Inquiry to Staff – OC Transpo Bus System Reliability

At the October 23rd, 2019 City Council meeting, I am bringing forward an inquiry to City Staff to look into the inadequacies of the OC Transpo bus system since the launch of LRT Stage 1; and to come up with specific solutions to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

The level of bus service from OC Transpo has been completely unacceptable with over-crowded stations, packed buses, cancelled buses, and missing scheduled stops. This inquiry to City Staff directs them to produce clear and concise solutions to improve the transit service levels throughout the City and bring the service up to a level that residents expect.

Ward Infrastructure Improvements

Projects in progress or complete

Multi-use pathways

  • Des Grives Crescent to Toulouse Crescent
  • Toulouse Crescent to Belval Crescent
  • Orleans Blvd to Kamouraska Circle
  • Gaultois Ave to Orleans Blvd

Repaving

  • Meadowglen Dr – Meadowhill Crescent East to Forest Valley Drive
  • St. Joseph resurfacing
  • Anderson Road (South of Renaud)
  • Beausejour resurfacing
  • Eastpark Drive

Infrastructure upgrades

  • Delorme pumping station
  • Chapel Hill Park and Ride

Park updates

  • Ruisseau Park – Renewal
  • Blackburn Hamlet Splash Pad – Ongoing
  • August Park – Opened September 26
  • Champagne Park – opened July 6
  • Spring Valley Trails Park – Ongoing
  • Bench on Carriere
  • Bench in Chapel Hill South – Brian Coburn Blvd & Page Rd

Stage 2 LRT update

Overall


Preparatory activities (borehole drilling, top soil stripping, site office mobilization, pre-construction surveys, tree clearing, etc.) are currently underway on each O-Train extension.

O-Train Trillium Line South Extension

  • Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF)
    – In coordination with OC Transpo Rail Operations, preparatory works such as surveying, clean up, trackwork and fencing are underway at the future site of the new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility.
    – Foundation excavation for the future Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) is currently underway.
  • Top soil removal is currently taking place between Uplands Drive and Airport Station along with culvert installation and embankment construction
  • Uplands Structures Yard set up is complete and being utilized to support ongoing construction activities.
  • 3200 metric tonnes of rail has arrived in the Port of Prescott. Rail will be delivered to Ottawa by truck this fall.
  • Caisson drilling is currently underway at Uplands Drive to support the construction of the future bridge structure.

O-Train Confederation Line East Extension

  • Tree clearing along Ottawa Road 174 between Blair and Green’s Creek is underway.
  • East site office and day-to-day yard set up (Montreal Road and OR 174)
    – Office trailer installation is nearly complete with utility connections underway.
    – This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities, targeting occupation in October.
  • Pre-construction surveys
    – East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. They will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to construction.

O-Train Confederation Line West Extension

  • Tree clearing will begin in October at several priority areas including Iris Station to Baseline Station, Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) area, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway area.
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (SJAM) Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works
    – Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue.
    – Off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue are anticipated in late October, although bidirectional traffic will be maintained at all times.
    – Gravel spreading, watering and compaction are currently underway
    – Crews have commenced asphalt spreading in areas where compaction has been completed.
  • West site office and day-to-day yard set up (Baseline Road and Navaho Drive)
    – Granular pad installation is complete and most of the office trailers have arrived on site.
    – This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities.
  • Building demolition is currently underway within the project limits:
    – On the east side of Connaught Avenue between Severn Avenue and Hanlon Avenue (three houses).
    – On Richmond Road, east of Cleary Avenue (one strip mall).
    – Crews have commenced preparatory activities such as tree removal, decommissioning utilities and site fencing.
  • Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations:
    – Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway nearby Churchill
    – Dominion Station
  • Borehole drilling is scheduled to occur at the following locations:
    – Lincoln Fields Tunnel Portal
    – Pinecrest Creek SWM Pond
    – Tunney’s Pasture Station
  • Pre-construction surveys
    – East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. As indicated in the east update, DST will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to the start of construction.

LRT Stage 2 update

O-Train Trillium Line South Extension

  • Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF)
  • In coordination with OC Transpo Rail Operations, preparatory works such as surveying, clean up, trackwork and fencing are underway at the future site of the new Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility.
  • Tree clearing will take place in early September within the footprint of the new MSF.
  • Building excavation for the Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) is anticipated in late September
  • Top soil removal is currently taking place between Uplands Drive and Airport Station along with culvert installation and embankment construction
  • Uplands Structures Yard set up is complete and being utilized to support ongoing construction activities.
  • Delivery of Trillium Line rail has commenced and will arrive later this month.
  • Utility investigations using CCTV cameras in storm infrastructure along various areas of the alignment is ongoing.
  • Caisson drilling is currently underway at Uplands Drive to support the construction of the future bridge structure.

