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

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