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Bayshore to Moodie Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conversion to Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA)

Project Status: 
Completed

Notice of Commencement

Transit Project Assessment Process

The Project

As part of planning for Stage 2 the Light Rail Transit (LRT) program, an opportunity has been identified to extend LRT from the current planned western terminus of the Confederation Line (Bayshore Station), approximately 2.5 km further west to Moodie Drive, with one station located east of Moodie Drive at Corkstown Road and a Light Maintenance and Storage Facility in the north-west quadrant of Moodie Drive and Corkstown Road.

The rationale for extending LRT beyond the previously identified terminus at Bayshore is to:

  • Provide an LRT station in closer proximity to a large employment node (Department of National Defence complex)
  • Support a Maintenance and Storage Facility for the operation of the Confederation Line East and West extensions in the west with optimized operational and cost benefits.

The alignment for the proposed LRT extension has been previously approved as part of the approved West Transitway Extension Bayshore Station to Moodie Drive project, and is currently under construction as a BRT facility, with revenue operation expected to commence in late 2017.  

Bayshore to Moodie Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conversion to Light Rail Transit (LRT) Study Map

The Process

Planning efforts have been completed and this project will be assessed according to the Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08. As part of the TPAP, an Environmental Project Report will be prepared by the proponent, the City of Ottawa, to document the study process, the environmental conditions, alternatives considered, the planned project, anticipated environmental impacts, appropriate mitigation and the project's consultation program.

During the Notice of Commencement phase of the environmental assessment, copies of the project studies and consultation information will be available to provide interested parties time to review and provide feedback prior to the formal 30-day public review period following the posting of the Notice of Completion.

Consultation

Interested persons are invited to review the work completed to date during the planning phase including a study summary, previous consultation efforts and reports presented to City Council which are available on the Stage 2 website. A draft Environmental Project Report is currently available on ottawa.ca.

Given the timing and the requirement to incorporate this section into the Stage 2 Request for Proposals process, it is anticipated that the City will issue the Notice of Completion in early September 2017 (which is within the maximum 120-day period in the TPAP Regulation). Notification will be provided in advance of the formal 30-day public review period. Further information on the TPAP is available at: Ontario.ca/document/guide-environmental-assessment-requirements-transit-projects

To Submit Comments

If you have project-related questions or comments, or have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in this project, please contact the Project Manager on behalf of the proponent, the City of Ottawa:

Mike Schmidt
Planner II, O-Train Planning
180 Elgin St, Suite 601
Ottawa, Ontario,   K2P 2K3
www.stage2lrt.ca
Email: stage2@ottawa.ca

Comments received will be collected under the Environmental Assessment Act and, with the exception of personal information, will become part of the public record as per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

Direct submissions to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. Unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

Notice first published on August 24, 2017.

December 14, 2017 Nepean EMC Advertisement

Please note, on December 14, 2017 an erroneous advertisement was posted in the Nepean EMC indicating that a Notice of Completion had been issued for the Bayshore to Moodie Conversion of BRT to LRT Environmental Assessment. The dates in this advertisement are incorrect and a Notice of Completion has not yet been issued.

The City of Ottawa apologies for this error. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Stage 2 office by emailing stage2@ottawa.ca.

Public Consultation - March 22, 2017

March 22, 2017
6 to 9 p.m. Presentation at 7 p.m.
Maki House Community Centre - 19 Leeming Drive

To expand access to rapid transit service and extend light rail farther west, the City is reviewing plans to extend light rail beyond Bayshore Station to Moodie Drive as part of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project. Please join us for a public consultation to discuss this project. This consultation is an opportunity for the team working on the project to hear your thoughts and answer questions.

 This public consultation will:

  • Present recommendations to convert the West Transitway Extension from a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to Light Rail Transit (LRT), review plans for grade separation at Holly Acres, enhance connectivity to light rail and explore the feasibility of having a Light Maintenance Storage Facility (LMSF) beyond Bayshore Station
  • Provide background information on the expanded bus facilities at Bayshore in the event that Bayshore is the terminus of the Confederation Line in the interim

Ward Councillors and City staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions. 

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation, please email your request to stage2@ottawa.ca before March 20, 2017.

For more information, please visit our website at www.stage2lrt.ca or email us at stage2@ottawa.ca   

Stage 2 Project Team
110 Laurier Ave West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Public Consultation - June 13, 2017

Please join the City of Ottawa to continue the discussion of converting the Bayshore to Moodie Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to LRT, the recommended location for the future Moodie LRT Station and the preferred location of a Light Maintenance and Storage Facility.

This consultation is an opportunity for the team working on the project to hear your thoughts and answer questions.

