That's the BRT lobby for you. They dangled the "flexibility" of BRT and the possibility of running express buses to get a busway built in a rail corridor - where it is inherently cheaper to build additional tracks rather than blow the place to bits to build a busway - and then once the thing is built they decide they're going to run it as hub-and-spoke anyway.
It sure is too bad that Gatineau wasn't planning its Rapibus at the same time that Ottawa was planning the N-S LRT... oh, wait, they were. Well at least it's not like they both used the same consultants... oh, wait, they were.
And naturally, I don't think the expresses actually do account for our high ridership. Plenty of express buses are only partially full until they go through the big suburban P&R lots, which ironically results in a better and more even utilization of the express buses.
Originally Posted by J.OT13
For sure; even if the Feds/Province don't contribute a fair amount of money, we nee to come up with new solutions to raise the proper capital. I'm thinking we could sell the air rights between Tuney's and Westboro stations.
That RoW is just 100' wide, so basically the best you can hope for is a long row of townhouses or maybe "village homes" (essentially two rows of townhouses back-to-back), though I suppose a long mixed-use development with apartments above some kind of retail is possible.
Except at the stations, you're just not going to get any substantial development.
Another possibility would be to extend the O-Train to South Keys, add a station at Walkley and then sell the the South-East Transitway lands between Walkley and South Keys (why have lrt and brt running parallele for 3 stations?).
The most likely thing to happen in that circumstance is that the Southeast would be given over to a second carriageway for the Airport Parkway, at least between the two rail crossings (VIA @ Confed Heights, CN @ Greenboro).