This morning at the meeting of City Council, a Notice of Motion was introduced to explore the extension of LRT to Barrhaven. The motion will seek approval from Council to fund the launch of an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study into the future conversion of the Barrhaven Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor to Light Rail Transit (LRT) service.
This EA study would assess costs and timelines for implementation. The study would also consider facilities and active transportation infrastructure that will support Barrhaven residents in their use of LRT, such as Park & Ride locations and multi-use pathways. The EA Study is expected to begin in the fall of 2018, and results should be received within 12 to 24 months.
The results of the study will inform the next review of the Transportation Master Plan (TMP), which will take place in the next Term of Council and will determine the order of priority of the City’s future transit investments. The motion introduced today identifies the initial $600,000 required – $336,000 from Development Charges and $234,000 from the Transit Capital Reserve, which will be transferred to the 2018 Rapid Transit EA Studies Account – as the source of funding to begin this initiative.