Newly Paved Shoulders at Fernbank Road

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As residents may have noticed, work has been underway to pave the shoulders on Fernbank Road from Shea Rd to approx. 500m West of Terry Fox Drive. The anticipated cost of $150,000 for this specific project is funded as part of the rural cycling route improvements budget of $4,050,000.

 

I first recommended this project to the City as this has been an area of concern for local cyclists. It is my hopes that these new paved shoulders will deliver a safer area for cyclists and pedestrians who use Fernbank to commute more confidently, providing more space for faster-moving vehicles to pass.

Liard Speed Humps

Yesterday, October 19th, I was happy to introduce a speed hump pilot project on Liard Street in an effort to deter speeding and promote community safety.

Speeding is an issue that I take very seriously. Liard St is one area that residents have expressed concern over for quite some time and many residents have specifically requested that speedbumps be implemented.

However, speedbumps often come with unwanted side effects including uneven snow plowing over the wintertime and additional obstacles for emergency vehicles such as firetrucks. Some streets in Stittsville do have permanent speedbump installations and over the years, many residents have approached me with request for their removal.

As a result, Transportation staff do not typically recommend the installation of speedbumps, however, given the large demand for additional measures on Liard, I was able to work with staff on the implementation of a unique temporary speed hump pilot project.

 

Liard Street was selected as an appropriate location to pilot the temporary speed humps as it is going to be resurfaced within the next year or two. After this time, staff will be able to assess their utility and either move ahead with a permanent installation or remove the humps during resurfacing. Given the long term damage caused by the mechanism used to bolt down the hump, these devices are not installed on all roadways.

 

I am interested in how the results of this project will pan out. If successful, I am open to exploring the potential this project may provide to other similar streets with severe speeding concerns.

 

If residents are concerned with speeding on their streets, it is very important that they report speeding directly to the Police.  The more reports made to the Police highlight the area as a concern and officers can be deployed to the area. This also assists my office as I am also able to review the number of reports made for a particular street.  You can report online here – https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp

Be Safe, Be Seen

Shine your light and stay safe at night!

I am happy to share that Ottawa Fire Services, in partnership with Safer Roads Ottawa and the Ottawa Police Service has launched the third annual “Be Safe, Be Seen” initiative.

As part of the initiative, residents are encouraged to drop by any of the City of Ottawa Fire Stations in urban areas or one of the four rural fire offices, and receive a complimentary light or reflective item.  Each resident will be able to choose one item from the following list:

  • a set of bike lights;
  • a reflective armband/leg band; or
  • a pedestrian light

The safety items will help make road users more visible at night while walking, biking, running or partaking in other activities.  For residents or groups of residents looking for safety items, please send your request to Safer Roads Ottawa at sro@ottawa.ca.

The initiative runs until Tuesday, October 31 so don’t delay and pick up your reflective gear today!

For a full list of station locations and the hours in which residents can pick up their items, please contact Ottawa Fire Services at firerequests@ottawa.ca or call 613-580-2860.

City fleet continues to go green

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This week, Transportation Committee received the City’s plan for the municipal fleet in 2018. The City plans to spend $25.7 million to replace 97 vehicles and pieces of equipment and to acquire 16 new vehicles. Funding for the new vehicles would be sought in the 2018 Budget.

 

If electric vehicle technology is ready for purchase, cost effective and able to meet operational needs, the City could begin introducing electric vehicles into its fleet in 2018. The City already owns 72 hybrid vehicles and is exploring the potential of modifying existing vans and pick-up trucks with hybrid technology.

 

During the coming winter season, some City snow clearing vehicles would run with broadband back-up alarms, as part of a pilot to address noise complaints about snow clearing equipment. It is my hopes that the City will also initiate conversations with contract snow removal companies to ensure that all snow removal vehicle back-up alarms may be consistent across the City. The Committee approved a one-time draw of up to $120,000 for the pilot and, if successful, the installation of the alarms on the City’s snow clearing vehicles.

 

Items approved at today’s Transportation Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, October 11.

Recap on Fairwinds Winter Parking Meeting

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On September 28th a public meeting was held to discuss a pilot for winter parking restrictions in the community.  I have been working on this project with the Fairwinds’ Community Association and the City of Ottawa’s Traffic Department to review the parking and operational issues in the Fairwinds community from previous winter seasons.

Residents and City Winter Operations Staff have expressed concern regarding the narrowing of the travelled portion of some streets during the winter months, a pilot project is being proposed in the winter to only allow parking on only one side of the street from Dec 1st to March 30th.   During all other times parking would still be permitted on both sides of the streets (unless already signed otherwise).

