Category Archives: Transportation

WTF are PXOs? All about the city’s new pedestrian crossovers

(PHOTO: The City will be adding even more signage to roundabouts as part of their new PXO or “Pedestrian Crossover” program. The signs are up at Huntmar-Rosehill, waiting to be unveiled later this month.)

Ottawa drivers are just too polite for roundabouts.

In most jurisdictions, cars have the right of way over pedestrians at a roundabout.  But City of Ottawa studies suggest that 50-70% of vehicles are currently yielding to pedestrians as a courtesy, even though they’re not supposed to.

By the end of this month, the city will soon be lifting the veil at the Huntmar-Rosehill roundabout on what they’re calling “PXOs” or “pedestrian crossovers”.  It’s part of a bid to make roundabouts and other road crossings safer for pedestrians.  (UPDATE: The roundabout at Fernbank and Shea, as well as Robert Grant Ave. will also be converted to include PXOs.) Continue reading


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What’s happening with the Maple Grove link to Jackson Trails?

Today, the west end of Maple Grove Road is just a dead-end dumping ground for construction waste and dog poop bags. Someday, it could be a road connection to Stittsville Main Street.

It’s an idea that’s been talked about for several years, and it shows up from time to time on planning maps, but there’s no specific timeline.

It came up recently during the discussions about Minto’s Potter’s Key subdivision. Some homeowners in Jackson Trails have suggested that Maple Grove could provide a second exit from their community, although many residents don’t want it opened up just yet. Continue reading


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VIDEO: How Hydro Ottawa moved 20 poles in a day along Maple Grove

(Editor’s note: Here are some photos, text and a video shared by Hydro Ottawa, with background on Saturday’s pole-moving project on Maple Grove. Hydro Ottawa is proactively moving the poles to accomodate future road widening, currently slated for after 2013 in the City’s transportation master plan.)

Twenty-five employees, six contracting staff, 20 poles, 12 hours, one Pole Claw, one day. These are the numbers required to successfully complete hydro pole relocation on Maple Grove Road on Saturday, May 14, due to a road widening project. Continue reading


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LETTER: Hold planning staff accountable for “epic fail”

Re: Qadri and planners get rough ride over Johnwoods “proposal”

As a former political staffer to Bob Chiarelli from 1987 – 1990 and again in 1999, I have seen some great work down by bureaucrats at the provincial level and at the former Region of Ottawa-Carleton (ROC). I went out of my way to thank staff when they were of assistance to the MPP and then Regional Chair as well as helping me in my role. Continue reading


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Planning department apologizes over Johnwoods consultation

The City of Ottawa’s Planning Department has issued a 6-page document on the Johnwoods road closure, including an apology for poor communication with residents on the issue.

Councillor Shad Qadri shared the document as part of his weekly newsletter, two days after a raucous and well-attended public meeting where residents took Qadri and planners to task for not being adequately consulted on the plan. Continue reading


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Qadri and planners get rough ride over Johnwoods “proposal”

UPDATE: Planning staff apologizes over Johnwoods consultation


What we had here was a failure to communicate.

I was one of about 100 people who showed up at a public meeting tonight at Johnny Leroux Arena to hear about the city’s plans to convert the north end of Johnwoods into a linear park and bike path. Continue reading


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Business leaders ask mayor to accelerate light rail to west end

(PHOTO: “Take the O” by Payton Chung. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

West end business leaders say that Kanata’s poor transit service is hindering their ability to attract talented employees, and they’re asking the mayor to extend light rail to Kanata before 2031.

Earlier this month the Kanata North BIA sent a letter to Mayor Jim Watson, co-signed by other business associations, west end politicians, and a bevy of business executives including Sir Terence Matthews.   (There are nearly four pages of signatures attached to the end of the letter, which you can read below.) Continue reading


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UPDATE: No attempt to cover up Hazeldean bridge report, say councillors

When we published an engineering report last month on why the Hazeldean bridge failed, it was the first time Councillor Shad Qadri or Councillor Allan Hubley had ever seen the document.

Hubley, councillor for Kanata South, did not know the report on the Hazeldean bridge existed until it was made public last month on StittsvilleCentral.ca. Continue reading


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LETTER: Kids deserve to be safe from traffic on residential streets

I was hit crossing the street in Ottawa, at Richmond and Churchill in Westboro. I was between the white lines and I had the light. I made sure the car saw me (she looked at me and stopped so I began to cross). Sadly she did not register my presence, proceeded and hit the gas by accident when she realized she was going to hit me and the stroller I was pushing.
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More about what the law says on street hockey

(via Councillor Shad Qadri)

In a motion for Council consideration at its meeting of May 23, 2007, Councillor Doucet recommended that ball hockey on residential streets be permissible, as long as the free flow of traffic is maintained, and that staff consult with the public concerning what other child-friendly, community-friendly activities could be considered as acceptable public uses of city sidewalks and streets. Continue reading


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OC Transpo’s Campus Station will close and new spring schedules start April 24

(via OC Transpo)

Campus Station will close Sunday, April 24 to make way for construction of the O-Train Confederation Line coming in 2018. At the same time, OC Transpo will make spring schedule and routing adjustments. The Rack & Roll program also returns with bike racks reinstalled on more than 450 buses.

Campus Station and Transitway closure:

With the closure of Campus Station and a section of the Transitway, routing adjustments will be required, travel times and transfer points may change, and service at Lees Station will be modified.

