A transitway and Light Rail Study was conducted prior to the design and development of the Rapid Transit System that exists today. This study called for a grade of not more than 3% to accommodate a future rail system if the need ever arose. The decision to stay with buses was made for 2 reasons:
- Cost; and
At this point in the development of our transitway it’s important to note that there have been significant changes in design that enhance buses including Articulated buses and Guided buses. These enhancements have allowed Ottawa to keep up with the increase in ridership while delivering an excellent and cost effective service. All this leads me to conclude that in fact there is no need to convert to rail.