At the meeting, staff presented the proposal that was also circulated to the community, as show in Map 1 and Map 2.  In response to questions at the meeting and that I have received via email, we have prepared the following Frequently Asked Questions Document.

We are seeking feedback from the residents and request you please provide your comments by Friday, October 13th.   My office has already received feedback from the Fairwinds’ Community Association with some suggestions from the community which will also be considered.

 

If you were unable to attend the meeting on September 28th and live in the area of the affected streets, I encourage you to email your thoughts on the winter parking restriction to Kerry-Lynn Mohr at Kerry-lynn.mohr@Ottawa.ca with a CC to me at Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca.

Bayview Station

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I would like to take a moment to provide residents some additional information on the upcoming relocation of Bayview Station Transitway Stop 2A (eastbound towards downtown) to the southeast corner of Albert Street and Bayview Road.

 

Starting on Friday, September 15, this stop is being moved to accommodate the construction of a transit-oriented development (TOD) south of Albert Street to be connected to the future Bayview O-Train Station. This work will result in the closure of the current pathway on the south side of Albert Street, which is located on the developer’s land and connects between the existing O-Train Trillium Line platform and eastbound bus Stop 2A. The developer requires use of the land in order to proceed with construction of the TOD development, which, when built, will provide modern residential, retail, and office use that will be integrated with the future Bayview Station and will encourage transit use.

 

As of Friday, September 15, customers transferring between buses at Stop 2A and trains on the O-Train Trillium Line will follow the new pedestrian route, which will take about 5 minutes, compared with the current 2 minutes. The pedestrian route will be signed, clearly marked, accessible, well-lit and monitored by security cameras so that customers can safely get to their bus or train transfer.

 

The current bus stop (#2304) on Albert Street, west of Bayview Road, for eastbound Routes 16 and 95 will be removed at the same time as it is close to the new location of Stop 2A, which will be across the street. Customers using those routes can use the new Stop 2A.  There will be no changes to westbound Bayview Station Transitway Stop 1A.
These changes will remain in place until the O-Train Confederation Line opens and the removal of the Transitway detour in 2018.
In an effort to help communicate information, OC Transpo has compiled an updated map of Bayview Station and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document which you can find here.

 

I highly encourage all residents who use this stop to plan their route in advance of the changes on September 15th. Thank you for your understanding.

Fall Transit OC Transpo Changes

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I would like to provide an overview of the Fall 2017 transit service changes that are to begin on Sunday, September 3.

 

These changes are part of OC Transpo’s regular schedule adjustments, which take place four times a year – April, June, September and December.

 

The fall service changes include two types of modifications:

  • Service adjustments as part of the transition to the 2018 Network; and,
  • Other service adjustments.

 

Service Adjustments as part of the Transition to the 2018 Network

 

Modifications to the OC Transpo’s transit system will be made in several phases in preparation for the opening of the O-Train Confederation Line in 2018. The modifications are intended to help ease the changes that will be experienced by customers once the Confederation Line is launched.

 

New route numbers that are consistent with the Bus Service Identification report received by the Transit Commission in June 2016 will continue to be introduced in phases. The table above lists the route number changes that will be made this fall as part of the continuing roll-out of the new route numbering plan. As new route numbers are introduced, they will be categorized into the new service types, with each service type having its own distinctive colour and symbol that provides information on the service offered. Information will be provided to customers at bus stops, on timetables and on buses to assist them with the route number changes for individual routes. The OC Transpo website will also provide all information to assist customers during this transition. Customers will be encouraged to visit www.octranspo.com to check out the information.

 

Other Service Adjustments

 

Route network adjustments – Following consultation with the Councillors for the areas affected, the following service adjustments will be made to the route network to get ready for rail in 2018:

  • In Kanata and Stittsville, the evening and weekend service between Terry Fox Station and Tanger Outlets currently provided by Route 62 will be provided by Route 162; and,
  • In Greenboro, current Routes 114 and 298 will be combined into new all-day Route 40, operating between St-Laurent and Greenboro Stations at most times. Route 40 will operate along the current Route 114 routing with most trips extended from Greenboro Station to Hurdman Station in the morning peak period and from Hurdman Station to Greenboro Station in the afternoon peak period. All Route 40 trips in Greenboro will serve Tapiola Crescent, to bring service closer to customers.

 

Station changes – In late fall 2017, some bus stop locations at Tunney’s Pasture Station will be adjusted once the full end-state bus loop is completed. Fare payments will continue to be made on board buses until the fare-paid zone at Tunney’s Pasture Station is established in 2018.

 

Seasonal Capacity Adjustments – Every year, ridership increases across the system as the summer ends and customers return back to regular commuting patterns. The frequency of service is adjusted to reflect these changes in ridership, and the capacity provided is adjusted to carry the increased number of customers traveling during this time. Seasonal reductions on most routes will end, with most services returning to their pre-summer levels.

