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Cumberland Transitway - Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road

Project Status: 
Planned

Project Overview

Project Overview

The City of Ottawa has initiated the pre-consultation/initial planning process for the Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the proposed Cumberland Transitway Extension. This Information Bulletin has been prepared to provide an update on the work completed to date on the Preliminary and Detailed Design and Environmental Assessment process for the Cumberland Transitway Extension from Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road.

Project Background

The Cumberland Transitway was planned to address the on-going development needs within the East Urban Community. The Environmental Assessment for the Cumberland Transitway was approved by the Minister of the Environment in 2000 and established the Transitway corridor between the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass and Trim Road. The Millennium Sports Park and a new French Public High School have since been located immediately east of Trim Road and are beyond the extent of the original Transitway EA. A proposed extension of the Cumberland Transitway from Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road needs to be considered in order that the school and sports park can be carefully planned and integrated with the transit system.

A design review was conducted in 2004 to maximize the Transitway integration with the Millennium Sports Park and future potential residential development. Consultation was undertaken with directly affected landowners at that time. Additional EA approval is required for the extension of the Transitway between Trim Road and Frank Kenny Road as illustrated below.

Study area map

Environmental Assessment Requirements

To complete the environmental assessment for the extension, the project will follow the provincial Transit Project Assessment Process as set out in Ontario Regulation 231/08 – Transit Project Regulation. This regulation provides a framework for focused consultation and the assessment of potential environmental effects and decision-making to be completed within a regulated six-month timeframe.

Consultation

In May 2010, the Cumberland Transitway Extension was presented to the public at an Open House and included an overview of existing conditions, presented the evaluation of alternative alignments and the preliminary preferred design.

The project also benefits from a Technical Advisory Committee, Public Advisory Committee, and Agency Stakeholders that provide guidance and support through the planning and design processes.

Preliminary Design Update

Since the open house in May, the project team has been refining the preferred alignment which has been summarized in a preliminary design report. The preliminary design relies on both rural and urban cross-sections in the approach and station areas, respectively, and recommends a grade-separated crossing of Trim Road. A grade-separated solution in lieu of an at-grade solution has been recommended based on the following rationale:

  • the design is consistent with the major arterial function of Trim Road as it minimizes the number of intersections;
  • can accommodate development scenarios within the Transportation Master Plan horizon to 2031;
  • property requirements can be acquired concurrently with future development proposals within the area;
  • Longer lifecycle can accommodate transit system retrofits beyond the year 2031; and
  • Optimizes long term safety of Trim Road operation between Millennium Drive and Montmere Avenue.

Some refinements during the preliminary design process have included:

  • Inclusion of a 3.0 m parallel multi-use pathway located to the north of the Transitway alignment east of Trim Road crossing under the Trim Road overpass;
  • Details for Millennium and Frank Kenny Stations;
  • Preliminary designs for the Transitway underpass structure to cross Trim Road; and
  • A drainage solution for both urban (Millennium/Trim) and rural sections of the Transitway.

The preliminary design report can be viewed by following the link provided or by contacting the City Project Manager. Preliminary design drawings are included.

Schedule and Next Steps

A public open house will be scheduled for spring 2011 at which time the impact assessment of the preferred design will be presented for public comments. An Environmental Project Report (EPR) will be completed and made available for review following this open house.

Questions or Comments

Andy Smith, P. Eng. 
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction – Municipal (East) Branch
City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor West
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8
E-mail: andy.smith@ottawa.ca
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 15867
Fax: 613-560-6064

Map with air photo

Typical Cross Section

CROSS-SECTION – LOOKING EAST

CROSS-SECTION – LOOKING WEST

Millenium Station

Notice of Commencement of Transit Project Assessment Process and Public Open House - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Beatrice Desloges High School
1999 Provence Avenue
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Key Plan map showing projects limits.

The Project

The Cumberland Transitway was planned to address the on-going development needs within the East Urban Community.  The Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Cumberland Transitway was approved by the Minister of the Environment in 2000 and established the Transitway corridor between the Blackburn Hamlet Bypass and Trim Road.  The Millennium Sports Park and a new French Public High School have since been located immediately east of Trim Road and are beyond the extent of the original Transitway EA.  A proposed extension of the Cumberland Transitway from Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road needs to be considered in order that the school and sports park can be carefully planned and integrated with the transit system.

A design review was conducted in 2004 to maximize the Transitway integration with the Millennium Sports Park and future potential residential development.  Consultation was undertaken with directly affected landowners at that time.  Additional EA approval is now required for the extension of the Transitway between Trim Road and Frank Kenny Road.

Process

The environmental impacts of this transit project will be assessed according to the transit project assessment process as prescribed in Ontario Regulation 231/08, Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertakings.  As part of the transit project assessment process, an Environmental Project Report is being prepared. 

