Spring 2017 Transit Service Changes + Route Renumbering

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In preparation of the OC Transpo network’s integration to our upcoming Light Rail Transit, sevice changes have been taking place incrementally to alleviate residents during the adjustment period.

 

Residents can review the upcoming Spring changes, which will take effect April 23rd, in their entirety by clicking here. Most significant of the changes is the route renumbering which will affect several major routes including the 92 and 96. The complete list is attached here:
Also noted in the adjustments is that the the time of a trip on Route 62 (currently Route 92) and on Route 262 will be adjusted to improve convenience and better match the travel needs of customers in Stittsville. The capacity on Route 261 will be increased with the use of a higher capacity double-decker bus in the afternoon.

 

This is great news as I have heard concern from some Stittsville residents regarding the capacity of some of Stittsville’s former express routes.

 

I hope that residents take the time to review these changes so they will not be caught unaware as many changes affect multiple areas of the City as well.

Kanata LRT EA Study Open House

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I would like to advise residents that an Open House regarding the Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA) Study will be held on Monday June 5th.

 

An EA is conducted prior to all large projects within the City of Ottawa to ensure that the area being built or developed on will not be negatively impacted by the construction.

 

The Open House will take place from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A (100 Charlie Rogers Way).

 

I would like to invite all residents to mark it in their calendars and join the discussion with any questions they may have pertaining to environmental safety standards for LRT construction in Kanata. I hope to see you there.

Speeding + Slow Down for Us Campaign

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Speeding is an issue that the Ottawa Police Service and I as your councillor take very seriously.  The Ottawa Police rely on different sources of information, including assistance such as yours, to highlight problem areas and direct their resources appropriately.

 

If you witness speeding in your neighbourhood, please make note of the details of the car including make, colour, location and time of the occurrence, and if possible, license plate number and contact the Ottawa Police by utilizing their online reporting system at: http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp

Once your report is taken, you will be provided with a case number and the report will be assigned to the area traffic enforcement section for follow-up.  A police officer will then contact you in relation to their action.

Unfortunately, speeding is one of the top traffic violations in all City of Ottawa communities. I need the help of residents to report any instances of speeding to the police – the more speeding complaints the police receive from a certain area, the more resources they’re able to deploy to monitor that area.

 

Slow Down for Us Spring Campaign

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As has been done in previous years, I would like to invite residents who are concerned with speeding on their streets to contact my office to request a “Slow Down for Us” sign for their front lawn.

 

Slow Down for Us is a temporary signage posting campaign organized by Safer Roads Ottawa. It is geared towards drawing attention to and educating motorists on the local residential streets to be aware of children at play. It alerts drivers to be more conscious and responsible to obey the speed limits that are put into place. This program receives enforcement support from the Ottawa Police Service accordingly.

 

Requests can be emailed to Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca with your name, phone number and house address. For more information, please visit http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/transportation-and-parking/road-safety/slow-down-us.

 

Thank you for your assistance in keeping our communities safe.

Spring 2017 Transit Service Changes

In preparation of the OC Transpo network’s integration to our upcoming Light Rail Transit, sevice changes have been taking place incrementally to alleviate residents during the adjustment period.

 

Residents can review the upcoming Spring changes, which will take effect April 23rd, in their entirety by clicking here. Most significant of the changes is the route renumbering which will affect several major routes including the 92 and 96. The complete list can be viewed below:
 

I hope that residents take the time to review these changes so they will not be caught unaware as many changes affect multiple areas of the City as well.

STEP to focus on School Zone Safety and Cycling Safety during April

For the month of April, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to school zone and cycling safety.

900 traffic collisions and 211 injuries occurred between 2011 and 2015 involving school busses or occurring in school zones.

Likewise, there have been 1519 collisions involving cyclists. These collisions resulted in 1291 injuries and 10 fatalities.

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.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change will join Veterans, Parliamentarians, members of the Diplomatic Corps Canadian Armed Forces personnel, RCMP members, Indigenous representatives, youth and other special guests at the National War Memorial in Ottawa to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

 

The commemorative ceremony is an opportunity for Canadians to come together at home and remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought at Vimy and during the First World War.

The morning program on April 9th will include performances by Dr. Andrea McCrady, Dominion Carillonneur; the Canadian Armed Forces Contingent Central Band; the Ottawa Choral Society; Mr. Dave Hookimaw and Mr. Theland Kicknosway; Soloist Sierra Noble; as well as a smudging ceremony and guest appearances from Silver Cross Mothers, Colleen Fitzpatrick and Gisèle Michaud.

 

Location:
National War Memorial and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
30 Wellington St.
Ottawa, ON

 

Date:
April 9, 2017

 

Time:
6:30 a.m. – Royal Canadian Army Cadets Vigil Guard will stand down
8:30 a.m. – pre-ceremony begins
9:00 a.m. – ceremony begins
10:00 a.m. – ceremony ends

 

Roads around the National War Memorial and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier will be closed to all traffic on Sunday, April 9 for the event

 

Road closures will begin at 6 a.m. and are expected to last until around noon. Affected roads include:

  • Elgin Street between Albert Street and Wellington Street
  • Queen Street between Metcalfe Street and Elgin Street

 

For more information about the construction activity happening across the city, or for information about traffic and travel planning, visit ottawa.ca.

New Stittsville Bus Shelters/Pads

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As part of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), provided by the Federal Government, OC Transpo will be able to provide additional new bus shelters and bus pads, and make improvements to bus stops on roadways with a rural cross section.