 

School service – Special school trips on Frequent and Local routes and School routes (600-series) will resume. Capacity on Routes 12, 18, 19, 24, 82, 84, 152, 665, and 669 will be increased to accommodate Grade 7 and 8 students who are being relocated to Bell, Sir Robert Borden, and Gloucester High Schools as a result of school closures. In addition, based on observed ridership levels, the number of school trips will be reduced on Route 48 to Canterbury High School, Route 80 to Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School, Route 83 to Merivale High School, and Route 630 to Colonel By Secondary School, maintaining sufficient capacity by using higher-capacity buses on some trips.

 

For a full list of changes, please visit http://www.octranspo.com/ready4rail/fall_service_changes_starting_sept_3

Proposed Changes to 3 Hour Parking Bylaw on Unsigned Roads

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I would like to request residents to participate in a very important online public consultation.

 

As some of you may know, the City of Ottawa Bylaws indicate a maximum 3-hour parking limit on any unsigned street between 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM. This bylaw is enforced on a complaint basis allowing residents the ability to report parked vehicles which remain parked on the street for long durations of time.

 

Traffic Services is currently in the process of updating/rewriting the Traffic and Parking By-law and would like your input on this item.

 

The proposed change would allow vehicles to park for 6 consecutive hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends and statutory holidays. Please note that the 3 hour parking limit on Monday-Friday would remain in effect should the changes move forward. Please click the following link to have your say and for more information: https://s-ca.chkmkt.com/?e=89947&h=166F2DC43855E35&l=en

 

A phone number, 613-842-3622 has been set-up as an alternative to providing online feedback.

 

The metrics pulled from the survey will be included in the final report to be tabled at the Transportation Committee on September 6, 2017. Please provide your input before August 22nd.

 

I hope that all residents take a moment to share their thoughts on this item as street parking is something that affects all residents in Stittsville.

Gatineau and Ottawa mayors announce the mandate and membership of the Joint Transportation Working Group

On May 26, Mayor Jim Watson and Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, in conjunction with OC Transpo and Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO), announced the signing of a historic transit agreement between the two cities. In addition to integrating Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) bus routes with the new O-Train Confederation Line, the agreement also provided for the creation of a bilateral working group on long-term interprovincial transportation planning.

 

Following up on the May 26 announcement, the mayors of Gatineau and Ottawa today announced the mandate and composition of the Working Group, as well as its meeting schedule.

 

From now on, this new forum will be referred to as the “Joint Transportation Working Group”.

 

The Working Group’s mandate will be to study and make recommendations on questions related to interprovincial transportation, including transit and active transportation, as well as any transportation infrastructure projects likely to have impacts on both sides of the Ottawa River.

 

To ensure that this committee carries on the existing spirit of collaboration between Ottawa and Gatineau, the mayors have named ex officio members who are currently driving key transportation files in both cities. These members are:

 

City of Gatineau:

  1. Mayor of Gatineau (or his designated representative)
  2. Chair of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais
  3. Chair of the Commission des transports
  4. General Manager of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais

 

City of Ottawa:

  1. Mayor of Ottawa (or his designated representative)
  2. Chair of the Transit Commission
  3. Chair of the Transportation Committee
  4. General Manager of OC Transpo

 

Additional staff from both cities and transit agencies will join the Working Group depending on the topics under consideration.

 

The Joint Transportation Working Group will meet at least twice a year; additional meetings may be called as required. Meeting locations will alternate between Gatineau and Ottawa, beginning in early 2018.

 

Bus Pad Improvements In Stittsville

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I am happy to share that a number of bus pads are slated for improvements this summer.

 

Included in the scope of this project is preparation of the desired bus stop location, including removal of any existing non-standard bus stop facility as needed, and construction of a new asphalt platform and/or concrete shelter pad as per City of Ottawa, OC Transpo, and AODA Accessibility Standards.

 

A total of 21 bus stop locations will see improvements across the city, 4 of which will be within Stittsville. These are located at:

 

 

 

 

OC Transpo Stop Number Location
371 FERNBANK (N SIDE) & CHERRY NS
1196 FERNBANK (S SIDE) & ARROWWOOD NS
2192 CARP (E SIDE) & ROTHBOURNE NS
9084 FERNBANK N SUNNYSIDE NS

 

This is great news for residents who make use of OC Transpo service at these bus stops. As more updates arise in regards to timelines, I will be happy to share that information in my newsletter.

 

For a full list of bus pad’s receiving improvements, please click here. For more information on service improvements, please visit http://www.octranspo.com/