RedBlacks shuttles reduced on Lakeside Ave.

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By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Fewer shuttle buses will rumble down a residential street near Dows Lake before this week's Ottawa RedBlacks game.

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said Monday that the number TD Place-bound shuttles taking Lakeside Ave. will be reduced by 65-70% [note: 50% is more likely, according to City staff] for the Friday night game.

Lakeside Ave. is a short stretch that connects Bronson Ave. with Queen Elizabeth Dr. Shuttle buses have been using the road travelling to and from parking lots at Canada Post and Vincent Massey Park. Residents of the road don't like the constant flow of hundreds of buses each game night.

Now, many of those buses will take Heron Rd. and Prince of Wales Dr. to access Queen Elizabeth Dr. en route to TD Place.

"It's just as fast, maybe even faster," Chernushenko said.

The dead-head buses going back to pick up more fans from the parking lots will use Carling Ave. and no post-game shuttles will use Lakeside Ave., he said.

A special Lansdowne Park transportation committee met Friday to review the shuttle plans. The committee has even been reviewing video of the traffic flows to help officials make changes.

"We will be constantly tweaking it," Chernushenko said.

The free bike parking at Lansdowne has been well-used for the football games and Chernushenko hopes more cyclists will use the service. Cyclists who have been locking to posts on Bank St. are encouraged to use the bike parking at Lansdowne to free up space on Bank St. sidewalks, he said.

The next challenge will be to convince the National Capital Commission to continue allowing shuttle buses on Queen Elizabeth Dr. for RedBlacks games. The shuttle access is a pilot project for the first half of the season.

Chernushenko doesn't see how the shuttle system would function properly without using Queen Elizabeth Dr. since there would be a crush of people and buses on Bank St.

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