2013: DECISION TIME FOR WESTERN LIGHT RAIL AND OUR COMMUNITY

31 01 2013

City Council recently approved the plans for the Confederation Line between Blair Station and Tunney’s Pasture. That section is scheduled to be open to the public by 2018. Key decisions on the western extension of the train’s route will be taken this year. A track running straight through our green, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood remains a distinct, grim possibility. Information gathered by some of our members suggests city planners are viewing the Richmond-Byron corridor as their top choice.

Although city councillors voted to approve an environmental report last June that included several Richmond-Byron options, the community has still not been consulted at this stage of the process. There have also been few indications that Carling Avenue is being seriously considered as a viable route. Planners have also not specified exactly how much of Byron Linear Park will disappear, where traffic will be diverted through the community when lanes are reduced along Richmond, and whether some homes will have to be appropriated along the route.

Now is a great time to send city councillors, MLAs and MPs an email or letter voicing your concerns about the proposed Richmond/Byron routes. Email addresses can be found on our website. We also encourage you to send a well-worded letter to deputy city manager Nancy Schepers: Nancy.Schepers@ottawa.ca.

The city wants your comments on its new OFFICIAL PLAN and MASTER PLAN, documents that will form the basis of major decisions including transportation and the construction of high-rises and commercial buildings in our neighbourhoods.

Please take the time to fill out their survey, by MARCH 1, 2013.
http://liveableottawa.fluidsurveys.com/s/2031/?p=0&k=&h=b07e0bc1c3751d34acbef5b8546b29ae&s=eyJwYWdlcGF0aCI6IFswXX0%3D&n=.&l=en

Look what we discovered from the Confederation Line plans:
• The top speed of the trains is now listed as 100 km/h, versus the 80 km/h described earlier
• The system could move over 18.000 passengers per hour in each direction, up from the 12,000-14,000 in the original planning documents
• Trains could run as often as every 1:45 minutes, much more than the 2-3 minutes laid out by the planners when describing the project

Posted on behalf of Neighbours for Smart Western Rail
http://www.smartwesternrail.org/letterpress/





Light Rail Showcase beginning December 5, 2012

5 12 2012

On December 5th, 2012, the City of Ottawa will launch a series of public showcases unveiling its recommended light rail transit plan for the largest infrastructure project in Ottawa’s history. Return to this site to view an online showcase or visit a public showcase at one of the locations listed below. Council will review and vote on the recommended plan on December 12th and 19th, 2012.

December 11
5-9pm
Hintonburg Community Centre, Wellington Room
1064 Wellington

December 5-19
Weekdays Only
11am-7pm
City Hall, Former Entrepreneurship Centre
110 Laurier Ave. West

 

Edited to add: And here’s some more information on our Councillor’s website too.





Community meeting about proposed routes through the west end

17 09 2012
The Neighbours for Smart Western Rail group is hosting a community meeting this Friday September 21st from 7-9 p.m. at Dovercourt. For more details about this group please check out their website:




Recommended Plan Released for Public Comment – McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro ATM Study

31 01 2012

In case you missed it on our Councillor’s site, today is the last day to submit comments on the McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro ATM Study at: www.ottawa.ca/mckellaratm. You can also submit comments to  Katherine.Hobbs@ottawa.ca

The following is from an email that was circulated from the City of Ottawa:

This Recommended Plan is essentially the same plan that was presented to the Pubic Working Group in 2008, and which focuses on providing visual cues to motorists about being in a residential area, and driving accordingly, and about facilitating pedestrian crossing movements.

This overall study process has seen many challenges along the way – some of which remain unresolved even today.  A significant challenge, in fact, relates to the amount of time that has transpired since most of the data and input for this study were collected and analyzed, leaving the potential for concerns being raised regarding the continued validity of this data.  Starting this process over again, however, is not an option.  While the data and public input utilized thus far may in some cases be outdated, the likelihood of an updated process resulting in substantially different recommendations than those brought forward in 2008 is seen as being relatively low.

In 2008, at the time the preliminary traffic management plan was presented to the study Public Working Group, the intent was to follow-up with a Public Open House where the plan would be presented to the general public for comment, and to subsequently seek formal approval of the proposed plan.  Some members of the Public Working Group, however, expressed significant concerns over the lack of recommendations aimed at reducing traffic volumes.  The main focus of these concerns related to traffic use of streets in the McKellar Park Community, and most particularly around what some participants considered to be excessive traffic activities on the Fraser Avenue connection to/from Sherbourne Road.  As a result, at the request of the Ward Councillor at the time, the formal study process was essentially put on hold in order to permit the McKellar Park Community to bring forward other potential solutions for consideration, and to allow the Community to attempt to reach an internal consensus on an alternative plan that they would like the City to consider.  The formal McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro Area Traffic Management Study process has essentially been on hold since 2008.  There have been, however, informal discussions with the McKellar Park representatives since that time regarding further options.

