(PHOTO: Artist’s rendering of the Rideau LRT station downtown. Via City of Ottawa.)
It occurred to me on the drive home from Monday night’s LRT open house that we just spent a lot of time and money on consultants to tell us that the best route for LRT is along the Queensway, like we’ve been planning all along.
Still, consultants and planners will spend the next few months evaluating three options (down from 13 shortlisted routes) for the potential future Kanata-Stittsville LRT extension, from Moodie Drive to Palladium. Continue reading →
The City of Ottawa is hosting an open house on Monday, June 5 on the Kanata/Stittsville Light Rail Transit Environmental Assessment (EA) Study. The meeting will be held from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Kanata Recreation Complex Hall (100 Charlie Rogers Way). A formal presentation will happen at 6:30pm. Continue reading →
Ottawa is using Alstom Citadis Spirits as its light rail vehicle on the Confederation Line. There are 34 cars in the fleet and 17 trains will run on the line.
They will come about every five minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes after midnight. They will run from 5 a.m. until 1 a.m. Mondays to Thursdays, then until 2 a.m. on Friday, from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday and holidays.
The trains usually will consist of two Citadis Spirit cars, but they are modular meaning more can be added to meet demand. At peak periods, a train will carry up to 600 passengers. The shorter 48 metre length has a nominal capacity of 300.
Which one is the O-Train and which buses are being renumbered?
Right now, the only O-Train is the Trillium Line, which runs for eight kilometres north to south between Bayview and Greenboro.
After stage two LRT is finished and the Confederation Line opens, the term “O-Train” will refer broadly to both light rail lines. To differentiate them, the lines have unique names as well as numbers — Confederation is line one.
What happens to the O-Train Trillium Line in 2018?
Not much is changing for now. It will continue to be served by six Alstom Coradia Lint trains, which have a capacity of 260 passengers each.
They run about (emphasis on about) every 12 minutes on weekdays and every 12 to 15 minutes on weekends. The Trillium Line’s schedule is adjusted seasonally and it’s not clear if the Confederation Line also will.
Most of the focus has been on east and west expansions to the Confederation Line, but a future phase from 2018-2023 will also expand the Trillium Line 11 kilometres further south from Greenboro to Bowesville.
There will also be a three-kilometre leg to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
The line will close in spring 2020 to accommodate the work and will reopen into 2021.
How are buses changing?
OC Transpo already rolled out most of its bus changes at the beginning of 2017, renaming express routes to connexion. Now, most buses will have a connection to a nearby LRT station. Some buses will be renumbered on April 23.
How much faster is LRT?
OC Transpo says a trip from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair will reliably whisk you across in 25 minutes, allowing you to sidestep weather and traffic. OC Transpo did not provide an estimate for how long it currently takes by bus, either under the worst or best conditions.
How does boarding/transferring work?
Train stations will have fare gates (the Trillium Line will have them installed this summer) where passengers scan their Presto card or transfer barcode.
Greenboro, Bayview, Hurdman, Blair and Tunney’s Pasture stations will have fair-paid zones and buses will stop near the tracks, so you can get off the train and onto the bus right away (or vice-versa.)
In stations without fair-paid areas, you will have to go through a fare gate to get onto the train or tap your pass when boarding a bus.
Can I take my bike on the train?
You can wheel your bike on the train, but details on special rules are still up in the air.
LRT OPEN HOUSES
Watch for a open house events in June and November for updates on plans to extend light rail transit west past Moodie Drive towards Kanata and Stittsville. Kanata North Councillor Marianne Wilkinson shared the news in a newsletter update: “An evaluation of alternative corridors and selection of a preferred corridor and station locations will be discussed… on the technically preferred plan, which will go to Transportation Committee and Council for approval in March 2018. Construction of this section cannot occur until after the LRT reaches Moodie in 2023 and a funding source is obtained.”Continue reading →
Let’s take out the crystal ball and look ahead at what 2017 may have in store for Stittsville…
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE
Earlier this year we should hear from the Ottawa Senators about what they have in mind for Canadian Tire Centre once the Sens leave for Lebreton Flats. Last year, team owner Eugene Melnykteased that the development would be an “entertainment-driven” transformation. Whatever it is, any change will have a major impact on Stittsville and Kanata for jobs, transportation and economic development. Continue reading →
A large group of politicians showed up at the Terry Fox transit station today for what was billed as “an important announcement regarding Ottawa’s future transit options”. The announcement turned out to be about launching a study to look at extending light rail from Bayshore to Kanata sooner than planned.
The City and federal government will split a tab of at least $2-million for the Environmental Assessment (EA) study, which will take a couple years to complete. Continue reading →
No more express fares, and a transfer from bus to train at Tunney’s Pasture if you’re heading downtown. Those are two of the biggest changes in the next few years as OC Transpo’s light rail system leaves the station in 2018. Continue reading →
FAIRWINDS MERCHANTS PLAN BBQ FUNDRAISER FOR FORT MCMURRAY On Thursday, May 26 at noon, Food Basics, Dollar Tree and The Grounds Café will be hosting a free BBQ. Food Basics will provide the burgers and hot dogs, Dollar Tree will provide condiments, plates, cutlery and cups and The Grounds will serve coffee. Continue reading →
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 →
Councillor Shad Qadri says he fully supports a motion put forward by fellow councillor Allan Hubley to look at extending light rail transit past Bayshore before 2031.
Under the city’s current transportation master plan (TMP), light rail transit (LRT) for areas west of Bayshore like Kanata and Stittsville isn’t under consideration until after 2031.
Hubley’s motion, presented at Monday’s FEDCO (Finance and Economic Development Committee) meeting at City Hall, asks staff to at least study the cost and feasibility of extending LRT to the west end prior to 2031.
“We are in the fastest growing part of the City and it only makes sense to be included in the discussion,” wrote Qadri in an email to StittsvilleCentral.ca. “Especially when you consider that we house one of the largest tenants in the City, the Canadian Tire Center. Having LRT sooner may encourage the CTC to stay where it is.”
“I think there could be significant savings found from what we’ve done to date that will help move this forward. As we heard today from the airport there’s partners out there that want to work with us on this,” said Hubley in an interview on CFRA.
(Ottawa airport officials indicated this week they may be able to help fund an LRT extension that would serve the facility.)
“Many of this around this council table have a vision of mass transit across the city, Orleans to Kanata, all the way south,” said Hubley.
“In his remarks of thanks and closing to committee yesterday Councillor Hubley recognized and confirmed our focus and partnership as west end councillors in our joint efforts on both the Transit and Transportation committee to improve transportation for our communities going forward,” wrote Qadri.
Hubley’s motion was approved unanimously by FEDCO members, and will be considered by city council next week.