New Scotiabank Place Bus Ramp Agreement will provide much needed Park and Ride spaces for Kanata South


 

Councillor Hubley, Mayor Watson, Ottawa Senators President Cyril Leeder and Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli (not pictured)  announce new 417 on-ramp and new Scotiabank Park and Ride on July 21st, 2011.

Ottawa – Kanata South councillor Allan Hubley campaigned on the promise of bringing a Park and Ride station to Scotiabank Place and today he is pleased that it is becoming a reality.

Councillor Hubley is happy with today’s announcement by the provincial government to construct a new bus ramp that will serve the OC Transpo public transit bus terminal at Scotiabank Place. The new ramp will help commuters save time and reduce traffic congestion by giving buses, leaving the facility, direct access to Highway 417.

With this announcement a new agreement is now in place between OC Transpo and the Ottawa Senators organization to provide Park and Ride spots at Scotiabank Place. The details will continue to be finalized and it is expected to be operational this fall.

“When I went door-to-door during the election, it was made clear to me that more Park and Ride space was needed in Kanata South,” said Councillor Hubley. “My platform included a commitment that if elected I would work hard on the agreement to have that space provided at Scotiabank Place. This deal will save the taxpayers a significant amount of money.”

The new Park and Ride will ease pressure on the Eagleson Park and Ride where demand currently exceeds capacity. It will benefit Kanata South and other west-end commuters and will initially be served by Express routes 261 and 263 with eight morning peak trips and eight afternoon peak trips. Transit staff will investigate other routes that may service this new Park and Ride.

“This new ramp onto the 417 and nearby Park and Ride will make using OC Transpo faster, safer and easier,” said Mayor Jim Watson. “Together, with the Province of Ontario and the Ottawa Senators Sports and Entertainment Group, we are helping more people get out of cars and onto buses to where they want to go.”

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