More recently, as part of Council’s process of approving overall Council priorities for the current term of Council, as well as through associated Capital budget process considerations regarding the Area Traffic Management Program, Council recently directed that staff report back with an Area Traffic Management program priority update in the first quarter of 2012.  Council also approved $2.5M in Capital funding (as part of the 2012 Budget) for the implementation of approved area traffic management measures, while indicating this was intended as the full funding allocation for this program for the current term of Council (i.e., through to the end of 2014).  With this in mind, continued delays in finalizing the McKellar Park / Highland Park / Westboro Area Traffic Management Study would mean that recommendations from this study would not be considered for implementation until after the next round of municipal elections.

The detour plan that was in place this past fall provided additional insights into the potential benefits and impacts of traffic volume solutions, but has not provided any obvious traffic volume management solutions that could be expected to achieve broader, community-wide, support.  If anything, these detours have raised overall levels of concern and sensitivities regarding traffic volume management solutions, and highlighted the importance of maintaining good connections for the overall community.

Given the above considerations, it is recommended that the City proceed with approval of the recommended plan, as initially proposed in 2008, by mid-February of this year, to allow the City to take advantage of potentially the only available source of implementation funding before the end of the current term of Council.  By doing this, recommended measures from the study would be considered in the report being brought before Transportation Committee and Council, in April of this year, on implementation priorities for the area traffic management program.

The stated emphasis of the 2008 plan, which was about focusing on providing visual cues to motorists about being within a residential area, and driving accordingly, and about facilitating pedestrian crossings, remains valid today.

The need for traffic calming measures along Fraser Avenue, in light of both the high volume of traffic and speeds, also remains valid today.   As mentioned earlier, it is recognized that some residents along Fraser Avenue may not support the use of speed humps along their street, as recommended.  As such, the suggested approach for moving forward with approval would be to seek approval of the 2008 plan, as proposed, but with a commitment to Fraser Avenue residents to work with them on refining these proposed traffic calming measures.  As stated above, where area residents do not support the proposed measures every effort will be made to find alternative measures, within the same general range of implementation costs, and that are seen as appropriate for addressing the confirmed issues and are not expected to result in any significant traffic volume shifts to other community streets.

Given the significant time constraints for being able to consider measures from this study as part of the 2012 funding envelope, an accelerated approval process is also being proposed, as follows:

Early January 2012

  •  Distribute the recommended plan to members of the Public Working Group for this study for comment, along with details of intended approval process
  • Circulate the recommended plan to technical agencies for comment
  • Provide public notice of the recommended plan being available for review and comment through the City’s website, with comment deadline by the end of January
  • Post the recommended plan through the City’s website, with details on how to provide comments

End of January 2012

  • Deadline for public comment on recommended plan

Early February 2012

  • Seek Delegated Authority approval of recommended plan (after considering public comments received), including Ward Councillor concurrence

 

 





From the Councillor’s office: OC-Transpo route changes

24 03 2011

OC Transpo released their proposals for changes to routes as part of the 2011 Network Optimization Project. There are a number of changes in Kitchissippi Ward and I wanted to make sure you were the first to know of the changes. I look forward to speaking with you all regarding the proposals and what changes we would like to see.

Please remember, these are only proposals from City staff, and I am committed to working with all residents in Kitchissippi to ensure we get the best possible service for our residents and businesses.

I will be attending the March 29th City public open house at City Hall from 5:30-7:30 and I will also be holding a public meeting in the ward on the proposals at the Churchill Seniors Centre on April 2nd from 2 to 3:30 PM.

You can review all the proposed changes here: http://www.octranspo1.com/routes/2011_network_optimization

The following routes in the ward would see no changes or improved service: 2, 14, 85, 86, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 101, 102 and the O-Train.

Some improvements on those routes include: new occasional service to Carlingwood Shopping Centre on the 2, moving the 85 from Bronson to Preston between Carling and Albert, and added capacity from Westboro-Downtown on the 95.

A new route would be added, the 107 which would serve as a shuttle at Tunney’s Pasture campus, replacing service north of Tunney’s Pasture station of the 6, 82, and 176.

Route 176 would still run between Carling and Scott on Parkdale.

Route 6 would now end at Carling Station and not run on Parkdale to Tunney’s Pasture and only run during peak hours.

Route 82 would now end at LeBreton Station and be renumbered to 41. It will not serve Tunney’s Pasture

Route 57 would be eliminated, replaced with added capacity on other Holland Avenue services.

Route 3 would also be eliminated (which runs adjacent to the ward), services replaced with the 85.

Route 16 would not return to Byron and would have service until 10 PM Monday to Friday west of Tunney’s Pasture, and lose Sunday service.

Route 18 would not run west of Preston Street.

