Feedback Requested for Fairwinds Winter Parking Pilot

My office is requesting feedback and recommendations for changes for the future of the Winter Parking Pilot in the Fairwinds Community that was initiated last year; you can review the map of the restrictions here.

  • *The following streets were removed from the pilot project last year either at the request of residents on the street or due to the fact that we received no feedback from that street either in support or against the proposed parking restrictions: Burnaby, Grenadine, Kohilo, Mistral, Shawondasee, and Sedgebrook.
  • **The following streets had the parking restrictions moved to the other side of the street due to resident requests: Aquilo, Etesian (north section), Maloja (portions switched), Pampero, Par-La-ville (portions changed and added), Rosehill (Huntmar to Maple grove) and Tempest (reviewed on-site and portions changed).
  • At the recommendation by residents at the public meeting changes were made  to Leveche to restrict parking at all times on the street, on Leveche south of Maple Grove parking is restricted on the west side, and north of Maple Grove parking will be restricted on the east side.

If you would like to add your street to the winter parking pilot for this coming winter please provide:

  • Your address
  • What side of the street you would like the parking restriction on

Please email your feedback to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca. The deadline to submit your feedback is August 1 2018.

Fringewood Drive Road Modifications Approval

I would like to take a moment to thank all residents from Fringewood Drive who have recently reached out to my office and attended the public meeting with recommendations on road improvements.

I have shared your comments with City staff and now I am pleased to share that information about the Road Modifications Approval project is now available for review at https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/fringewood-drive-paved-shoulders-and-sidewalk for approximately 4 weeks for public consultation.

This report provides the background, rationale and description of the improvements proposed for Fringewood Drive based on feedback provided by my office on behalf of the community. As discussed at the public meeting on May 1st, the proposed project consists of:

 

  • A new concrete sidewalk on the west side of Fringewood Drive from just north of Azurite Crescent to Harry Douglas Drive; and
  • A new asphalt paved shoulder:
    • On the east side of Fringewood Drive from just north of Azurite Crescent to approximately 180m south of Hazeldean; and
    • On the west side of Fringewood Drive from just north of Azurite Crescent to approximately 65m south of Hazeldean Road.

 

The new sidewalk will be located along the alignment of the existing curb. The paved shoulders will be constructed by paving the existing gravel shoulders and striping an edge line along the road.

 

The proposed changes to Fringewood Drive will:

  • Improve conditions for cycling;
  • Improve bus stop access; and
  • Improve pedestrian safety and comfort by providing a better space for walking.

 

The project is currently in the planning stage. This will be followed by the design phase starting later in 2018. The schedule for construction will be determined as part of the design phase.

The drawing below shows the location of the proposed paved shoulders and sidewalk.

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I encourage all Fringewood and neigbouring residents to take this opportunity to provide your feedback on the project before the July 9th deadline. Comments can be sent to the Senior Project Manager, Robert Grimwood at Robert.Grimwood@ottawa.ca or (613) 580-2424 x28757.

OC Transpo Summer Transit Changes

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OC Transpo has provided an overview of the summer 2018 transit service changes that will take effect on Sunday, June 24th. These changes are part of OC Transpo’s regular schedule adjustments, which take place four times a year – April, June, September, and December.

 

The summer service changes include three types of changes:

  • Service adjustments as part of the transition to the multimodal network;
  • Other service improvements and adjustments; and,
  • Seasonal service changes.

 

I have included some of the changes below. For a full list of changes, please visit http://www.octranspo.com/routes/summer_service_begins_june_24.

 

Minor route number changes will be made with the summer service change, to prepare for the opening of O-Train Line 1:

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Route 66 – Select trips will be extended to Innovation Station in the morning to provide additional service to Kanata North destinations.

 

Seasonal Capacity Adjustments – Every year, ridership declines across the system as the school year ends, as customers take summer vacations, and as the weather improves, allowing easier cycling and walking. The frequency of service is adjusted to reflect these changes in ridership, and the capacity provided remains sufficient to carry the number of customers travelling during this time. This summer, the number of trips is being reduced on Routes 12, 19, 30, 33, 44, 61, 63, 64, 82, 85, 87, 88, 91, 94, 95, 97, 98, 104, 105, 111, 129, 235, 236, and 272. The special school trips on regular routes and the 600-series school routes will also be removed for the summer, with service to the English-language school boards maintained until Tuesday June 26 (Ottawa-Carleton District School Board) or Wednesday June 27 (Ottawa Catholic School Board) to accommodate the end of their exam period. On most routes, the pre-summer service level will return in September.

