Société de transport de l'Outaouais public consultation: last chance to participate!
The Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO), which had announced an opportunity study to extend the Rapibus corridor (and the multifunctional path) to de l'Aéroport Boulevard in September 2022, is launching a final call for public participation in its online consultation. The first step in this study, conducted by the engineering firm CIMA+, is to obtain a clear picture of the territory and its citizen composition; by participating in the public consultation, Gatineau residents and public transit users are actively contributing to the development of this resource on the territory. "In order to clearly identify the issues, needs and concerns related to the project, the STO is inviting the public to contribute, especially residents and public transit users in the sectors affected by this potential extension," explained the STO in a press release shared on December 1, 2022.
People interested in participating in the citizen consultation have until December 21, 2022, to fill out the study questionnaire (15 to 20 minutes long), online at the following link: www.sto.ca/consultation. The STO, which is actively campaigning with the Gatineau population as part of the study, is also planning to communicate by mail with more than 6,500 households in the neighbourhoods surrounding the planned Rapibus section. This opportunity study was made possible through the collaboration of the National Capital Commission, the Centre intégré de santé et de services sociaux de l'Outaouais, the ministère des Transports du Québec and the City of Gatineau.
About the Rapibus extension
The section targeted by a potential extension of the Rapibus corridor and the multifunctional path is located between Lorrain Boulevard and de l'Aéroport Boulevard. The latter also includes the Cheval-Blanc Parc-o-bus. Rapibus vehicles, part of the first system of its kind in Quebec, run daily between Taché-UQO station and Labrosse station. A 2.8 km extension of the corridor between Labrosse station and Lorrain station is currently under construction. This addition will also include the continuation of the paved multi-purpose bicycle path along the 2.8 km of the corridor, the opening of the new Lac Beauchamp all-season station and pedestrian crossings linking this station to the Lac Beauchamp pavilion. This addition is expected to be up and running during the fall of 2023.
Photo credit: Courtesy of the STO.
Photo caption: (top) overview of the work between Labrosse station and Lorrain station (bottom) online public consultation.