Archive for the ‘Roads’ Category

Reburial Plan, Ceremony For Queen St. Bones

- June 12th, 2014

To be honest, I didn’t know the bones were actually still lodged in Queen St. until now. Deputy city manager Nancy Schepers sent this update to council tonight to shed some light on the work that has been going on since the remains turned up last September.

Memo Queen St Burial Site June12 2014

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City’s Lawsuit Against Genivar

- June 4th, 2014

Here is the statement of claim filed yesterday by the city against Genivar (now WSP Canada) over the Airport Pkwy. bridge mess-up.

City Lawsuit vs Genivar June 3 2014

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Refreshed Holmes Motion On Albert St. Bus Issue

- May 7th, 2014

This was tabled instead of the one below:

City Council, Standing Committee and Commission
Conseil, comités permanents et commission

Committee / Commission: Transportation Committee
Comité / Commission : Comité des transports
OR / OU

Report / Agenda: 39
Rapport / Ordre du jour: 39

Item / Article: IPD A

Moved by / Motion de: Councillor P. Clark

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Transportation Committee ask the Chair of the Transit Commission to request that OC Transpo staff be asked to present the results of their on-going review all the suggestions for bus reductions along the Scott/Albert Detour route with the express goal of refining the routes to reduce bus numbers based on service demand as part of the Community Open Houses for the final detour design in June; and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Transportation Committee recommend that Council approve the following supplementary measures to improve pedestrian and cycling safety along the Albert/Scott Street detour:
1. That the Rideau Transit Group be instructed to include a multi-use pathway along the south side of Albert between Bayview and the O-Train within the existing budget, and inform FEDCO and Council if there are any technical or financial reasons that would stop this from happening; and
2. That staff be directed to remove the bus lanes that are being used for the detour immediately after the LRT begins providing service.

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School Bus Camera Pilot Project

- May 7th, 2014

The city is starting a pilot project on school bus safety by mounting a video camera on the side of one bus in Orléans to catch people driving past he bus-mounted stop signs. Here is the presentation delivered to the transportation committee today.

(There is one slide with a black box where a video played on the presentation, but not included in this PDF).

TRC Presentation – School Bus Cam – GMO Approved (Video)

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The Albert St. Bus Diversion Controversy

- May 7th, 2014

You might be aware a bit of a controversy has been brewing along Albert St. about the number of buses projected to be diverted off the Transitway when the bus-only road is converted to rail next year or in 2016.

Somerset Coun. Diane Holmes has been successful getting a safety report on the agenda for today’s transportation committee meeting (it was previously listed simply as information previously distributed).

Here is the motion she’s bringing to the committee:

City Council, Standing Committee and Commission
Conseil, comités permanents et commission

Committee / Commission: Transportation Committee
Comité / Commission : Comité des transports
OR / OU
Report / Agenda:
Rapport / Ordre du jour:

Item / Article:

Re: West Transitway Detour Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety Review

Moved by / Motion de:
Seconded by / Appuyée par: A seconder is required at Council and Committee of the Whole but not at Standing Committee or Commission. / Un appuyeur doit siéger au Conseil et au comité plénier, mais pas au comité permanent ou au commission.

WHEREAS in 2009 the Dalhousie Community Association, other community groups and the Somerset Ward Councillor rejected the proposal to move all Transitway buses to Scott and Albert Streets during light rail construction;

AND WHEREAS in 2010 the previous Council passed the following motion:

* Approve that bus service to the east of Tunney’s Pasture utilize the Ottawa River Parkway as much as possible during the construction of the DOTT;
* That bus service along Albert Street (particularly between Bayview and Booth) be minimized to the greatest degree possible, while still providing off-peak service to nearby residents; and,
* That during the development of the detailed plan for transit service for the DOTT construction period, measures are implemented to minimize the impact to the residential neighbourhoods abutting Scott and Albert Streets.

AND WHEREAS in 2011 City staff commissioned a study of the West Transitway detour without the involvement of the Somerset Ward Councillor or the affected communities;

AND WHEREAS in 2011 City staff gave the resulting report, Transit Construction Detours for the West End, which recommends diverting all of the Transitway buses to Albert and Scott Streets during light rail construction, to the three short-listed consortia bidding on the light rail project, but not to the Somerset Ward Councillor or the affected communities;

AND WHEREAS the Request for Proposal and Project Agreement for the light rail project placed no restrictions on the number of Transitway buses that could be diverted to Albert and Scott Streets;

AND WHEREAS the winning consortium, Rideau Transit Group, plans to divert all Transitway buses to Albert and Scott Streets for 2.5 years during light rail construction;

AND WHEREAS the affected communities have expressed concern about the effects of the diversion of all Transitway buses on their health and safety;

AND WHEREAS the affected communities have presented a number of options for reducing the number of buses operating on Albert and Scott Streets during light rail construction, which are currently being analysed by OC Transpo;

AND WHEREAS the Bytown Engineering safety audit identified the need to widen the north side multi-use pathway on Albert Street from City Centre Avenue to Empress Avenue to provide a buffer zone for snow storage, wind gust effects from buses, and water spray;

AND WHEREAS a buffer zone for snow storage, wind gust effects from buses, and water spray is equally if not more necessary between the narrow sidewalk on the south side of Albert and the bus lane;

AND WHEREAS Rideau Transit Group’s Assessment of Walking and Cycling in the Scott-Albert Corridor states that there is value in creating a buffer between the south sidewalk and the bus lane during the detour;

AND WHEREAS a Pedestrian Safety Audit of Albert Street conducted by Intus Road Safety Engineering Inc. in November 2012 found that current conditions on Albert Street are such that “pedestrians on the south sidewalk are at an increased risk of being struck by errant motor vehicles because the 150mm barrier curb has been almost eliminated in some places by a combination of settlement and asphalt overlays”;

AND WHEREAS Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE) and local residents recently conducted a safety audit of the proposed multi-use pathway to the north of Bayview Station, which is proposed as an alternative to the narrow sidewalks of the Albert Street bridge, and found that the proposed north multi-use pathway will put the personal safety of users at risk due to the isolated location;

AND WHEREAS there is a complete street design for Albert Street post LRT commissioning;

BE IT RESOLVED that the number of buses operating on Albert and Scott Streets during light rail construction be reduced based on OC Transpo’s analysis of options;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that the following changes be made to the design of Albert Street during light rail construction:
* that a minimum of 1 metre be provided between the bus lane and the sidewalk on the south side of Albert Street from City Centre Avenue to Empress Avenue to provide a buffer zone, in addition to the existing buffer between Booth Street and Empress Avenue, for snow storage, wind gust effects from buses, and water spray, and that a guardrail be installed between the curb and the bus lane from Bayview to Empress; and
* that a multi-use pathway running along the south side of Albert between Bayview Road and City Centre Avenue be constructed as an alternative to the Albert Street bridge;

AND FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED that, post LRT commissioning, construction begin on the
new Albert Street complete street design as soon as possible and, in the interim, the additional travel lanes be taken out of service.

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