The Fairwinds Community Association sent this letter to staff at City Hall in regards to changes to the Transportation Master Plan affecting future rapid transit to Stittsville. (You can read more about the issue in this Ottawa Citizen article.) We welcome your comments on this issue. Please email your thoughts to email@example.com
Here’s a copy of the letter:
November 14, 2013
To: Keith Egli, Nancy Schepers, John Moser
Cc: Shad Qadri, Jim Watson, FCA Secretary
Re: Changes to Transportation Master Plan affecting rapid transit to Stittsville
Hello Keith, Nancy and John.
I am writing on behalf of the Fairwinds Community Association. We represent over 1,000 households in Stittsville near the intersection of Hazeldean and Huntmar.
We are disappointed with recent changes announced to the Transportation Master Plan that will delay planned rapid transit projects serving the Stittsville area until after 2031.
As you know, Stittsville is growing fast. Population is expected to grow from 27,000 today to 71,000 in the next 10-20 years. Dedicated rapid transit infrastructure was part of the Community Design Plan for the Fernbank lands, one of the communities with the highest projected growth. Why was this infrastructure eliminated from the new TMP?
Where bus service exists, our residents use it. Fairwinds has a high number of bus riders, with routes 96, 261 and 263 operating at “standing room only” during rush hour. But as one of our residents put it: why take the bus when it’s sitting bumper-to-bumper on the Queensway in rush hour like every other car commuter?
Here in the west end, there’s little advantage to using buses without having a dedicated transitway. Stittsville and Kanata have been underserved by transit for decades, while Orleans and Barrhaven continue to receive significant investments in their infrastructure.
We are also concerned about growth in traffic volume as Stittsville expands. Due to our location between Fernbank and the 417, we are concerned that any reduction in planned transit infrastructure will cause increased cut-through traffic on our streets and more congestion on all the roads in the area.
We urge the transportation committee to put bus rapid transit back in the master plan for Stittsville. Stittsville and Kanata need dedicated transitway infrastructure to support the rapid growth in our communities.
Sincerely,Glen GowerInterim President, Fairwinds Community Association