The introduction of a light rail transit system should be a catalyst for community development, according to the DTAH design team. It should be more than a means of getting from one place to another; the changes it brings can be channeled to improve the street, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.
In 2004 the City of Ottawa began the first of several proposed phases to bring a light rail system to the capital. The proposed line runs along the former O-Train line before turning east and merging with the existing transit-way running through central downtown.
The design team sought a geometric fit, creating a comfortable and attractive pedestrian environment and facilitating the operation of an efficient, accessible, and safe transit system.