Update on the Snow Clearing Vehicle Back-up Alarms Pilot

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On October 11, 2017, City Council approved the Broadband Back-up Alarms pilot for a sampling of winter snow clearing vehicles during the 2017 – 2018 snow-clearing season. Broadband alarms use multi- frequency sound, which is different from the tonal beeping back-up alarms.

 

Now, I am happy to share that 62 vehicles have been updated on the fleet with the new back-up sound, including sidewalk machines and large commercial snow trucks and will working primarily in the downtown core as of mid-January. Of the 62 vehicles equipped with the new broadband back-up alarms, 35 are City-owned vehicles from the Catherine and Hurdman yards and 27 are leased units.

 

The new sound is a concentrated noise behind the vehicle whose volume increases or decreases, depending on other nearby environmental sounds. The goal of this test is to demonstrate that the City can continue to safely clear streets and sidewalks of snow and ice, all the while providing a more pleasant experience for our residents by doing so in a quieter manner (in particular in the middle of the night).

 

In order to ensure this transition is completed safely, a multi-layered communications strategy has been implemented to advise residents and staff of the change, including an informative video which can be watched/listened to below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR7m6MyA8G4

I highly encourage all residents to take 30 seconds to listen to the new sound and familiarize yourself with it. One of these trucks may be coming to your street soon!

Intersection Installations & Improvements Planned 2018 and Beyond

As we begin a new year, I wanted to provide residents with an overview of intersection improvements planned for 2018 and some that are anticipated further in the future. I have also provided an update on some of the intersections on which residents have expressed the most concern.

 

Please note that timelines are subject to change. I will also be providing an update in the coming weeks in my eNewsletter regarding future planned road connections and improvements as well.

 

New Signalized Intersections & Future Road Connections

  • Stittsville Main St & West Ridge Dr:  I am pleased to let the community know that this intersection is planned to be upgraded to a signalized intersection in 2018.  I have heard from residents over the years requesting a traffic light at this location and with the new development taking place in the Stittsville South lands this new traffic light will be beneficial to both existing and new residents.  It is anticipated that work may start as early as May and could be completed by the end of June.  Please note that in April the schedule should be confirmed and then a firmer timeline can be provided to the community.

 

  • Stittsville Main St Extension & Connection to Maple Grove Rd:  When the Jackson Trails development was planned and the Kanata West Concept Plan was designed there was a plan made for Stittsville Main Street to extend northbound and then shift eastward and connect to Palladium Drive. This general alignment is still planned to be made in the future as developments in the area are constructed.  In the proposed development plans for 195 Huntmar this street extension is shown with a connection to the future extension of Robert Grant Avenue (the North South Arterial Road).

 

It has also been discussed in the past if Stittsville Main Street should also connected to Maple Grove Road. While there has been some support in the community to make this connection, the community has also expressed concern with the current operation of the intersection at Huntmar and Maple Grove. I feel it is important we first have this intersection upgraded before considering to bring more traffic to the area (see below for more information on these plans).

 

Existing Signalized Intersection Adjustments

  • Hazeldean Rd & Carp Rd: A large number of residents have expressed a concern with the operations of this intersection and have requested additional turning lanes. Recently residents were provided the opportunity to complete a survey on my website regarding potential changes that could be made to this intersection. I would like to again thank everyone for their feedback which is being reviewed by City staff; I will share further updates with the community in the future in my eNewsletter regarding potential changes to the intersection. For more information visit here.

 

  • Huntmar Rd & Maple Grove Rd: The City intends to undertake intersection modifications to improve the functioning of this intersection.  Improvements include the addition of left turn auxiliary lanes and right turn lanes to address capacity requirements for peak traffic volumes as well as other upgrades to the site.  There is no confirmed timeline available at this time and for more information on the project and the funding considerations please visit here.

 

  • Terry Fox Dr & Abbott St East Extension: There are modifications planned for the existing intersection of Terry Fox Dr and Castlefrank Rd/Abbott St East extension to provide a northbound left-turn lane, southbound right-turn lane at the intersection.  This will provide dedicated turning lanes for those turning westbound onto the new Abbott St East extension to access the new subdivisions under construction in this area. It is anticipated that the work will begin in the early 2018 construction season. While the developer is front ending this work, ultimately it will be paid by the City through development charges.

