LRT to Kanata must be a priority for Ottawa

This is a major City building opportunity and an investment in our City and our future. Kanata must be connected.

Residents of Kanata North have made it very clear that light rail transit to Kanata is a priority for our community. Transit issues are already having a big impact on residents, commuters as well as business owners, and we are bracing for further growth as new developments begin in all parts of our community, as more job opportunities are created in the Technology Park, and as DND continues their relocation plans to bring thousands of workers to the Carling Campus.

Kanata North is home to Canada’s largest technology park, which is one of the largest economic engines for the City of Ottawa, contributing $7.8 billion to Canada’s GDP and more than $120 million in taxes to the city. Employment opportunities are plentiful and over 21,000 people come to the Technology Park every day to work from all over the City.

Those that rely on their cars in Kanata are faced with increased traffic as our community continues to grow and investment in our road infrastructure has not kept pace. And residents that rely on public transit are receiving sub-standard levels of service and are repeatedly inconvenienced by buses that are full, late or aren’t showing up.

I have been working to secure LRT to Kanata since 2013 and have repeatedly voiced my concerns and that of the community at Transportation Committee, Council and to the Mayor. We need strong independent leadership that will work to ensure LRT to Kanata happens within reasonable timelines. This is a major City building opportunity and an investment in our City and our future. Kanata must be connected.