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.

Exciting news: the LRT is now open!

It is incredibly exciting that the LRT Stage 1 is launching. With the initial public launch taking place over the weekend, riders will get the chance to become familiar with the Confederation Line, the trains, and the brand new stations.

However the real test is Monday, when thousands of OC Transpo riders will be taking their first commute into work and school. With that in mind, I would like to take this opportunity to share some tools from OC Transpo which can help ease the transition on to the new LRT.

Rest assured that residents will have the plenty of opportunity to become familiar with the new system, and the existing bus routes will continue to run alongside the LRT until October 6. After that time, most of the routes through downtown will be discontinued, and new neighborhood routes will serve the surrounding communities and feed into the new LRT stations.

Route changes : https://www.octranspo.com/en/ready-for-rail/new-transit-service/my-route/

Neighbourhood services: https://www.octranspo.com/en/ready-for-rail/my-trip/station-neighbourhoods/ottawa-east

Where to buy fare: https://www.octranspo.com/en/ready-for-rail/fares-tickets/where-will-i-buy-my-fare/

LRT Station explorer: https://www.octranspo.com/en/ready-for-rail/designed-with-you-in-mind/my-station/

Trip changes: https://www.octranspo.com/en/ready-for-rail/my-trip/how-will-it-change-my-trip/

Councillor to Table motion for additional Crossing guards

At today’s Transportation Committee, I will table a motion in support of the City of Ottawa funding all 16 warranted crossing guard positions as identified necessary by the City.

The City of Ottawa provides crossing guard services for children going to elementary schools at intersections that have met the criteria laid out by the Transportation Services Department with the City of Ottawa.

Today, I am asking that the City fund all the crossings that have met the necessary criteria, and warrant a crossing guard, as funding 10 out of the 16 locations seems to be a relatively arbitrary cut-off.

Stage 2 LRT Project Update

July 22, 2019 to August 4, 2019

Overall

  • Preparatory activities (borehole drilling, top soil stripping, site office mobilization, preconstruction surveys, etc.) are currently underway on each O-Train extension to facilitate the commencement of Stage 2 construction activities in 2019.

O-Train Trillium Line South Extension

  • Borehole drilling between Greenboro Station and Bayview Station 
    • Borehole drilling is scheduled to occur at night between late-July and mid-August between Greenboro Station and Bayview Station. This work will occur at night while the O-Train Trillium Line is not in service to minimize disruptions to transit operations.
    • Some hydrovacing is required at each station for utility investigations.
  • Preparatory works at Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility
    • 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. 
  • Uplands Structures Yard set up
    • Light post installation is now complete. 
    • Crews will be connecting utilities to site trailers in preparation for occupation later this summer.
  • Jersey barrier installation
    • Crews will be installing jersey barriers overnight between late-July and mid-August at the following locations:
      • Airport Parkway
      • Uplands Drive
      • Lester Road
      • Leitrim Road
    • This work is scheduled to take place at night to minimize disruptions to local traffic.
  • Caisson drilling at future Trillium Line rail bridges
    • Caisson drilling is a method of creating structural foundations where boreholes are drilled and filled with concrete/reinforcing materials. These weight-bearing concrete columns (perhaps supplemented by steel cages or other reinforcements) can reach all the way down to the bedrock, providing for a much more stable base for large structures.
    • Caisson drilling is anticipated to begin later this summer in the following locations where new rail bridges will be constructed:
      • Airport Parkway
      • Uplands Drive
      • Lester Road
      • Leitrim Road
    • Crews have commenced construction of crane pads at all of the above locations to support upcoming drilling activities.
  • Crews have started to remove topsoil and lay gravel between Uplands Drive and the main Trillium Line. Excess soil is being trucked to the Bowesville/Earl Armstrong laydown site and stockpiled for future use. Once complete, crews will commence topsoil removal activities between Uplands Drive and Airport Station.
  • Noise and Vibration monitoring
    • Baseline noise and vibration monitoring is underway at properties near the Trillium Line alignment to ensure that construction and rail activities comply with applicable regulations and requirements.

O-Train Confederation Line East Extension

  • Borehole drilling is currently underway along OR 174 between Blair Road & Trim Road (night work).
  • 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.
  • East day-to-day work yard set up (Montreal Road and OR 174)
    • Crews have completed the installation of the granular pad and fencing.
    • Utility work and site servicing to follow.
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line East construction activities support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-today yard.

O-Train Confederation Line West Extension

  • Borehole drilling is currently underway in the following locations:
    • Lincoln Fields Station
    • Between Pinecrest Station & Connaught Tunnel
    • Bayshore Station
    • Lincoln Fields Tunnel Portal
    • West of Moodie Station 
  • Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway Cut and Cover Tunnel Preparatory Works
    • The Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway is shifting north to accommodate the space required to construct a cut-and-cover tunnel between Dominion Station and Cleary Avenue.
    • Crews have commenced preparatory activities to realign the SJAM by installing signage, fencing and temporary concrete barriers. 
    • Topsoil removal is underway. 
    • Roadworks are anticipated to begin in areas where topsoil removal has been completed.
    • Off-peak lane reductions between Dominion Avenue and Cleary Avenue are anticipated to occur until late October. Eastbound and Westbound traffic will be maintained at all times.
    • The City of Ottawa continues to coordinate with the NCC’s Public Affairs Office to provide appropriate public notification (signage, resident notices, web updates, etc.) 
  • West day-to-day work yard set up
    • Work has commenced to construct granular pad near Baseline Road and Navaho Drive/Transitway to support temporary modular trailer complex, parking spaces and a day-to-day yard. 
    • This site will be used for the coordination of Confederation Line West construction activities.
  • Building demolition
    • 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). 
  • Rochester Field Archeological Investigation 
    • In coordination with the NCC and local indigenous stakeholders, EWC is performing an archeological investigation at Rochester Fields. 
    • Once complete, work will commence to transition this location to a laydown area.
  • 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