 

Intersections being Monitored

  • Stittsville Main St & Brae Cres: Both the north and south intersection of Stittsville Main St and Brae Cres (formerly Elm Cres) have been reviewed by the City to determine if they meet the warrants for a signalized intersection.   At this time neither location meets the required warrants, however data continues to be collected on an annual basis. In order for the City of Ottawa staff to be able to recommend that a traffic control signal be installed at a particular location, 100% of the warrants must be met. As the signal warrants were not 100% met, staff do not recommend this intersection for signalization. When a location meets more than 75% of the signal warrants, the general practice of the department is to evaluate the location again in the following year which is the case for this location.

 

  • Terry Fox & Westphalian: Residents in the Blackstone/Fernbank Crossing communities have expressed concern with this intersection and have requested a left-turn arrow for those turning onto Westphalian northbound from Terry Fox.   City staff did undertake a northbound queue study on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 during the afternoon rush hour period. The study revealed that all 90 vehicles completed their left-turn movement on the cycle of arrival and did not have to wait through a red signal display.  Given the results of the review, the City cannot recommend a left-turn arrow installation at this time, however, I have requested another study be undertaken in 2018.

 

  • Huntmar Dr & Shops of Fairwinds Plaza at Food Basics: There are plans for a traffic signal to be installed at this intersection. The signal would be required to be funded by the developer once the full commercial site build out is complete (both east and west of Huntmar) and the signal warrants are met.

 

  • Adult Crossing Guard Requests: There have been safety concerns raised by a number of residents for students crossing at the intersections of Stittsville Main St & Beverly St and Stittsville Main St & Kimpton Dr/Horseshoe Cres.  Both these locations will be reviewed in 2018 for the Adult Crossing Guard program.

 

This information provides an overview of some of the areas that have been raised as largest concern in the community. While there are other intersections that residents have raised concerns with, these are the ones that have received the largest amount of interest and I feel the broader community would also be interested in receiving.

 

If you have concerns with intersections in the community that you feel require review or adjustments, please feel free to contact me via email at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca .

STEP to focus on following too close and stop sign violations in January

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For the month of January, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to stop sign violations and following too close.

 

24,726 traffic collisions, 9,290 injuries, and 7 fatalities occurred between 2012 and 2016 involving vehicles following too close.

 

Likewise, there have been 3,129 collisions involving stop sign violations. These collisions resulted in 995 injuries and 3 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.

Driving Safe Through the Winter

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With the extreme cold temperatures that we have received this past month, I wanted to take a moment to share with residents some important information regarding safe driving in the wintertime.

 

While it is common knowledge that snowy weather can make any drive more dangerous and should prompt vehicles to proceed with caution when stopping, switching lanes, or making turns, it is important to note that even if the weather conditions and roads may seem clear, the dangerous potential of frost and black ice may still be present.

 

When the air warms suddenly, after a prolonged cold spell that has left the surface well below freezing, the result can be localized frost or black ice. The prime time for the development of this frost/ice is between sunset and sunrise when temperatures are typically the coldest. The most common locations this occurs are shaded or tree covered parts of roadways due to lack of sunshine and because of their ability to freeze quickly. Bridges and overpasses are also prime locations.

 

In cases such as this, the City will often spread sand instead of salt as salt is not effective below -18 degrees Celsius.

 

Some may ask if the truck operators are able to add additional abrasive to road areas that may be deemed to freeze quickly. For example near shaded areas or under bridges. There is a set rate in the on board computer of the truck for application of sand in this scenario. The operator has the ability to hit a ‘blast button’ which will double the application rate however this is typically used on hills, curves and intersections where breaking is required – the sand is spread on a wider pattern covering most of the lane of travel. Depending on the area commuter, traffic can wear off the sand from the surface depending on traffic volumes.

 

It is also worthwhile to note that highways including Highway 417 are not maintained by the City Of Ottawa; this is the responsibility of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario and their contractors.

 

Should you be concerned or notice roadways that appear icy or need winter maintenance please contact 311 to report this and a City truck can be deployed to review and attend to the situation.

