“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.
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 a community information session on January 18 or 19
View the current plans for Albert Street during and after the detour, sign a postcard to the Mayor, and chat with your neighbours about a liveable Albert Street. Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, January 18, 10am to 12 noon
Centretown Citizens’ Ottawa Corporation
170 Booth @ Albert (storefront on Booth)
Saturday, January 18, 2pm to 4pm
The Good Companions Seniors’ Centre 670 Albert @ Empress
Sunday, January 19, 2pm to 4pm
Plant Recreation Centre (lobby)
Preston @ Somerset
3. Send a postcard to the Mayor today
Let’s make it clear to Mayor Watson that this issue is not going away. Send a “No to 2500 buses” postcard to the Mayor (below and here) and sign a printed postcard at the community event, the community drop-ins and local shops until January 31.
4. Spread the word
Talk to your friends and neighbours, join our Facebook page, tweet, blog, comment online, write a letter to the editor.
Consider talking and writing about:
· What the widening of Albert to 6 and 7 lanes and the introduction of 2500 buses a day will mean for you and your family
· Your concerns about pedestrian and cyclist safety, noise and air pollution, and traffic management
· Your vision of a liveable Albert Street (both during the detour and after light rail is running in 2018)