Consultation

Members of the public, agencies and other interested persons are encouraged to participate actively in the transit project assessment process by attending consultation opportunities or contacting staff directly with information, comments or questions.

This Public Open House has been scheduled to present the study findings, the potential environmental effects, and the proposed mitigation measures, as well as to provide the public an opportunity to discuss the proposed project with the Study Team.

Under 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 files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

If you would like more information or to be added to the project mailing list please contact:

Andy Smith, P. Eng. 
Infrastructure Services Department
Design and Construction – Municipal (East) Branch
City of Ottawa, 100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor West
Tel.: 613-580-2424 ext. 15867
Fax: 613-560-6064

Open House Display boards - June 2010

Welcome

Welcome to the first meeting for the proposed Cumberland Transitway Extension-Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road Environmental Assessment.

Tonight we are asking for your comments on the Preliminary Preferred Alternative Solution.

Representatives from the City of Ottawa and the Consulting Team are here to discuss the proposed project and answer your questions.

Welcome

Welcome - PDF version [1,28 MB]

Project Background

The planning for the proposed Cumberland Transitway Environmental Assessment (EA) from Navan Road to Trim Road was initiated in 1995. An Environmental Assessment Study was completed in 1999 and approved by the Minister of the Environment on May 18, 2000.

The project was based on the need to:

  • solve a projected future transportation problem; and
  • take advantage of an existing opportunity (land availability) that would cease to exist in upcoming years due to the development pressures of the area.

A design review was conducted in 2004 to maximize transitway integration with the Millennium Sports Park and future residential development. Consultation was undertaken with directly affected landowners. Additional EA approval is required for the extension of the Transitway between Trim Road and Frank Kenny Road.

To complete the EA requirements for the extension, the project will follow the provincial Transit Project Assessment Process as set out in Ontario Regulation 231/08 - ‘Transit Project Regulation’. This regulation provides a framework for focused consultation and the assessment of potential environmental effects and decision-making to be completed within a regulated six-month timeframe.

Project Background

Project Background - PDF version [923 KB]

Environmental Assessment Process

Environmental Assessment Process

Environmental Assessment Process - PDF version [1,78 MB]

Consultation

This project has two distinct public consultation goals. The first will be in support of the EA requirements for the proposed extension of the Cumberland Transitway to Frank Kenny Road. The second is to keep stakeholders informed of the detailed design for the Transitway east of Tenth Line Road.

Ongoing and effective consultation and communication will play a key role throughout the study.

As part of the consultation program, two formal committees were established:

  • Technical Advisory Group
  • Public Consultation Group

Individuals and organizations will also have ongoing opportunities to participate in the planning process.

Consultation

Consultation - PDF version [910 KB]

Design Objectives and Criteria

The basic elements and features of the transitway system were investigated prior to development of alignments. The long term planning objectives of the city were taken into account and the future location of major activity centres, specifically residential or commercial development and the Millenium Sports Park that would complement the inclusion of the transitway beyond Trim Road.

The objectives of the Cumberland Transitway remain as stated in the 1999 EA report as follows:

  • service both existing and future foreseeable development patterns and provide a high level of overall service;
  • have minimal adverse effects on the existing communities and natural features within the corridor under consideration;
  • incorporate geometric standards outlined in the Transitway Design Manual for efficient, comfortable and safe operation;
  • have maximum flexibility with respect to the incorporation of station features including park and ride, drop and ride, transit ramp access and pedestrian access; and
  • be compatible with proposed area stormwater management plans, subdivision plans, and future infrastructure.

The functional requirements of the transit station and how it interfaces with the surrounding community are crucial factors in the overall facility planning.

Design Objectives and Criteria

Design Objectives and Criteria - PDF version [1,02 MB]

Social Environment

Social Environment

Social Environment - PDF version [1,14 MB]

Social Evironment

Social Environment - PDF version [6,43 MB]

Biophysical Environment

Biophysical Environment

Biophysical Environment - PDF version [1,33 MB]

Millennium Park and Ride Facility and Sports Park

The Millennium Park and Ride design assignment is being undertaken by the City of Ottawa to address the high demand for transit Park and Ride facilities in the East Urban Community, as well as to provide the commuting public with improved options for accessing high quality, high frequency transit services. The Park and Ride lot is intended to serve as a shared facility between transit and Millennium Sports Park users.

Millennium Park and Ride Facility and Sports Park

Millennium Park and Ride Facility and Sports Park - PDF version [ 1,14 MB]

Trim Road Widening

The City has also completed the Detailed Design for the widening from Innes Road to Blackburn Hamlet Bypass Extension. Construction of the first phase, from Innes Road to Montmere Avenue, is anticipated to begin in the summer 2010.