OC Transpo expands service to growing communities and makes winter service adjustments

Starting Sunday, December 24, OC Transpo’s winter service will come into effect. Many of the changes happening this winter will improve service in growing communities.

 

Expanded Service to Growing Communities

 

Kanata, Stittsville and Ottawa West

  • The frequency of service on Routes 63 and 64 will be increased to every 12 minutes during the busiest hour of the morning eastbound and afternoon westbound.
  • The hours of service on Route 167 will be extended to approximately 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the northbound direction, and from approximately 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the southbound direction. The route will also be modified to serve the Abbottsville Crossing and Blackstone communities via Westphalian Avenue, Rouncey Road and Abbott Road. This change will reduce walking distances for customers.
  • Route 252 will be extended to serve the Blackstone community via Hope Side Road and Cope Drive, and the frequency of service will be increased to every 15 to 20 minutes. The route will also be modified in Bells Corners and will operate north on Moodie Drive to join the new West Transitway Extension at Moodie Station.
  • Route 256 will be extended to serve Bridlewood Trails via Akerson Road to reduce walking distances for customers. The route will also be modified between Bells Corners and the Transitway to serve Old Richmond Road east of Moodie Drive and to serve Robertson Road. The route will no longer serve Bayshore Station in the morning.

 

Barrhaven, Riverside South and Ottawa South

  • Route 95 will be extended to Minto Recreation Complex in Half Moon Bay via River Mist Road to replace Route 177. The frequency of service along the new section of Route 95 (former Route 177) will be increased to every 15 minutes during peak periods, to downtown in the morning and from downtown in the afternoon.
  • Route 177 will be replaced by Route 95.
  • Route 277 will be split into two routes (Routes 277 and 278) to provide faster travel times for customers. Route 277 will be shortened to start and end at Nepean Woods Station. The frequency of service during the busiest hour in the morning and afternoon will be adjusted to operate every 12 minutes. New Connexion Route 278 will operate between Earl Armstrong Road and Limebank Road and downtown, replacing Route 277 along Cresthaven Drive and Leikin Drive. Service will operate every 15 minutes during the busiest hour in the morning and afternoon.
  • New Connexion Route 294 will provide faster travel times for customers traveling from Barrett Lands, Deerfield Village and Findlay Creek to Hurdman Station. Service will operate every 30 minutes during peak periods.

 

Wateridge

  • New Local Route 17 will provide peak period service between the Wateridge community (former CFB Rockcliffe) and the Rideau Centre, every 30 minutes.
  • New Local Route 27 will provide peak period service between the Wateridge community (former CFB Rockcliffe) and St-Laurent Station via Cummings Avenue, every 30 minutes.

 

Orléans

  • Route 136 will be replaced by Route 234 and new Connexion Route 236. The school trip on Route 136 serving Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School will be renumbered as School Route 636.
  • Route 221 will be modified to serve Cardinal Creek Village via Famille-Laporte Avenue and Cardinal Creek Drive.
  • New Connexion Route 225 will provide peak period service from Trailsedge and Summerside West in Chapel Hill South to Blair Station, every 20 minutes.
  • Route 234 will be extended to start in Avalon South (Minto Encore and Chaperal communities) and will replace a section of Route 136 on Tenth Line Road.
  • Route 235 will be split into two routes to provide faster travel times for customers. Route 235 will be shortened to serve Fallingbrook and will replace part of Route 234 on Gardenway Drive.
  • New Connexion Route 236 will replace Route 235 south of Innes Road and a section of Route 136 on Tenth Line Road.

 

West Transitway Extension and Moodie Station

On December 17, the West Transitway Extension will open to improve the reliability of service between downtown and Carling Campus. Starting on Sunday, most routes that currently travel on Highway 417 between Moodie Drive and Holly Acres Road will operate along the dedicated Transitway and will serve the new Moodie Station.

 

On December 24, Routes 66 and 152 will be modified to reduce travel times for customers travelling to and from Carling Campus. Route 66 will operate along the West Transitway extension and will no longer operate along Corkstown Road and through the Abbott Point of Care campus. Instead, Route 152 will be extended to Moodie Station via the Abbott Point of Care facility.