O-Train Confederation Line East Extension

  • Tree clearing along Ottawa Road 174 between Blair and Green’s Creek is anticipated to begin in September.
  • Borehole drilling is currently underway along OR 174 between Blair Road & Trim Road (night work)
  • East site office and day-to-day yard set up (Montreal Road and OR 174)
  • Office trailer installation is currently underway
    This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities, targeting occupation at the end of September
    • Pre-construction surveys
  • East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. They will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to construction.

O-Train Confederation Line West Extension

  • Tree clearing underway at demolition properties and is expected to begin in October at several priority areas including Iris Station to Baseline Station, Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) area, and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway area.
    • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway (SJAM) Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works
  • SJAM is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue
  • Off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue are anticipated in late October, although bidirectional traffic will be maintained at all times
  • Gravel spreading is currently underway within the SJAM median.
  • West site office and day-to-day yard set up (Baseline Road and Navaho Drive)
  • Utility installation is complete and water connection is pending
  • Granular pad installation is complete and office trailers are arriving on site
  • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities
  • Building demolition is scheduled to occur in September 2019 within the project limits:
  • On the east side of Connaught Avenue between Severn Avenue and Hanlon Avenue (three houses)
  • On Richmond Road, east of Cleary Avenue (one strip mall)
  • Crews will be commencing preparatory activities such as decommissioning utilities and site fencing in early September.
  • Rochester Field:
  • Archeological investigation efforts have concluded at Rochester Field, and an archaeological report is currently being finalized for the NCC
  • In the coming weeks this are will transition to a laydown site
  • Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations:
  • Transitway near Iris and Baseline
  • SJAM pavement boreholes in the median
  • Dominion Station
  • Borehole drilling is scheduled to occur at the following locations:
  • Lincoln Fields Tunnel Portal
  • Pinecrest Creek SWM Pond
  • Pre-construction surveys
  • East-West Connectors (EWC) have retained DST Consulting Engineers to carry out a pre-construction survey of the homes and buildings located within close proximity to the project. As indicated in the east update, DST will be documenting properties to establish the existing conditions of the interior and exterior of buildings near the alignment, prior to the start of construction.

Brian Coburn Extension Update

Today, city staff have come back with an update on the Brian Coburn Extension project. I am pleased to see progress on this very important file, as Innes Ward both needs and deserves adequate roadway infrastructure for residents. I will continue to work with the community and city staff to ensure the needs of our community are being met.

The key points in this update are:

  • The expanded project scope, which includes the widening of Blair Road for combined bus only and high-occupancy vehicle lanes.
  • The short-listing of the roadway and Bus Rapid Transit proposals from seven to four viable options.
  • The evaluation criteria for the four remaining options developed in consultation with the NCC.

Staff have additionally advised that the next steps for this project will include further community consultations, with an additional open house expected to take place this fall. During this consultation period, they will present the following information:

  • Evaluation and assessment of the four roadway and bus rapid transit ultimate options and the recommended option.
  • Recommended short-term and affordable Transit Priority solutions (Chapel Hill Park and Ride to Blair Road at Innes Road).
  • Recommended design options for the Blair Road widening for Transit Priority.

For more information on this project, including plans highlighting the four shortlisted options, please visit: https://ottawa.ca/en/city-hall/public-engagement/projects/brian-coburn-extension-cumberland-transitway-westerly-alternate-corridor-ea-study

Federal government adds $1 Million to planned arena renovation

Today, the federal government announced it was joining the City of Ottawa and providing $1 million towards the renovation and expansion of the Blackburn Arena. This renovation is a key infrastructure renewal project for the City, one that invests in the local community to make the arena a more inclusive and functional space. With the federal government providing $1 million, the City of Ottawa is providing the balance of approximately $4 million for the total $5 million project.

 “As a city, we need to continue to invest in our community facilities. The arena is a true community hub, where families have come to play sports and participate in events for decades. These investments in our community’s social assets are just as important as other city infrastructure projects, and today’s announcement ensures that we are leaving a legacy to future generations,” said Innes Ward Councillor Laura Dudas.

The Blackburn Arena renovation is the product of much community consultation and negotiation with the different levels of government. The renovation will include two alternate needs rooms, four new dressing rooms, a community multi-purpose space for events, and an expanded front lobby. The proposed project is expected to begin construction in summer of 2020

Still currently in the design phase, the renovation of the Blackburn Arena is expected to be completed in mid-2021.