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Project Agreement - Confederation Line Extension

Project Agreement - Trillium Line Extension

Legislative Materials

Contract Award of Ottawa’s Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Projects and Related Matters – February 27, 2019

Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project and Procurement Update – September 13, 2017

Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Implementation Report – Project Definition and Procurement Plan – March 8, 2017

Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Alignment Improvements – May 11, 2016

Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Preliminary Engineering and Project Management Services Contract – August 25, 2015

Stage 2 Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment and Functional Design Report – July 8, 2015

Community Presentations

2020

Stage 2 LRT Trillium Line Information Sessions

"As We Heard It" Report

Questions and comments from the O-Train South Extension Information Sessions

Airport Link to Limebank Station, held at Rideauview Community Centre on February 5, 2020Bayview Station to Carling Station, held at Hintonburg Community Centre on February 10, 2020Carleton Station to South Keys Station, held at Jim Durrell Recreation Centre on February 13, 2020

Summary

  • Members of the public interested in the South Extension were invited to a series of information sessions to review project information sorted by station areas:
    • Airprt Link to Limebank Station (Attendance: ~70)
    • Bayview Statin to Carling Station (Attendance: 65)
    • Carletn Station to South Keys Station (Attendance: 55)
  • These drop-in meetings included a series of information boards and subject matter experts to provide context and further explanation.
  • On February 13th, a presentation and questions and answer period were added to the event at the request of Councillors.
  • Community members are always welcome submit questions and feedback via stage2@ottawa.ca.

General Questions

  1. Will stations be enclosed/weather protected?Outdoor stations will feature weather protection barriers and platform coverage; station design updates are expected to be available for the public in 2020. Councillors are in discussions with the Rail Construction Program office to look at additional weather mitigation features where possible and feasible.
  2. Will there be wider platforms, stairwells, and bus loop platforms at new stations? Space constraints vary based on each location; station design updates are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  3. How frequently will trains come? 12-minute headways will be maintained on both the Bayview-Limebank line as well as the Airport Link.
  4. How will buses/bikes interact with stations?Where space is available, improvements to transit, cycling, pedestrian, and vehicular drop-off connectivity will be made. Design updates for these elements are expected in 2020.
  5. Where will replacement trees be replanted?The project contract calls for planting of 1 tree for every 4 trees removed. Landscaping plans will be available in later phases of the project, and planting will occur towards the end of construction.
  6. How will the local routes get people to their stations? What improvements will be made to local service?OC Transpo will complete this network planning over the next few years before the South Extension is ready to open to transit customers.
  7. How will you communicate so that communities know construction is coming?Please contact stage2@ottawa.ca with any project-related inquiries. The City will keep the public apprised of project progress through Ottawa.ca/Stage2 from which the public can sign up for e-newsletter updates. The City will also work with the project contractor to provide direct notification to nearby stakeholders of major construction activities and impacts.

Airport Link to Limebank Station

  1. Where will the line be double tracked?The double tracking will begin north of Leitrim Road and continue to Limebank. Within the existing alignment, there will be passing tracks and sidings that will be lengthened.
  2. Will the Earl Armstrong/Bowesville intersection be reconfigured? During the project, this intersection will be reconfigured to better align the intersection. The new intersection will be signalized, and include auxiliary turn lanes.
  3. Will there be a Park “n’ Ride at Limebank Station?There will not be a Park ‘n’ Ride at Limebank Station. The future development plans for the area show a downtown main street design that is not conducive to large parking infrastrucure. An 800 space Park ‘n’ Ride will be available at Bowesville Station
  4. Will connectivity to Limebank be improved?The City is reviewing the connectivity plans for stations along the Trillium Line and any changes will be communicated to the public in advance.

