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Merivale Road (Baseline Road to Carling Avenue) Transit Priority Environmental Assessment Study

Merivale Road (Baseline Road to Carling Avenue) Transit Priority Environmental Assessment Study

The City of Ottawa has initiated the Merivale Road (Carling Avenue to Baseline Road) Transit Priority Measures Study which has been identified in the City’s 2013 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) as a Transit Priority Corridor.

The TMP and the supporting documentation, describes the project as follows:

  • Peak period bus lanes (peak direction only) and transit signal priority between Carling Avenue and Baseline Road (achieved by reallocating existing traffic lanes).
  • Transit signal priority and exclusive bus lanes will help to minimize delays for OC Transpo routes 14, 151 and 176 along this increasingly congested corridor.

The Transit Priority Measures Study will be carried out in accordance with the requirements for a Schedule ‘A+’ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, as amended 2007, 2011 and 2015) document.

Project Objectives

  • Establish the preferred type of transit priority measures
  • Identify potential impacts to other travel modes
  • Complete functional design for the transit priority measures

Existing Conditions

Merivale Road is classified as an arterial road and also a Main Street in the City of Ottawa Official Plan. Merivale Road between Carling Avenue and Baseline Road is approximately 2.4 km in length with major adjacent land uses being mixed residential and commercial. The road is also a Spine Route in the TMP cycling schedule.

Study Area Map [ PDF 41 KB ]

Further information on the EA Study will be posted on the project web site as it becomes available.

If you have any question regarding this study, please contact the City’s project manager.

Jabbar Siddique, P. Eng.
Sr. Project Engineer - Environmental Assessment
City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, poste 13914

Information Session 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (drop-in anytime)
Alexander Community Centre
960 Silver Street

You are invited to find out more about two studies happening in your community in 2017. The outcomes of both studies will affect how the northern end of Merivale Road will look and function in the future.

The Community Design Plan will review the current zoning of land, consider a range of economic development incentives and create a complete street design to improve walking, cycling and streetscape from Caldwell to Carling Avenue.

The Transit Priority Measures study will review ways to improve bus transit services from Baseline Road to Carling Avenue.

At the session, city staff will have information available to answer your questions on the preliminary Community Design Plan and on the preliminary recommended measures for the Transit Priority. If you are unable to attend the session, you may review the information on the city’s website and provide your comments online.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please call or email one of the project leads identified below before March 13, 2017.

Review the display boards [ PDF 12 MB ] from the March 22 information meeting and send any comments to

Need more information?

Community Design Plan
Chris Brouwer, MCIP, RPP
Senior Planner
Community Planning
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 27813

Transit Priority Measures
Jabbar Siddique, P. Eng.
Senior Project Engineer
Environmental Assessment
110 Laurier Avenue West
613-580-2424 ext. 13914