Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said Monday he’s open to building a rail link to the airport – as long as it doesn’t slow down residential service.
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The Ottawa International Airport Authority criticized the mayor’s new transportation plan after it failed to include a long discussed link to the airport as part of the O-Train expansion.
In a statement released on Monday, Mr. Watson said he’s planning to meet with airport CEO Mark Laroche and to fund an environmental assessment “to explore the feasibility of a rail link to the airport,” once council approves the transportation plan.
“Critical to this analysis would be identifying a future potential alignment to the airport that would serve to maximize ridership to and from the airport and surrounding employment uses,” Mr. Watson said in the statement.
“However, such an alignment cannot compromise peak residential LRT service planned for the fast growing communities of Barrhaven and Riverside South.”