City of Ottawa secures funding for Stage 2 LRT

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Today at the Belfast Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility, I was pleased to join Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli, Mayor Jim Watson, and my councillor colleagues where the Government of Canada announced its financial support for the Stage 2 LRT project.

 

The federal government has pledged to contribute up to $1.09 billion in total eligible costs to Stage 2 through their long term plan, Investing in Canada. This is in addition to the over $67 million the federal government committed to Stage 2 through the first phase of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund last year.

 

These funds, in addition to the $1 billion plus 50 per cent of the cost associated with extending the O-Train system to the Ottawa airport and from Place d’Orléans to Trim already promised by MPP Chiarelli and the Province Ontario, is an integral step to ensuring that Stage 2 LRT will officially be moving forward.

 

The remainder of the LRT costs, approximately $1 billion, will be covered by the City of Ottawa as part of our committed portion to the project.

 

Once complete, Stage 2 will bring 70 per cent of Ottawa residents within five kilometers of efficient, clean and reliable rail service with the capability of carrying an estimated 24,000 riders per hour per direction during peak periods. The complete O-Train system will span nearly 60 kilometres and include 41 stations.

 

I am thrilled to share this news with all residents as it means that LRT will be taking one step closer to Stittsville where the Stage 3 hub is currently planned for.

 

I would like to thank Prime Minister Trudeau and the members of the Ottawa caucus in the federal government for this investment in Canada’s capital region. I would also like to pass along my thanks to MPP Chiarelli and local provincial caucus members for their contributions to local infrastructure. Finally, I would like to thank Mayor Watson and my colleagues along with our municipal transportation staff for all of their hard work in making these efforts a reality.

 

#getreadyforrail, Ottawa!

OC Transpo Summer Service Changes

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OC Transpo has provided an overview of the Summer 2017 transit service changes that will start on Sunday, June 25.

 

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 two types of modifications:

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

 

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.

 

As with the renumbering of the 96 to the 61 and the 93 to the 62 in April, 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 following table lists the route number changes that will be made this summer 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.

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Other Service Adjustments

Hurdman Station

Service at Hurdman Station will be relocated from the temporary bus loop at the east side of the station to the new bus platform, adjacent to the platforms for the O-Train Confederation Line.

 

New service in Barrhaven

New Route 179 will provide peak-period service for the new office and retail locations at CitiGate, west of Strandherd. Current Route 170 will be extended to serve the CitiGate development and to better serve residential areas along Maravista Drive and Kennevale Drive between Cedarview Road and Strandherd Drive. The rush hour trips to/from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency location on Fallowfield Road will be provided by new Route 179 instead of Route 170.

 

Free service on Canada Day

Transit is the best option for travelling to Canada Day festivities downtown and across the city with free service all day on OC Transpo and Para Transpo. A special schedule will operate on July 1, with additional service during the day and after the fireworks.

 

Paper passes are being discontinued

June is the last month for Adult paper passes. Starting in July, adult passes must be purchased on Presto. July will be the last month for senior and community paper passes. Customers can visit an OC Transpo Customer Service Centre or City of Ottawa Client Service Centre to purchase their Presto card. Customers can also go online at prestocard.ca or call 1-877-378-6123 to order their Presto card. Visit octranspo.com for more information.

STEP to focus on Pedestrian Safety and Construction Zones During June

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For the month of June, the Ottawa Police Service and Gatineau Police Service’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) will be paying close attention to pedestrian safety and construction zones during the month of June.

1709 traffic collisions, 1843 injuries, and 34 fatalities occurred between 2011 and 2015 involving pedestrians.

Likewise, there have been 1019 collisions involving construction zones. These collisions resulted in 214 injuries and 1 fatality. 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.

O-Train Service Adjustment – Carleton Spring Switch/Preventative Maintenance

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From Saturday, June 17, until Friday, June 30, Trillium Line service will be temporarily replaced by Route 107 bus service in order to facilitate planned maintenance activities, including the replacement of Carleton Station’s track switches and other associated equipment. This work is being performed over the summer when ridership is lowest in order to minimize the impact to OC Transpo customers.

 

As part of these efforts, Carleton Station’s siding spring switch will be replaced with new powered switches. This project helps set the stage for work required as part of the Trillium Line extension in Stage 2 of the City’s light rail transit plan, and is funded in part by the Federal and Provincial governments through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. This work will help enhance reliability of the system and standardize infrastructure along the Trillium Line.

 

During the temporary service adjustments, bus Route 107 will provide service parallel to the Trillium Line and will operate every 15 minutes. In addition to Route 107, there may be other bus route options that work better for some customers. Customers are encouraged to call 613-741-4390, visit octranspo.com or use octranspo.mobi for travel planning assistance. Schedules are available by calling 613-560-1000 or texting 560560 plus the bus stop number.

Councillor’s View – Kanata Extension LRT EA Open House Recap

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Dear Residents,

 

Last night, June 5th, I had the pleasure of attending the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Kanata Extension Environmental Assessment Open House.

 

The event was well attended with over 100 participants from within the west-end communities and it was great to see residents so engaged and asking questions for such an important topic to the future of Stittsville.

