The City’s Transportation Committee today approved its Draft Operating and Capital Budget for 2018, which includes $276.2 million in operating expenses and $217.7 million in capital funding related to transportation.
While there is funding for other transportation infrastructure, the majority of capital spending would go towards integrated roads, water and wastewater work. Big projects for 2018 include resurfacing roads, which would get $39 million, and the Kanata South Link, which would get $24 million.
The winter operations budget would increase by $2.3 million over the 2017 budget, for a total of $68.3 million. This increase would support all modes of travel and would expand the winter cycling network to include the O’Connor Street and Main Street bike lanes.
As of April 1, 2018, residential on-street parking permit fees would increase by between 1.9 and 3.3 per cent. The annual fee for the on-street parking permit would increase to $660. The monthly fee would increase to $31 for summer months (April to November) and to $143 for winter months (December to March).
To improve connectivity between cycling infrastructure and transit, the Committee adopted a motion to direct $30,000 from within the existing budget to place 50 ring and post bike parking spaces at high-priority bus stops. The motion also delegated authority to staff to work with Velocity Media to explore additional spaces.
The Committee also received a business case from Fleet Services, justifying bringing some maintenance work back in-house. This would save the City $100,000 in 2018.
Items approved at today’s Transportation Committee will go to City Council on Wednesday, December 13.