The future possibility of Light Rail Transit in Kanata North has never been as strong as it is today and we deserve an engaged, proactive and constructive voice at City Council to fight for this legacy infrastructure.
Residents all over Ottawa have seen their taxes directed to two LRT stages and tens of thousands will directly benefit. In Kanata North, a vast majority of my neighbours have told me that they want future planned allocations to be fair and that our next Councillor works hard to put the community interest first to deliver LRT much sooner than the mid 2030’s.
LRT will rejuvenate our transit service with a bold new culture to support future growth with transportation infrastructure such as bus rapid transit, cycling and pedestrian access. More importantly, LRT connects us for a better quality of life to get to work or enjoy all that our city has to offer for entertainment, arts and culture. In fact, Kanata’s original planning resulted in the development and growth of leading-edge connectivity platforms through the trailblazing vision of Bill Teron in creating our high tech sector and we, better than others, understand the value of connecting people and communities.
We must not wait any longer – an Environmental Assessment has been completed for Stage 3 making LRT a, “train that has left the station”. Let’s discuss it as a modernization opportunity for our transportation infrastructure, how it will reduce reliance on cars to lower frustrating commutes and congestion while supporting our environment and, how it will support small business and allow the technology park to attract and retain talent and bolster corporate investment and jobs.
Stage 3 LRT is critical for the west end and local Councillors must express support with a strong and united voice by approaching senior levels of government to generate even more momentum for Kanata and Stittsville residents and value for our tax dollars.
Our eye is on the prize as we want mobility solutions to improve our quality of life. LRT inspires us to change our behaviour, but we need to be offered tangible solutions that work for us with proven leadership.