Trim Road Widening

Trim Road Widening - PDF version [634 KB]

Alternative Alignments

Four alternative alignments which extend east from Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road were developed as part of the design review process.

Alternative Alignments

Alternative Alignments - PDF version 1 [454 KB]

Alternative Alignments

Alternative Alignments - PDF version 2 [370KB]

Evaluation Criteria

The table below list the criteria, rationale and indicators developed in consultation with a technical advisory committee an public advisory committee for the original EA that are applicable to this section of the transitway.

Evaluation Process and Criteria

Evaluation Criteria - PDF version 1 [1,30 MB]

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria - PDF version 2 [2,21 MB]

Evaluation of Alternatives

The evaluation ranked each alternative, from highest to lowest for each of the criteria. Potential effects were predicted and mitigation measures were identified to reduce the adverse effects. The extent of the effect determined the rank assigned to the alternative.

The evaluation results are tabulated below.

Alternative 4 ranked highest amongst three of the criteria groups but had the highest costs. Overall the relative costs for all four alternatives was similar with Alternative 4 having somewhat higher capital construction costs related to a slightly longer overall length and an angled crossing of Trim Road.

Evaluation of Alternatives

Evaluation of Alternatives - PDF version [716 KB]

Preferred Design

The preferred design for the proposed transitway extension from Trim Road to Frank Kenny Road is Alternative 4.

The alternative demonstrates the balance between municipal recreational development and the considerations of area residents. The alignment at Trim Road is shifted slightly to the south to allow for some protection of the woodlot located within and adjacent to proposed sports field development as well as drainage functions.

Preferred Design

Preferred Design - PDF version [758 KB]

Implementation

As part of the implementation plan both at-grade and grade-separated alternatives are being considered.

  • An at-grade solution is operationally feasible within the study horizon year to 2031.
  • The at-grade design will include some components required for an ultimate grade-separated solution (i.e. sewer infrastructure).
  • The design will have flexibility to implement a grade-separated solution when required.

Implementation

Implementation - PDF version [1,02 MB]

Next Steps

Following this Public Open House:

  • Your comments will be reviewed with the comments received from the two consultation groups (Technical and Public Advisory).
  • The preferred alternative will be confirmed and an impact assessment will be completed and presented at a second open house scheduled for November 2010.
  • Information about the project will continue to be updated and posted on the city’s website.

Next Steps

Next Steps - PDF version [773 KB]

Thank you for your input

Notice of completion of environmental project report

The project

The City of Ottawa has completed an Environmental Project Report (EPR) in accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08 for the extension of the Cumberland Transitway which will include a segregated busway between Trim Road and Frank Kenny Road.  The project will serve to improve transit service in the Orléans area. Study information, including pre-planning efforts, is available at ottawa.ca.

Key Plan map showing projects limits.

The process

The environmental impact of this transit project was assessed and an EPR was 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 is available for a 30-day review period beginning September 26, 2013 at the following locations:

Ministry of the Environment:
Environmental Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Avenue West, Floor 12A
Toronto, ON, M4V 1L5

Eastern Region Office
1259 Gardiners Road
Kingston, ON, K7M 8S5

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

City of Ottawa
Orléans Client Service Centre
255 Centrum Blvd
Ottawa, ON, K1E 3V8

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

Cumberland Branch
1599 Tenth Line Road
Ottawa, ON, K1E 3E8

There are circumstances where the Minister of the Environment has the authority to require further consideration of the transit project, or impose conditions on it.  These include if the Minister is of the opinion that the transit project may have a negative impact on:

  • Matters of provincial importance that relate to the natural environment or has cultural heritage value or interest or
  • 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 EPR 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 no later than October 28, 2013 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.

The Honourable Jim Bradley
Minister of the Environment
77 Wellesley Street West
11th Floor, Ferguson Block, Toronto, ON, M7A 2T5
Fax: 416-314-7337
E-mail: minister.moe@ontario.ca

Although not required, a copy of the objection is requested to be forwarded to the Director and project contacts listed below.

Further information on this Transit Project Assessment Process is available by contacting either of the following:

Ms. Agatha Garcia-Wright
Director - Environmental Approvals Branch
Ministry of the Environment
2 St. Clair Avenue West, 14th Floor
Toronto, ON, M4V 1L5
Phone: 416-314-7288
E-mail: Agatha.Garciawright@ontario.ca

Mr. Brian Wadden, P.Eng. Senior Project Manager
City of Ottawa
100 Constellation Crescent, 6th Floor
Ottawa, ON, K2G 6J8
Phone: 613-580-2424 Ext. 21738
Fax: 613-560-6064
E-mail: brian.wadden@ottawa.ca

Under 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 files for this matter and will be released, if requested, to any person.

Effective date of notice: September 26, 2013