Larry O'Brien's transportation taskforce released their plan for a new light rail network in Ottawa. The plan is ambitious, covering a huge area in a relatively short timeframe.
The plan is also a brilliant piece of marketing, full of big & small details to win over voters, not to mention inspire the imagination:
- The diagrams of proposed routes are done in the style of a London Underground map. Makes Ottawa look pretty groovy, man. (There's a tunnel, too.)
- The taskforce wants to reclaim the old train station from the federal government, and restore it to its former glory as a train station. It's currently a moribund conference centre.
- The biggest criticism of the last O-Train plan was that it only served a narrow north-south route. This one covers pretty much everything - north, south, east, west, Wakefield, Smith Falls, Carleton Place, Alexandria. Very few Ottawans will be able say the train won't serve them.