 

New Route Numbers, Same Route

Two bus routes will be renumbered as part of the transition to the 2018 transit network. These routes will have new numbers, but the routes will remain the same.

 

  • Route 159 will be renumbered as Local Route 54
  • Route 189 will be renumbered as Local Route 198

 

Other Service Adjustments

  • New Route 45 will provide direct, peak period service between Hurdman Station and the Ottawa Hospital General Campus using the newly-opened Alta Vista Hospital Link Road. Route 45 replaces the extra peak period trips that operate on Route 106.
  • Confederation Station, on O-Train Line 2, the Trillium Line, will be renamed as Mooney’s Bay Station.
  • In early 2018, the Chapman Mills Transitway will be extended from Beatrice Station to Longfields Drive to provide more reliable travel times on Routes 99 and 406.

 

Seasonal schedule adjustments will also go into effect on December 24. Customers should visit octranspo.com and use the new travel planner to see if their normal trips are affected.

 

Paper tickets no longer sold

Paper tickets are no longer being sold. Customers are encouraged to use Presto e-purse or cash instead as it will cost the same, or less. On Para Transpo, use ParaPay or cash. At four O-Train stations, use the new ticket machines to buy single-ride tickets for immediate use. Old tickets can be used on the bus (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.

 

Customers can get a Presto card by visiting an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre or City of Ottawa Client Service Centre, online at prestocard.ca or by calling 1-877-378-6123. Customers can also get a Presto card at the new ticket machines at Greenboro, Mooney’s Bay, Carleton or Carling O-Train stations. Para Transpo customers can purchase monthly passes on the new ParaPay system. Visit octranspo.com or call 613-741-4390 or 613-741-5280 (TTY) for more information.

 

Reminder: Fare change New Year’s Day

On January 1, 2018, new fares for OC Transpo customers will be in effect. Visit octranspo.com for more information on the upcoming fare changes.

 

Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours a day by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the four‑digit bus stop number. For more details, travel planning assistance, and new timetables, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.

Carp/Hazeldean Traffic Light Survey Results

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For the last several weeks, I have been conducting a survey for residents through my website to vote on their preference for potential advance green light options at the intersection of Carp and Hazeldean.

For some time, residents have been reaching out to my office regarding these lights, requesting that advance left turning lights be installed travelling Eastbound on Hazeldean onto Carp (North toward the 417) and Northbound on Carp onto Hazeldean (West). Previous information has been shared in my newsletter on this intersection which you can review here and here.

The survey was conducted in order to revisit the matter with Traffic staff so that a better understanding of residents’ views on the intersection could be communicated with real numbers and comments in an approachable manner.

The results have been shared with Traffic staff and we will continue to use this information into the new year to assess what options can feasibly be installed at the busy intersection to help accommodate the flow of traffic.

Results:

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In total, 747 votes were collected over a period of three and a half weeks. As can be seen through these results, an impressive 78.85 % of residents voted in support of a Northbound Carp Advance Left to run simultaneous with the Existing Southbound Advance Left, with 61.85% of residents in support of an Eastbound Hazeldean Advance Left. 5.89% of residents did not support either option.

I also collected a number of comments from residents throughout the survey which I have, in turn, shared with Traffic staff.

It is clear from these results that most residents support changes at this intersection. With these results, it is my hope that Traffic staff will be able to better understand the needs and concerns that the residents who use this intersection everyday feel regarding its safety and ease of use.

Please note that if implemented, the additional turning movement will affect timing for other directions.

I would like to thank all residents who took the time to share their thoughts on this item. As the new year approaches, I look forward to reviewing the results more thoroughly with staff to work toward whatever changes can be made. Updates will be shared in my electronic newsletter as I receive them.

Kanata LRT EA Study Open House Recap

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Full size plan available here

 

Last night, I was happy to join engaged community members and Transportation Staff at the Kanata Recreation Complex for the final Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA) Open House.

The purpose of this open house was to discuss the recommended corridor (beyond the Canadian Tire Centre [CTC] to Hazeldean Road) and present design details on the recommended plan, station locations and concept designs, and the requirement for a light maintenance and storage facility.

Overview

Following the last Kanata LRT EA Open House in June, further assessment was conducted on corridors 1, 5, 8, and 13. As it stands, Corridor 8 remains the recommended corridor by both staff and community feedback. Generally, the public did not support Corridor 13.