 

Construction will take place during the 2017 construction season. In Ward 6, the following improvements are planned:

Shelters:

  • Hazeldean / Lowe’s
  • West Ridge Dr (East side) & Abaca NS

Pads:

  • West Ridge / Bell
  • West Ridge / Renshaw
  • Stittsville Main / Kimpton
  • Granite Ridge / Cinnabar

Rural Stop Improvements:

  • Carp (East side) / Rothbourne NS
  • Fernbank (South side) / Arrowwood NS
  • Fernbank (North side) / Cherry NS
  • Fernbank N / Sunnyside NS

 

I am happy to hear that several locations in Stittsville will be receiving these new OC Transpo improvements and I look forward to seeing them once they are installed.

OC Transpo’s new EquiPass offers affordable transit option

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Eligible residents can now apply for OC Transpo’s EquiPass, a new affordable monthly transit pass that provides a lower-priced transit option for individuals or families who live on low incomes.

 

The pass is priced at $57 per month, providing a 50 per cent discount on a monthly adult transit pass. A single adult using the EquiPass will save $56.75 each month, or $681 each year.

 

The EquiPass is available to City of Ottawa residents whose household income falls below the low-income cut-off threshold, as set out annually by the Government of Canada. The low-income cut-off indicates an income threshold below which an individual or family is likely to spend significantly more of its income on food, shelter and clothing.

 

The EquiPass is only available to eligible customers upon completing an application form. Once approved, eligible customers will be able to purchase the discounted pass for use as of April 1, 2017. The pass is valid for travel on all OC Transpo services, including Para Transpo and the O-Train Trillium Line, as well as STO services.

 

Applications can be downloaded from octranspo.com or picked up in person at all OC Transpo Customer Service Centres, City of Ottawa Client Service Centres, Ottawa Public Libraries and Social Support Centres. Applications can also be picked up at many community partner locations, including Community Health and Resource Centres, Community Houses and settlement agencies. Completed applications can be mailed to OC Transpo or dropped off in person at an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre or one of 15 other designated locations.

 

The review and approval process will generally take up to three weeks, after which customers whose applications are approved will be able to visit an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre to set the EquiPass discount on their Presto card.

 

This is an excellent initiative to provide affordable transit to some of Ottawa’s most vulnerable residents and I am excited to review its positive results following its approval in the City of Ottawa budget last December.

 

For more information on how to apply for the EquiPass, including a full list of application pick-up and drop-off locations, please visit octranspo.com.

Councillor’s View – LRT Phase 2 Approved

Dear Residents,

 

This week at City Council, Council approved the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) plan to build rail farther and faster to communities in Ottawa’s east, west, and south corridors.

 

This is exciting news as it means that LRT will continue to benefit our Ottawa communities not just in the near future but for many future generations to come. Already, there are talks in the air surrounding just what Phase 3 of LRT will entail and our children’s generation growing up in Ottawa will experience a world-class transit system that will hopefully keep public transportation a primary affordable, efficient, and environmentally-conscious means to get around.

 

The Trillium Line South extension is anticipated to be completed in 2021, the Confederation Line East including Trim by 2022 and the Confederation Line West to Moodie by 2023.

 

I am especially thrilled at how this extension of Stage 2 to Moodie will benefit our Western communities. It is my hopes that this early shift further west from the previous phase 2 stop of Bayshore will also mean that the communities of Stittsville and Kanata can hope to see LRT sooner than the current 2031 estimated date and as early as 2023.

 

It is this anticipated surge of West-end ridership that inspired me to present an additional motion to Council this week requesting that a study be conducted for a Moodie Drive Park and Ride. I want to ensure that Stittsville is not ignored for the time being and that hopefully a Park and Ride at Moodie will encourage residents in the West to demonstrate to the City just how high of a demand there is to extend our transit service further West.

 

As we all know, populations are growing at an exponential rate in our communities with Stittsville’s population expected to double within the next few decades. It is essential that we build LRT with these projections in mind and plan a transit service which will be able to accommodate those needs and alleviate vehicular traffic before it becomes too difficult to manage.

 

Several related infrastructure works, such as widening of Highway 417 between Highway 416 and Maitland Avenue, are being bundled with Stage 2. This will improve construction integration, reduce detours, save money and reduce impacts to the community.

 

I will continue to investigate possible ideas to benefit our residents including additional Park and Ride feasible locations and invite any thoughts regarding the LRT project and Stittsville’s transit service be emailed to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca

 

-Shad

 

Motion to Investigate Park and Ride at Moodie Station

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This week at City Council, I put forward a motion to request that City staff to conduct a study that would explore opportunities for a potential Park and Ride to be implemented at the Moodie Drive transit station.

 

The motion was passed and staff should report back to the City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee before the end of 2017 with their findings.

 

I felt that this was an important study to undertake given that the current transit situation in Ottawa’s western communities rely heavily on Park and Rides to commute to work downtown each morning. Moreover, as the City moves forward with Stage 2 of Light Rail Transit (LRT), the pre-existing Park and Rides at Eagleson and Terry Fox stations, which already frequently experience capacity parking, are certain to face greater pressures than ever with increased ridership. As such, a new Park and Ride for west-end residents with easy access to Ottawa’s LRT system would greatly benefit the community.

 

This will be a challenging  proposal in looking at all community partners involved in the process but I do believe that these first steps are necessary in formulating an appropriate plan of action.

 

I look forward to hearing back from this study before the end of the year and looking into additional steps to ensure that Stittsville and other western communities receive optimal service as Ottawa’s transit system continues its transition into this incredible step forward.