  • A section of the Transitway will close from Laurier Avenue to Lees Station, along with the adjacent sidewalk.
  • Most bus routes will travel via Nicholas Street and Laurier Station, bypassing Campus and Lees stations.
  • Routes 95 and 98 will be modified to travel via King Edward and Laurier Avenue, plus Route 97 after 10 p.m.
  • uOttawa main campus will be served at Laurier Station and on King Edward and Laurier Avenues.
  • West-end afternoon peak period service will start at Mackenzie King Station instead of Campus Station.
  • Lees Station will remain open on the upper level, but service will be modified.

Spring service adjustments:

  • On a number of routes, the first and/or last weekday trips will be cancelled due to low ridership. Customers who travel at those times should check their schedule to see if their trip is affected.
  • Spring seasonal reductions will be made to reflect the lower ridership levels.
  • Route 9 will have a special school trip added, between Hurdman Station and De la Salle on St. Patrick, as an alternative to Route 602.
  • Route 116B will have several trips on Sundays adjusted slightly to better serve the Gurdwara Sahib Ottawa Sikh Society on Gurdwara Road and reduce walking distances for customers.
  • Route 182 will be modified in Kanata North for improved service to businesses along Terry Fox Drive.
  • Route 188 will be cancelled due to low ridership. Alternative service is available nearby on Routes 92 and 162. Park & Ride options are also available.
  • Some school routes will have trips adjusted or cancelled to better match ridership levels. Visitoctranspo.com for details.

 

2015-16 U-Pass Expires April 30 and new Summer U-Pass starts May 1

Students at Algonquin College, Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University are reminded that their 2015-16 U‑Pass expires April 30, and will not be valid as a photo ID card during the summer. From May through August, eligible students in full-time studies can get a new Summer U-Pass. Students taking a break from studies can get a Presto card ($6 plus minimum $10 load), which can be set up to pay-per-ride or to hold a monthly pass.

Real-time schedule information is available 24 hours a day, up to six days in advance, by calling 613-560-1000or texting 560560 plus the four‑digit bus stop number. Register for alerts at octranspo.com to receive news or route-specific changes or detours by e-mail or text. Standard rates apply to SMS messages. New printed timetables are now available. For more details and travel planning assistance, customers should call OC Transpo at 613-741-4390 or visit octranspo.com.


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FOR THE RECORD: Qadri on road hockey and traffic safety

A letter to residents from Councillor Shad Qadri.

Dear residents,

This week, the matter of street hockey and road safety has been hotly discussed via social media.

Please allow me to preface this week’s “Councillor’s View”: I love hockey. On quiet days in the office, you can often find me donning my Ottawa Senator’s jersey. I reflect quite warmly on my days as a youth growing up in Ottawa playing broomball and ball hockey on quiet residential streets. They were some of my best memories.
And as Chair of the Ottawa Public Board of Health, supporting healthy active lifestyles for youth is just as important to me as the policies aimed at ensuring the physical safety of children in the City of Ottawa. Continue reading


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Police warn that Garth Brooks will cause a traffic jam on Sunday

(via Ottawa Police)

The Ottawa Police Service is advising commuters to expect traffic delays in the afternoon and evening of Sunday April 3, 2016 in the area of Canadian Tire Centre (CTC) for two Garth Brooks concerts that day. Continue reading


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UPDATE: Fall-out and follow-ups from our Hazeldean bridge report

On Monday, we published a copy of a report on structural problems with the Hazeldean Road bridge, obtained via a Freedom of Information request.

The story spawned quite a bit of attention and feedback, including a follow-up article from David Reevely published on the front page of Tuesday’s Ottawa Citizen.

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CITIZEN: Hubley wants LRT to Kanata before eastern expansion

From the Ottawa Citizen today:

The city should start laying LRT tracks towards Kanata before extending rail past Place d’Orléans, according to a councillor who represents part of the western suburb.

“I’m going to have a problem going to Trim Road before going to Kanata,” Kanata South Coun. Allan Hubley said in an interview.

Hubley dismissed the idea of extending the LRT to Trim Road as simply a plan to help residents in the neighbouring municipality get into the city.

“Why wouldn’t we want to serve the taxpayers of Ottawa rather than the taxpayers of Rockland?” he said.

You can read the full article here…


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Here’s why the Hazeldean bridge sank in 2011

PHOTO: North side of the Hazeldean Bridge over the Carp River, March 2016.

OTTAWA SUN, JULY 30, 2011: “A $4-million bridge over the Carp River will take an extra month to complete after a structural problem caused it to sink this week. A Sun tipster said the project foreman ordered workers off the Hazeldean Rd. structure this week after it sank four inches when supports were taken away. Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri said city engineers confirmed to him Saturday something called a “deck deflection” took place. The deck of a bridge is the roadway portion, including the shoulders. A deflection is the displacement of a structural beam or system under load. Qadri said there was structural testing of the bridge this week, but said he heard the deflection was “a matter of centimetres, not inches.” (Link)

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LETTER: Photo radar is a common sense way to reduce speed

(This letter was written in response to comments from Councillor Shad Qadri in his March 11 newsletter to residents.)

Photo radar is just another tool to deter speeding and make our roads safer. Speeding and aggressive driving is an ongoing problem in the Fairwinds community as it is across the city. Continue reading


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