The meeting discussed potential options regarding the future of the LRT extension from Moodie to Palladium through Kanata and requested feedback from community members on their thoughts.

A total of 13 potential corridors were identified, including locations north, south and central to Highway 417. All options are compatible with proposed extension of LRT to Moodie (Stage 2) and each option presented Palladium as the location for the western terminus (as per the City’s Transportation Master Plan). The high density development potential for this area makes Palladium an ideal location for the line to end despite the uncertainty of what will become of the Canadian Tire Centre.

Ideally, I would like to see the rail continue one step further and see the line extended closer to Maple Grove to better serve the residents of Stittsville – even though this is not part of the LRT network as currently depicted in the Transportation Master Plan.

The presentation outline and boards listing provide a complete overview of the considerations for all 13 options.

 

I am pleased to report that Corridor 8 is the recommended option going forward as there are a number of benefits to this option:

  • It is centrally located for Kanata and runs along the northern edge of Highway 417 and provides a strong spine for bus transportation to complement the system
  • Serves residents north and south of the highway and therefore provides good ridership potential
  • Minimal impact on residents living near the line
  • Utilizes existing park and rides (Eagleson, Terry Fox, and Palladium)
  • Has limited affect on the natural environment
  • Please see the Corridor 8 Board for more information on this plan.

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In addition to selecting Corridor 8 as the preliminary preferred choice, the City will still further review Corridors 5 and 13 based on initial feedback.

Corridor 5 provides service to Kanata North which does assist by providing access to the employment area in Kanata North but I feel this corridor provides little benefit to Stittsville residents. Additionally, I feel this creates a missed opportunity as the Terry Fox Park and Ride would not be utilized and the corridor has greater negative impacts as well including natural environment impact, complexity, and capital & operational costs.

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Corridor 13 provides greater service to Kanata South as well as Stittsville, however, this option runs along the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). I feel this will be create problems and change the nature of the corridor, and as such, the majority of residents would not support LRT in the TCT.

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City staff and the consultants provided an excellent overview of all the corridors considered.  The next step in the process is for a further analysis of corridors 5, 8 and 13. A second open house will be held in the Fall with more information.

Right now it is important that residents provide their comments by June 23, 2017. It is important that Stittsville residents are heard. If you support Corridor 8 and think the terminus should be south of Pallidum to provide a greater connection to Stittsville or have other ideas, please send them to the City.

Residents can provide comments by June 23, 2017 to:

 

Angela Taylor

Senior Project Engineer, Transportation Planning

angela.taylor@ottawa.ca

613-580-2424 Ext. 15210

www.Ottawa.ca/KanataLRT

 

I would like to thank all residents who took the time to come out to the event and I encourage all residents to provide their thoughts on what is certain to be a developmental decision which affects Stittsville for many generations to come. Thank you for your engagement.

-Shad

 

Kanata LRT Extension 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. The Open House will take place from 5:30-8:30 PM, with a presentation at 6:30PM at the Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall A (100 Charlie Rogers Way).

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.  This future extension of the LRT will connect from the Western Moodie Extension and will travel north of Highway 417 in Kanata and then will end at the Canadian Tire Centre in Stittsville.   While the majority of this route will be located in Kanata it is important to note it will bring benefits to Stittsville and also the surrounding communities of West Carlton and Rideau-Goulbourn.   The west end Councillors have been working together on ensuring that the project timelines can be pushed forward to provide an increased level of transit service that is desperately needed to service Stittsville and our neighboring communities.
I would like to invite all residents to join the discussion regarding this phase of the LRT extension further into the west end including Stittsville.  For more information on this EA please visit here.

Carp at Hazeldean Traffic Inquiries

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For some time, I’ve been hearing concerns from residents regarding the intersection at Carp Road and Hazeldean. Many residents feel as though an advance left turn signal needs to be implemented for vehicles turning eastbound from Hazeldean onto Carp Road. This has been a major discussion for at least two years with traffic staff and I am happy to supply residents with further information on the matter.

 

Having discussed this concern with the City’s Traffic Department, in Fall 2016 Traffic Staff conducted a review on 12 hours of video footage of the intersection during morning rush-hour over a two-month period. The footage concludes that while eastbound traffic turning left from Hazeldean onto Carp Road (toward the 417) is high, it does not spill out of the left-turn storage lane. Secondly, there is a very low volume of westbound traffic on Hazeldean Road to interfere with eastbound drivers turning left. Overall, traffic staff concluded that eastbound left-turn vehicles experienced an excellent level of service, and therefore did not recommend that any traffic signal changes be made at this time.

 

Traffic staff also took time to review suggestions to create a dedicated right turn lane at this intersection as drivers in the northbound curbside lane are often not expected to continue straight through the intersection. However, as analysis has shown that this would nearly double the northbound straight through queue length during all periods of the day, this was not recommended.

I appreciate residents reaching out to my office with their concerns regarding the intersection, and encourage residents to contact my office by emailing me at shad.qadri@ottawa.ca or by phoning me at 613-580-2476 should they have any further questions or concerns.

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.

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.