Route 187 would be eliminated, with services moved to the existing route 150 which has the same route in Kitchissippi and will run Monday to Friday until 8 PM and Saturday to 7 PM, plus one late service. There would be no Sunday service.

Route 151 would now run until 7 PM, Monday to Friday from Tunney’s Pasture to Westboro Station, with route 155 moved from Holland to Kirkwood, running until 8 PM plus one late service. There would be no Saturday or Sunday service. Route 151 will also have special trips to Carlingwood Shopping Centre.

I hope you will all have a chance to review the changes in our ward and comment to OC Transpo and my office which changes you are in favour of and which need to be revised. Please note that on the website OC Transpo has provided rationale for many of their proposed changes, which I encourage you to consult in forming your comments.

Sincerely,

Katherine Hobbs
Councillor, Kitchissippi Ward

Background

Following public consultation through April 7th, the revised proposals will be decided on April 20th at Transit Committee. The approved route changes will be implemented on September 4 at the same time as the fall service schedule.

The proposed changes are part of OC Transpo Business Plan and support the 2011 Budget. The plan proposes redesigning the network to make routes more direct, and reliable while ensuring that we can keep fares down and make our transit system sustainable for the long term.

The service proposals alone are designed to save $19.5 million annually starting in 2012 and $6.5million in 2011. Combined with additional efficiencies, OC Transpo anticipates finding savings of $22 million annually and $7.3 million for 2011 (as identified in the 2011 Business Plan).

Without these changes, public transit alone would increase property taxes by costing taxpayers $145 million over five years. This would mean a property tax increase of at least 5 per cent all on its own by 2016. The route optimization proposal that is part of the Business Plan puts OC Transpo on a financially sustainable footing for the present and for the future.

OC Transpo wants to get customer feedback and to provide information on the network optimization proposal. This feedback will be an important part of the final network plan presented to the Transit Commission on April 20. Deadline for comment is April 7. Public delegations will be able to make presentations at the Transit Commission meeting on April 20, 2011.

  1. As of March 23, the OC Transpo website will include details of the changes regarding specifics routes and areas of the city. Customers will have an opportunity to give their input by completing the online “Customer Feedback Form” at octranspo.com. To review the full set of changes, see here: http://www.octranspo1.com/routes/2011_network_optimization
  2. Five City-wide Open Houses between March 29 and April 5 will provide an opportunity for riders to speak with senior transit planning staff and Transit Commission members. Again, customers will be able to have their say by completing a Customer Feedback Form.

They will include a formal 15-minute presentation on the proposed network optimization changes, as well as the opportunity to talk to OC Transpo planning staff, as well as Transit Commission members about the plan. Dates and times include:

  • Tuesday, March 29, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)

Ottawa City Hall, Jean Pigott Place, 110 Laurier Avenue West

  • Wednesday, March 30, 7 – 9 p.m. (presentation at 8 p.m.)

Kanata Recreation Complex, Hall B, 100 Walter Baker Place

  • Thursday, March 31, 7 – 9 p.m. (presentation at 8 p.m.)

Nepean Sportsplex, Halls C and D, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue

  • Monday, April 4, 7 – 9 p.m. (presentation at 8 p.m.)

Jim Durrell Recreation Complex, Ellwood Hall, 1265 Walkey Road

  • Tuesday, April 5, 7 – 9 p.m. (presentation at 8 p.m.)

Shenkman Arts Centre, Music Rehearsal Hall, 245 Centrum Boulevard

  1. For those customers unable to attend one of the sessions or access online information, OC Transpo can also be reached at 613-741-4390.




Ottawa West Bike Share Survey

25 01 2011

…. developed by SLOWest is online here. Your participation will help determine the need and feasibility of bike sharing in our community.

The survey will be available online until the week of January 31 – Feb 4.

 





Richmond Road / Westboro Transportation Management Implementation Plan: Public Open House

14 09 2010

This just came in from the City of Ottawa.

>We would like to invite you to attend a second Public Open House scheduled for this Thursday, September 16, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church (located at 347 Richmond Road). This open house will give you a chance to comment on a series of initiatives that are proposed to be implemented in your community over the next 15 years to encourage a shift from auto dependence to more sustainable modes of transportation (walking, cycling, transit, etc.).

This meeting is open to the general public.

Please see this PDF for more information.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but wish to obtain further information, please contact :

Steven Boyle, MCIP, RPP
Senior Project Manager
Transportation Planning Branch
Planning and Growth Management Department
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West, 4th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 1J1
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 26087
Fax:  613-580-2578
E-Mail:  steven.boyle@ottawa.ca

or

Tim Dickinson, M.Pl., MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner
MMM Group Limited
1111 Prince of Wales Drive, Suite 302
Ottawa , Ontario  K2C 3T2
Tel.: 613.274.3200 Ext. 3546
Fax: 613.236.2270
E-Mail: DickinsonT@mmm.ca








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