 

Holidays and Special Events

  • Canada Day – On Sunday, July 1, service will be free for all customers. A special Canada Day service will operate, with increased service levels to support the higher ridership levels on that day. Extra trips will operate on Routes 6, 7, 11, 12, 44, 61, 62, 85, 86, 87, 91, 94, 95, 97, 98, and O-Train Line 2, the Trillium Line. Extra service will also be added in the later evening to Rapid, Frequent and many Local routes, including Routes 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 24, 26, 28, 44, 48, 49, 63, 80, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 91, 92, 93, 96, 98, 99, 106, 111, 112, 114, 122, 129, 130, 131, 134, 135, 143, 152, 153, 168, 170, 177, 197, and O-Train Line 2.
  • Canada Day Statutory Holiday – On Monday, July 2, a Sunday schedule will operate, with extra service added to Routes 12, 61, 85, 87, 94, 95, 97, and 98. All regular subscription Para Transpo bookings will be cancelled; customers will be notified in advance.
  • Bluesfest – From July 5 to July 15, additional late evening service will be added to Rapid routes.
  • Colonel By Day (Civic Holiday) – On Monday, August 6, a Sunday schedule will operate on most routes, with additional service on Routes 44, 94, 95, and 105 for customers travelling to work in Gatineau, where it is not a holiday.
  • Early Return of the French-language School Boards – Starting on Tuesday, August 28, school services for the French-language school boards will operate.

Bus Pad Improvements in Stittsville

As part of the 2018 bus pad and bus shelter improvement program, I am happy to share that 5 bus stops in Stittsville will see construction improvements over the coming months. These stops were selected based on a number of factors, including ridership numbers, site conditions, bus service frequency and exposure to elements.

Main Street Cross Street Improvement Type
Kittiwake Drive Abaca Way Concrete Pad and Shelter*
Stittsville Main Street Kimpton Drive Asphalt Pad
West Ridge Drive Snowberry Way Asphalt Pad
West Ridge Drive Renshaw Avenue Concrete Pad
Granite Ridge Drive Cinnabar Way Concrete Pad

*Shelters will be installed at a later date

This is great news for Stittsville residents who rely on public transit to get around!

The bus pads will be constructed within City property limits and will increase the level of service, safety, accessibility and comfort experienced by OC Transpo’s customers. The pads will be constructed with minimal impacts upon traffic and may require limited, localized lane closures at each site location.

Construction is anticipated to commence in June with completion in late Fall 2018. The Contractor will be required to complete each site within eight (8) calendar days of starting each individual site. Residents in the immediate vicinity of each site will be notified of the impending construction prior to the start of construction.

 

A more detailed schedule will be provided in the coming weeks.

Kanata Light Rail Transit Design Approved at Transportation Committee

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Kanata could ultimately have 11 kilometres of light rail and eight stations, following the Transportation Committee’s approval this week of a functional design for Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT).

 

The system would run from Moodie Station along the north side of Highway 417 before turning north to integrate more closely with the Beaverbrook community. It would turn south, running parallel to Huntmar Drive before crossing the Queensway and terminating at Hazeldean Road. A multi-use pathway would run parallel along the entire length of the extension.

 

This is great news for the Stittsville/Kanata communities as I have heard from many residents who supported this route option throughout the Environmental Assessment and public consultation process. It was the best route for bringing LRT right into the heart of Stittsville beyond the Canadian Tire Centre and onto Hazeldean Road.

 

I would like to thank all residents for their support and for providing their comments throughout this process. Though LRT in Stittsville still remains more than a decade away in the books, I am hopeful that this decision will help to improve transit service as a whole to our growing community throughout the years.

 

Slated for construction after 2031, the $1.85-billion project could be implemented in phases, depending on funding.

 

Stage 1 of the LRT is still slated for a November opening and I am thrilled to share that this week, the installation of the final rail clip on the O-Train Confederation Line track was completed at Tremblay Station.
Are you #readyforrail Stittsville?

S.T.E.P. Themes for May

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For the month of May, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to motorcycle safety and unsafe vehicles and heavy trucks.

 

734 traffic collisions, 603 injuries, and 17 fatalities occurred between 2012 and 2016 in school zones or involving school busses.

 

Likewise, there have been 627 collisions involving unsafe vehicles. These collisions resulted in 182 injuries and 4 fatalities. Causes of these collisions included defective brakes, steering, tires, lights, engine controls, trailer hitches, suspension, as well as obscured vision.

 

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program helps to raise awareness of easily preventable traffic violations to help to keep our roads safe.

 

It operates in coordination with the Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department, committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

OC Transpo makes spring service adjustments

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I would like to remind residents that OC Transpo’s spring service starts Sunday, April 22. These changes are part of OC Transpo’s regular schedule adjustments, which take place four times a year – April, June, September, and December.

 

Seasonal Service Changes:

 

Rack and Roll Program – The Rack and Roll program of bicycle racks on buses will be re-instated this spring, running through to the fall. The Rack and Roll network consists of Routes 12, 61, 62, 85, 88, 91, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 101, and 106,  provide this service on major routes across the City. The majority of trips on these routes will operate with a bus equipped with a bike rack.

 

Summer U-Pass starts May 1 and Winter U-Pass expiresFrom May through August, eligible full-time students at Algonquin College, Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University benefit from the Summer U-Pass, which can be obtained or renewed on campus. Students who are not full-time during the summer are reminded that their U-Pass will expire on April 30 and to switch to Presto for their summer transit. Some students with lower incomes who are not receiving a U-Pass may be eligible for the EquiPass. EquiPass applications should be submitted early to allow for timely approval.

