Showing posts from January, 2014

Community Rallies to Stop the Buses on Albert/Scott Streets

Ottawa- (January 22 nd , 2014) Today, residents who live near Albert and Scott streets rallied to demand that the city revisit a plan to divert as many as 2500 buses a day onto a widened roadway. They called on the city to find creative solutions that would divert fewer buses through their neighbourhood. “Today’s rally, particularly on such a cold day, reinforces how the community has been frozen out of the decision making process for Confederation Line bus diversions,” said Dalhousie Community Association (DCA) president Michael Powell. “The current plans for diverting all Transitway bus traffic through our neighbourhood will cause a nightmare of safety, health and liveability issues. It is simply not acceptable.” The construction of the Confederation Line will require that the Transitway between Lebreton Flats and Tunney’s Pasture be closed to bus traffic beginning in 2016. The current plan is for Albert and Scott Streets to absorb the entirety of Transitway traffic for the

“2500 Buses a Day? NO WAY!”

It is not too late to change the City’s plan to widen Albert Street to 6 and 7 lanes and to run ALL of the Transitway buses down Albert during light rail construction. Your voice is already making a difference - the City is now looking seriously at alternatives such as the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway for some of the buses. However, concerns remain about air and noise pollution, cyclist and pedestrian safety, and traffic management. There are also fears that Albert will remain widened even after light rail opens in 2018 . We need to ensure that we get a liveable street, now and in 2018. Here are 4 ways you can help: 1.    Attend the community rally on Wednesday, January 22, 7am to 8am Let’s show first-hand just how unworkable the City’s plans are. “Stop 2500 Buses” Community Rally 7am to 8 am, Wednesday, January 22, 2014 Albert @ Preston (east side) “Stop 2500 buses” and “HELP US” signs will be available, or bring your own! 2.    Attend