Marjorie Shaver-Jones is opposed to the City of Ottawa's plan to put bus stations on medians in the middle of Baseline Road as part of a plan for a new rapid transit corridor. (Chloé Fedio/CBC)
13.8-kilometre transit corridor requires the partial expropriation of more than 200 properties
By Chloé Fedio, CBC News
The City of Ottawa's $160-million plans for a new rapid transit corridor between Billings Bridge and Bayshore Station could face hordes of opposition at an upcoming committee meeting over concerns of installing bus-only lanes in the middle of Baseline Road.
The proposed 13.8-kilometre Baseline Road Rapid Transit Corridor also requires the partial expropriation of more than 200 residential and commercial properties, as well as the complete acquisition of up to 15 properties, to maintain two lanes of traffic on each side of the road, and include segregated bike lanes for cyclists and sidewalks for pedestrians.
Marjorie Shaver-Jones, the head of the Copeland Park Community Association, has helped collect feedback from hundreds of people in her three-building condo complex, including a petition with some 500 signatures opposing various elements of the city's plan.
A sticking point is the city's plan to place bus stops at medians instead of curbside pickup.
'We think that the dollars can be spent much more wisely to create a much more user-friendly bus system.' - Marjorie Shaver-Jones, Copeland Park Community Association
The condos at 1465, 1485 and 1505 Baseline Road have a total of 1,800 units.
"The current proposed project isn't the best the city can offer and we'd like something better," she said.
"We think that the dollars can be spent much more wisely to create a much more user-friendly bus system that is an improvement on Baseline Road."
Feedback so far has already yielded a key change to the proposal: a signal to allow eastbound vehicles to turn left through the transit corridor for access to the condo complex.
But Shaver-Jones is concerned the planning and environmental assessment study on the project will be rubber-stamped by the Transportation Committee at its February 1 meeting.
The federal government has already pegged $6 million for the design of the transit corridor.
"We're worried it's a done deal," Shaver-Jones said.