Corridor 8 was decided to extend to Hazeldean because the route is elevated at the CTC. An earlier BRT study identified the route would stay elevated to Hazeldean. As such, this makes Hazeldean an ideal transition point and the best transfer point for riders. This extension into the growing communities of Stittsville would also see an increase in ridership, as opposed to ending at the CTC.

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Alternative Designs were also developed and evaluated for March/Eagleson Station and Terry Fox Station to Palladium.

March/Eagleson

Alternative 1 was selected for March/Eagleson Station due to the minimal impact on the OPP facility, Watt’s Creek, and adjacent lands, the provision for a bus terminal immediately adjacent to the station and the support for good station connectivity and access.

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Terry Fox to Palladium

Additionally, Alternative 2 was selected for the Terry Fox to Palladium connection as the location provides good coverage of existing/proposed land uses, a good opportunity for city building and station integration with the public, good alignment geometry, and the guideway is further away from the adjacent residential community while allowing for development frontage along Campeau.

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Other items

Other discussion points included the Light Maintenance and Storage Facility options. At this time, additional analysis of these locations requires further analysis; however, the preliminary preferred LMSF alternative is to expand the Moodie Drive site previously identified by Stage 2. Discussions with the NCC are ongoing.

Following last night’s consultation, staff will work on preparing a report to Transportation Committee for Spring 2018 with the projected costs and phasing plan. At this time the City does not have projected costs for the project as they have been waiting for the consultation to be completed to ensure there are no further changes to the plan. Now that the consultation is complete, staff will confirm the exact alignment and from there will work to obtain projected costs.

 

Timelines for the project remain dependent on funding availability.  Currently the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) estimates the date of the project to be beyond 2031.  It is anticipated the project will be funded in partnership with the Federal, Provincial and City each covering 1/3 of the costs.

 

LRT staff have been in discussions with the CTC regarding its future use. Although there is nothing firm in place for the potential move of the Ottawa Senators, if they were to move, the City’s plan would be for redevelopment of the site so there would still be a need for LRT at the CTC location. The Ottawa Senators have also been involved in discussions regarding the impact the LRT station will have their operations.

 

I would like to thank the community members and others who took the time to participate in this process from day one by either joining us at an open house or by providing comments electronically. LRT is an important step for the future of transportation within the City of Ottawa and this portion is especially important for residents of Stittsville to be connected with an efficient means of travel with the rest of our great City. As a Councillor, I am happy to see this plan being presented as we come along and move forward toward the future of travel and it is uplifting to know that the community is engaged in making sure that the process is done right for future residents of Ottawa to benefit from for a long time.

 

For those who missed the presentation, I have made it available on my website here.

Carp and Hazeldean Traffic Light Survey (FINAL WEEKEND FOR SURVEY/COMMENTS)

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For some time, residents have been reaching out to my office regarding the traffic lights at Carp and Hazeldean Rd, requesting that advance left turning lights be installed travelling Eastbound on Hazeldean onto Carp (North toward the 417) and Northbound on Carp onto Hazeldean (West). Previous information has been shared in my newsletter on this intersection which you can review here and here.

 

I have been reviewing the matter with Traffic staff and would like to present residents with a poll on what options might be feasible to pursue further with staff.

 

Some general background information:

  • In 2015, this intersection ranked 167th of 955 signalized intersections for accidents in the City with a total of 10 collisions (the highest ranking intersection had 60 collisions)
  • The existing Carp southbound left-turn arrow (turning East onto Hazeldean) is permissive-protective. It is present due to the significant volume of southbound left-turn vehicles competing with the constant flow of northbound straight-through vehicles.
  • Carp Road has two signal phases at the Hazeldean intersection:
    • Southbound left-turn vehicles turn on the green arrow; then the amber arrow clears these left-turn vehicles from the intersection. This whole while, northbound is stopped with a red-ball display and southbound straight-through vehicles proceed on the green-ball display.
    • All northbound and southbound vehicles are then presented with a green-ball display and may proceed (turn left, turn right, go straight) when it is safe to do so.
  • Fully-protected left-turn signal phases facilitate left-turning traffic and usually improves the safety of the intersection for left-turning vehicles. It also separates the left turn movement and pedestrians wishing to cross the street.
  • Left-turn arrows also result in longer cycle lengths, increased vehicle queueing, increased vehicle stopping, and increased vehicle delays.
  • Pedestrian delays may be increased due to the overall increase in vehicle delay.
  • Fully-protected left-turn signal phases display 24 hours per day. These left-turn arrows are not turned off at night.

