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Trillium Line Spur Line Connection to the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport

Extending rail transit service to the Airport has been envisioned in both Airport plans and municipal transit plans for some time, as a means of providing a fast, comfortable connection between the Airport and the downtown core for visitors and residents alike. A separate branch line to the Airport was identified in the 2006 N-S LRT EA. Additionally, transportation studies prepared by the Airport Authority have identified significant delays for vehicle trips to and from the Airport at peak periods, due to a limited number of road access points and high levels of congestion on arterial roads in the area.

Following the City's Economic Development Strategy Implementation Plan (2011), the City and the Airport developed a Shared Vision for Economic Development that was adopted by Council in 2012. This vision identifies several objectives that can be furthered by implementing high-quality rapid transit service to the Airport, including stimulating domestic and international business in Ottawa, attracting major events and conventions, and strategically developing employment lands to complement the City's existing employment land base.

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Notice of Completion Trillium Line Extension Environmental Project Report Addendum

Background

In accordance with Ontario Regulation 231/08, the City of Ottawa conducted an Addendum to the Planning and Environmental Assessment Study for Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Trillium Line Extension. Since the approval of the Environmental Project Report (EPR) in January 2016, further discussions have taken place and preliminary design changes have occurred. These changes are related to the following areas:

  • Ellwood Diamond
  • Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF)
  • Bowesville Station and Park and Ride
  • Limebank Extension and Station

Study Area

Notice of Completion Trillium Line Extension Study Area
Notice of Completion Trillium Line Extension Environmental Project Report Addendum Study Area

Proposed Design Changes

  • Ellwood Diamond Grade Separated Crossing:  The existing Trillium Line between Greenboro Station and Mooney’s Bay Station crosses a VIA single track alignment at-grade at a location known as Ellwood Diamond. A grade-separated LRT alignment is being recommended at the VIA alignment before connecting to the existing Mooney’s Bay Station.
  • Walkley Yard Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF): It was determined that the construction of a MSF on City owned land, west of Albion Road, would be preferred to renovating and expanding the existing Trillium Line Walkley Yard MSF. The analysis suggests that when property acquisition, potential remediation activities, and retrofitting required at the current Walkley Yard facility are factored in, the alternative site west of Albion Road would be less costly and provide the most opportunity for an innovative and efficient MSF design.
  • Bowesville Station and Park and Ride: A new alignment will move the current Bowesville Station to the edge of the urban boundary just southeast of the intersection of Earl Armstrong Road and Bowesville Road. The new Earl Armstrong/Bowesville Station will be an at-grade station with a Park and Ride. A bus loop and layup area will be located at the east end of the station. This new alignment will take advantage of an existing rail corridor and reduce the environmental impact on sensitive lands further north.
  • Limebank Extension and Station: In September 2017, Council approved the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project and Procurement Update Report, which added into the procurement scope the possibility of a further extension of the Trillium Line from Bowesville Station to Limebank Road. This allows LRT to be better integrated with the community of Riverside South as it grows. The Limebank Extension will add approximately three kilometres of rail and an additional station west of Limebank Road.

Process

An addendum to the Environmental Project Report for Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Trillium Line Extension has been prepared and is now available for a 30-day review period starting September 10, 2018 at the following locations:

  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch, 135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor, Toronto, ON M4V 1P4, Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Ottawa District, 103-2430 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1H 1E1
  • Ottawa City Hall Information Desk, 110 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 1J1  
  • Greenboro Library Branch, 363 Lorry Greenburg Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1T 3P8

The Environmental Project Report Addendum can be found below:

Interested persons are encouraged to review this document and provide comments by October 10, 2018 to the project contact listed below:

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Attention: Jennie Weller

Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch

135 St. Clair Avenue West, 1st Floor, Toronto, ON M4V 1P4

Tel: 416-314-7232

Toll-free: 1-800-461-6290

Email: jennie.weller@ontario.ca

There are circumstances where the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has the authority to require further consideration of the change to the transit project, or impose conditions on it. These include if the Minister is of the opinion that:

  • The change to 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 change to 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 change to the transit project that he or she may receive within 30 days after the Notice of Environmental Project Report Addendum is first published. If you have discussed your issues with the proponent and you object to the identified change to the project, you can provide a written submission to the Minister of the Environment no later than October 10, 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.

If not already provided, a copy of the objection will be forwarded to the proponent by the Ministry:  All personal information included in a submission – such as name, address, telephone number and property location – is collected, maintained and disclosed by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) for the purpose of transparency and consultation. The information is collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act or is collected and maintained for the purpose of creating a record that is available to the general public as described in section 37 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information you submit will become part of a public record that is available to the general public unless you request that your personal information remain confidential. For more information, please contact The City of Ottawa (contact information above) or the MECP Freedom of Information and Privacy Coordinator at 416-212-8912.

This notice was first published on September 10, 2018.

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