Ottawa-Hull rail loop isn't at the top of Mayor Watson's list of transit priorities

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, October 29, 2020

A rail loop connecting the downtowns of Ottawa and Hull is a tough sell for Mayor Jim Watson, who’s first trying to extend LRT to the fastest growing parts of his own city.

Watson said he’s most interested in bringing LRT to Ottawa’s western and southern suburbs. Those areas still won’t have rail service when the Phase 2 O-Train expansion is complete in 2025.

The newly formed Supporters of the Loop is renewing a call to create a transit loop that would connect tourist attractions and government offices in the core of the capital region on both sides of the Ottawa River.

“I think it’s a very interesting idea but I have to be very clear and consistent that my next priority for transit of any kind in our city is Phase 3, which goes to Stittsville and Kanata and Barrhaven,” Watson said during a press conference Wednesday.

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