NCC board: Tram preference on Wellington, new pathways at LeBreton Flats, master plan for Gatineau Park

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, January 21, 2021

The NCC prefers a Gatineau-based interprovincial tram system running on the surface of Wellington Street in Ottawa, rather than in a tunnel under Sparks Street.

The agency doesn’t mind both of the options proposed by the Société de transport de l’Outaouais for running a tram over the Portage Bridge and into Ottawa, but it sees the Wellington Street route as an opportunity to pursue an interprovincial transit loop between the two downtowns.

The NCC board on Thursday approved in principle the STO’s idea to run a tram on the surface of Wellington Street “as the most closely aligned option with NCC plans.”

The City of Ottawa has expressed preference for the Sparks Street tunnel option, worried about Wellington Street’s ability to accommodate several modes of transportation.

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