 

Reminder: Paper ticket use ends April 30:

 

This week, Mayor Jim Watson, Transit Commission Chair Stephen Blais, Garry Griffin, Shoppers Drug Mart District Manager, and Annalise Czerny, PRESTO’s Executive Vice-President, were at a announced that Presto card services will be rolling out to retailers across Ottawa.

 

Transit customers will be able to purchase monthly passes, load funds, check their balance, and set age-based discounts at 66 Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstore locations in Ottawa. The new retail locations are currently being rolled out in a phased approach, with all stores expected to have Presto services available by the end of May.

 

When customers put funds on their Presto card at one of the retailer locations, the balance will be available immediately.

 

Old tickets can be used on buses (except at Greenboro Station) until April 30, 2018. Customers can also exchange old tickets towards new fare products at OC Transpo Customer Service Centres until August 31, 2018.

 

Presto cards purchased at Shoppers, Loblaws and Superstore locations will have a new black design. However, whether cards are black or green, they will still function exactly the same way.

 

So far, two locations providing the service have been announced for Stittsville – the Shoppers Drug Marts at 1300 Stittsville Main Street and 5709 Hazeldean Road. For an up-to-date listing of all participating locations, visit octranspo.com or prestocard.ca.

 

For more information and to view the spring changes in their entirety, please visit www.octranspo.com.

STEP Results from March

In March, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program focused on distracted driving and speeding, resulting in 2920 charges being laid against road users.

 

 Targeted enforcement theme Resulting charges

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Resulting charges

Gatineau

Distracted driving 167 213
Speeding 956 1584
Total charges during February 1123 1797

 

It is great to see the results of this program in full effect as police work toward educating drivers on dangerous driving faux-pas and keeping our roads safe!

 

The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program helps to raise awareness of easily preventable traffic violations by operating in coordination with the Safer Roads Ottawa Program, a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department. The service is committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all people in the City of Ottawa, through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

Stittsville OC Transpo Open House

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I am happy to invite residents to a public information session and open house on March 22nd at the Goulbourn Recreation Complex to discuss OC Transpo service in Stittsville.

The Director of OC Transpo Transit Customer Systems and Planning, Pat Scrimgeour, will be on deck answering customer questions/concerns and providing a short presentation on transit service in suburban wards, including highlights on:

  • Moodie Transitway extension
  • Tunney’s Pasture connections to LRT (Stittsville-specific)
  • Routes 167 and 252 – Describing these new services in the Councillor’s ward
  • Capacity on Stittsville routes
  • Carp Road and Canadian Tire Centre Park & Rides

A representative from OC Transpo Customer Relations will present 5-6 slides on transportation apps, texting 560-560, alerts, and real-time arrivals. Alison Lynch (Stakeholder Relations – O-Train Confederation Line) and David Jones (Stakeholder Relations – Stage 2 LRT) will also be in attendance to do a separate, short presentation on the progress of the LRT and two staff members from Service Planning will be on hand to assist with any questions and to collect feedback.

 

The meeting will take place in Hall A at the GRC (1500 Shea Road) and will run from approximately 6:30-9:00 PM.

Residents are asked to RSVP by email to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or visit https://shadqadri.com/rsvp-to-oc-transpo-information-session-open-house/

I highly encourage all residents with an interest in the upcoming transit changes to stop by and learn more about what OC Transpo has in store for Stittsville! I hope to see you there!

Council Review of Bikes and Pets on OC Transpo/LRT Vehicles

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At the City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 28th, Council approved policy changes and amendments to the Transit By-law to align with how transit will operate when the O-Train Confederation Line comes into service. A vote taken prior to approval resulted in 15 in favour with six opposed.

 

The approved policy changes recommended by the Transit Commission include:

  • Permitting customers to bring bicycles on the O-Train Confederation Line vehicles at all times, except during times of extraordinary crowding (such as those during peak periods), using designated doors and positions inside the trains.
  • Allowing small pets on all transit vehicles and in stations at all times, provided they are in an animal carrier or crate that can rest on the customer’s lap.
    • (Some residents have expressed concerns regarding potential allergens, however, Ottawa Public Health has looked into the concern and foresees no major issues as these allergens already exist in most vehicles)
  • Developing a procedure for busking at transit stations.
  • Updating terminology on rail operations, fares, accessibility and service animals.

 

I had voted against this item from the perspective of allowing bicycles on board at all times except during times of “extraordinary crowding”. I felt that there was not a clear enough definition regarding what “extraordinary crowding” periods look like. For example, bus drivers, cyclists, or transit constables may have very distinct opinions surrounding the conditions of “extraordinary crowding” and the term could be interpreted in many different ways.

 

My office frequently receives communication from residents that buses to/from Stittsville are regularly overcrowded, often leaving individuals standing/crammed during transit or left behind at a stop entirely. Adding bicycles to the mix in addition to personal mobility devices (ie: strollers, walkers, and wheel chairs) could cause space to be that much more limited.

 

I would have liked to see a trial period implemented (for approximately 8 months after LRT launches in November) and the wording clarified before final approval was passed on the amendments. With that said, I am happy that these changes will help to promote cycling as a greener alternative for transportation in Ottawa.

 

The updated by-law will take effect on Monday, April 2nd.