Train in Gatineau” creates new transport spaces, is fully integrated with the O-Train and allows for the possible addition of future lines (CÉGEPs, Luskville, Rapides Deschênes with a bridge to connect eventually to Lincoln Fields, etc.).

I remain open and available for all related discussions and consultations.

 

-Mike Duggan, councillor for Deschênes ward

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  • DIANE MOREAU
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    i HERE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BRIDGE BUILT FROM MARINA ACROSS TO ONTARIO, CAN YOU TELL ME IF THIS IS HAPPENING SOON

    • admin
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      Hi Diane, the possibility of building a new bridge from Gatineau to Ontario is definitely being considered. However, the likelihood of a bridge being built from the Aylmer Marina is very low (I estimate around 0%). In my opinion, a good location to consider is a crossing from Vieux-Deschênes to Britannia Bay, as the distance across the water is much shorter, and much more affordable to build. There is currently a political battle between spending on bridges vs. public transit. The public transit lobby is currently dominant and anti-bridge. I am pro-bridge and gaining in influence. Stay tuned.
      -Mike Duggan

  • Fortunato Sdao
    Reply

    Can you please comment on the rezoning of Chemin Fraser and other streets in the area with concerns for future flooding. I have heard that the flood zone will be expanded to Lucerne by city council.

    • admin
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      Hello Mr. Sdao,

      Thank you for the message. The post-flood planning is underway, and nothing is decided yet. Personally, I believe the province is not on the right track (their maps, for example, do not reflect the realities of Gatineau) and I am looking for a higher level of consultation with provincial authorities, and the mayor is in agreement with the need for more interaction before making any declarations. Stay tuned, it’s still early in the process.

      -Mike Duggan

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