This public consultation will:

  • Present the rationale for recommendations to convert the West Transitway Extension from a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to Light Rail Transit (LRT) and review plans for grade separation at Holly Acres
  • Present the preferred location of the Moodie LRT Station and a Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) beyond Bayshore Station
  • Provide background information on the expanded bus facilities at Bayshore in the event that Bayshore is the western terminus of the Confederation Line
  • Discuss possible noise mitigation measures to be implemented

Agenda

  • 6 p.m. – Doors open: Residents will have the opportunity to view the information boards and speak to City staff about them
  • 7:10 p.m. – Presentation begins, followed by a moderated question-and-answer session
  • 9 p.m. – Session ends

Ward Councillors and City staff will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

Accessibility is an important consideration for the City of Ottawa. If you require special accommodation or for more information, please email your request to stage2@ottawa.ca

Materials

Bayshore to Moodie – PDF Public Consultation – Presentation and boards – June 13, 2017 – PDF

Notice of Completion

Transit Project Assessment Process

The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Project Report (EPR) in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08 for the Bayshore to Moodie Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conversion to Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment (EA) study.

The Project

As part of planning for Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) program, an opportunity has been identified to extend LRT from the current planned western terminus of the Confederation Line (Bayshore Station), approximately 2.5 km further west to Moodie Drive, with one station located east of Moodie Drive at Corkstown Road and a Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) in the north-west quadrant of Moodie Drive and Corkstown Road.

The rationale for extending LRT beyond the previously identified terminus at Bayshore is to:

  • Provide an LRT station in closer proximity to a large employment node (Department of National Defence complex)
  • Support a Light Maintenance and Storage Facility (LMSF) for the operation of the Confederation Line East and West extensions in the west with optimized operational and cost benefits.

The alignment for the proposed LRT extension has been previously approved as part of the approved West Transitway Extension Bayshore Station to Moodie Drive (WTEBM) project, and is currently under construction as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) facility, with revenue operation expected to commence in late 2017.  

Bayshore to Moodie Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conversion to Light Rail Transit (LRT) Study Map

The Process

The environmental impact of this transit project was assessed and an EPR has been prepared according to the Transit Project Assessment Process as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertakings. The EPR documents the entire study process, including a description of the planned project, its anticipated environmental impacts, and the project’s consultation program.

The EPR for the Bayshore to Moodie BRT conversion to LRT EA will be available for a 30-day public review period starting December 22, 2017. Please note that the Draft EPR has been available for public review on the City website during the 120 day Notice of Commencement phase, which began on August 24, 2017. The final EPR is available at the locations noted below during their regular business hours.

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Environmental Approvals Branch
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor, Toronto ON M4V 1P5

Ottawa District Office
2430 Don Reid Drive
Ottawa ON K1H 1E1

City of Ottawa
City Hall Information Desk
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1

Ottawa Public Library
Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5M2

Ottawa Public Library
Centennial Branch
3870 Old Richmond Road
Nepean, ON K2H 5C4

A digital version of the EPR is available for downloading:

Bayshore to Moodie BRT Conversion to LRT Environmental Project Report

Supporting documents:

Notice of Completion

Environmental Noise and Vibration Study

Traffic Memo

Stormwater Report - Part 1

Stormwater Report - Part 2

Consultation Report

Interested persons are encouraged to review the above documents and provide comments by January 22, 2018 to the project contacts listed below.

There are circumstances where the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change has the authority to require further consideration of the transit project, or impose conditions on it. The Minister may require further consideration or impose conditions if he is of the opinion that:

  • The transit project may have a negative impact on a matter of provincial importance that relates to the natural environment or has cultural heritage value or interest; or,
  • The transit project may have a negative impact on a constitutionally protected Aboriginal or treaty right.

Before exercising the authority referred to above, the Minister is required to consider any written objections to the transit project that he or she may receive within 30 days after the Notice of Completion of the Environmental Project Report is first published. If you have discussed your issues with the proponent and you object to the project, you can provide a written submission to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change no later than January 22, 2018 to the address provided below. All submissions must clearly indicate that an objection is being submitted and describe any negative impacts to matters of provincial importance (natural/cultural environment) or Aboriginal rights.

Attn: Yves Dagssie, PMP, Special Project Officer
Environmental Approvals Branch
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
135 St. Clair Avenue West, 7th Floor
Toronto ON M4V 1P5
General Inquiry: 416-314-7222
Toll Free: 800-461-6290
Fax: 416-314-8452
Email: Yves.Dagssie@ontario.ca

If not otherwise provided, a copy of the objection will be forwarded to the proponent by the Ministry. For further information on the proposed transit project or if you have any accessibility requirements in order to participate in this project, please contact:

Mike Schmidt
Planner II, O-Train Planning
180 Elgin St, Suite 601
Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2K3
www.stage2lrt.ca
Email: stage2@ottawa.ca

Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), personal information included in a submission to the City of Ottawa will not be disclosed to any third parties without having obtained the prior consent of the person to whom the information pertains, except when MFIPPA permits disclosure or other applicable law requires that the City disclose the personal information.

Direct submissions to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. Unless otherwise stated in the submission, any personal information such as name, address, telephone number and property location included in a submission will become part of the public record for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

Notice first published on December 22, 2017.

Statement of Completion

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) has provided notice to proceed with the construction and operation of the Moodie Light Rail Transit Extension – Bayshore Station to Moodie Drive Project.

Statement of Completion

If you have any further questions, please visit stage2lrt.ca or contact Stage2@ottawa.ca.