 

Option 1 – Eastbound Hazeldean advance left traffic light

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  • Westbound Hazeldean will remain without advance left traffic light
  • Traffic staff conducted a review of 12 hours of footage during morning rush hour over 2-month period
    • Concluded that while high, traffic does not spill out of the left turn storage lane
    • Low volume of west bound traffic to interfere with eastbound left turns
  • Because a collision trend is not over-represented, intervention may create new unforeseen problems

Option 2 – Northbound (new) and Southbound (existing) Carp simultaneous advance left traffic lights

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  • The future proposed northbound left-turn arrow and southbound left-turn arrow will be fully-protected. Carp Road will have two signal phases at the Hazeldean intersection:
    • Northbound left-turn and southbound left-turn vehicles turn on the green arrow; then the amber arrow clears these left-turn vehicles from the intersection. This whole while, northbound straight-through has a red-ball display and southbound straight-through has a red-ball display.
    • Northbound left-turn vehicles and southbound-left turn vehicles are presented with a red-ball display and may not proceed at all. Northbound straight-through vehicles and southbound straight-through vehicles are presented with a green-ball display and may proceed (turn right, go straight).
    • Modeling of this intersection indicates that with the proposed fully protected left turn operation, delays for vehicles wishing to turn left will increase between 40 and 50 seconds.

 

*PLEASE NOTE: that both options include keeping the southbound (on Carp turning east on Hazeldean) advance left intact.

 

I encourage residents to vote on this poll below to share your thoughts with my office in a way that will allow me to share the information easily with traffic staff as to preferred options. Please note that the results of this poll are solely for measuring the input of residents and do not guarantee that either option will be implemented.

 

 

THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND OF THE SURVEY.

This poll will remain open until December 10th so I do encourage residents to share this page with other residents via email or social media. Please provide your name, address, and any additional comments in the comments section of the poll (no comments will be posted publicly).

 

Thank you for your input.

S.T.E.P. for December

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For the month of December, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to impaired driving and unsafe lane changes.

 

1890 traffic collisions, 813 injuries, and 13 fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2015 involving impaired driving.

 

Likewise, there have been 6062 collisions involving unsafe lane changes. These collisions resulted in 655 injuries.

 

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.

Kanata LRT EA Study Open House

At last week’s meeting with the Kanata Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA) Public Consultation Group, it was revealed that the preferred route regarding the future of the LRT extension from Moodie to Palladium through Kanata would extend beyond the Canadian Tire Centre parallel with Huntmar to Hazeldean Road.

Even though this will not take place for some time, this is great news as Stittsville residents made their voices heard. Following the preliminary EA Open House last June, I did encourage residents to submit their comments on their preferred choice; many comments were received and it was in part thanks to this public input that made this all possible.

However, this decision is not yet final.

Once again, I would like to invite all residents to an open house on Thursday, December 7th at the Kanata Recreation Complex (Hall A, 100 Charlie Rogers Pl) to show their support for the recommend route.

 

To date, the Study Team has finalized the recommended corridor, and at this open house will present design details on the recommended plan, station locations and concept designs, and the requirement for a light maintenance and storage facility.

 

The Environmental Assessment portion of the study will be undertaken in accordance with the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects. The City must consider alternative corridors and designs for the project, undertake public and agency consultation, assess the potential environmental effects of the Recommended Plan and identify measures to mitigate any such impacts.

 

I encourage all residents to attend this important open house and share any further comments as the LRT will play a huge role in the future of Ottawa transit. Comments received will be collected under TPAP, and with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record. To provide your comments, please contact Senior Project Engineer, Angela Taylor, by email at Angela.Taylor@ottawa.ca or by phone by calling 613-580-2424 Ext. 15210

 

For more information, please visit ottawa.ca/KanataLRT