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City to reduce Scott/Albert bus traffic during transitway detour

The City of Ottawa says it will take steps to divert up to 18 per cent of OC Transpo traffic out of the Albert and Scott corridor when part of the transitway closes for light rail construction in 2016.

Up to 2500 busses a day would have taken the residential street after parts of the transitway were shut down, forcing busses to take detours.

The city says it's taken two community group suggestions, and will divert empty, out-of-service busses to the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway and to end morning rush hour express routes at Bay Street instead of Lebreton Station.

Cheryl Parrott, with the Hintonburg Community Association, says they're encouraged by what she calls a "first step," but says they want to see more done.  She says two concerns the city still hasn't talked about are moving the buses that do have to take Scott and Albert to the north lane, away from people's homes, and to do something about air quality in the area.

"Some people, their bedroom windows are 15 feet from where all these buses will be," she says. "If you don't have an air conditioner, you're breathing all that in."

Parrott says she's also disappointed with how long it took for the city to take these step.

The city's changes are still pending National Capital Commission approval, but Parrott says the NCC has been co-operative with them in the past.

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