Carleton Station to South Keys Station

  1. Why is the O-Train Line 2 shutting down and for how long? The O-Train Line 2 is shutting down to allow for the increase of double tracking through the rock cut, the upgrade of the existing Dow’s Lake tunnel with new safety systems and new technology, and the addition of new stations at Gladstone and Walkley as well as extensive work at Ellwood Diamond. The shutdown will last 28 months starting in May 2020.
  2. Will connectivity between the west side of South Keys Station allow for residents to pass through the station to the shopping centre? Yes, there will be a connection to the shopping centre.
  3. Will Mooney’s Bay Station have two entrances? At this time, the design includes once entrance.
  4. Is Dow’s Lake Tunnel being widened for future double tracking? No, at this time there is no plan to widen the tunnel at Dow’s Lake. This is an extensive infrastructure undertaking that is not in the scope of the Stage 2 project.
  5. Will the pedestrian bridge at Carleton University open before the system opens if it is ready? This information, when available, will be shared with the public.
  6. How will connectivity to Walkley Station be improved? There is currently a connectivity review underway to identify opportunities to improve connectivity both within the project and with other City projects. Walkley Station connectivity is included in this review and any changes will be shared with the community.
  7. Will Walkley Station have a south entrance, now or in the future for connection to Notting Hill Ave? Elements of station design, including an additional entrance at Walkley Station, and connectivity are still under review. Once those details are available, they will be shared with the public.

Bayview Station to Carling Station

  1. How much of the trench will need to be widened for the double tracking? The designs have not progressed to this level of detail yet. Once the information is available, it will be shared with impacted stakeholders.
  2. Will the Trillium Line MUP be closed during construction? The Trillium Line MUP will remain open during construction, although some localized detours may be required during some stages.
  3. What will the frequency of R2 replacement buses be during the shutdown period? Frequency of the R2 will be every 12 minutes during off-peak periods and every 10 minutes during peak periods from the beginning of the shutdown period in May 2020 until September 2020. In September 2020, the frequency will increase to an interval yet to be announced by OC Transpo.

2019

Stage 2 LRT 2019 East-West Information Sessions 

 "As We Heard It" Report

Summary of questions and comments from the O-Train East Extension Information Session 

  • Members of the public interested in the East Extension were invited to review project information on December 5, 2019 at Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex.
  • At the event, over 130 people registered at the sign in table.

East Extension Questions

  • East of Blair, how does the train get from the north side of the highway to the center? Via new train bridge just east of the existing Transitway bridge.
  • What is currently happening at Montreal Road? How will OR 174 change?Highway ramps and lanes from Blair Road to Green’s Creek are being relocated to make way for future LRT station and tracks through the centre median of the highway.
  • What will be construction impacts to highway traffic? The project contract calls for highway ramps and lanes to remain open during peak hours. Lane reductions and closures will occur intermittently throughout project construction.
  • When will highway ramps at Jeanne d’Arc be improved? 'Free flow’ access to westbound highway on-ramps at Jeanne d’Arc will be removed and re-configured to controlled intersections. This work is currently scheduled to begin in 2020.
  • Will stations be enclosed/weather protected?Outdoor stations will feature weather protection barriers and platform coverage; station design updates are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • Will there be wider platforms, stairwells, and bus loop platforms at new stations? Space constraints vary based on each location; station design updates are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • When will station and adjacent road designs be ready? Updates designs for stations, connectivity elements, and other structures such as bridges are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • How will buses/bikes interact with stations?Where space is available, improvements to transit, cycling, pedestrian, and vehicular drop-off connectivity will be made. Design updates for these elements are expected in 2020.
  • Why isn’t there any grade separation between Trim Road and OR 174? An overpass was considered for this location but was ultimately removed from the Stage 2 project due to budgetary constraints. A realigned Trim Road and new intersection with OR 174 that remains at grade will have capacity for future traffic, while permitting LRT and bus facilities to be contained within a fare-controlled zone.
  • Why were these specific locations chosen for sound attenuation walls? Why can’t noise walls be installed next year, now that all vegetation is removed? The Environmental Assessment for the project determined estimated noise levels at residential areas along the alignment, guiding which locations would most benefit from sound attenuation. LRT operations are not expected to raise noise levels for residents nearby. The project contract permits the contractor to choose installation sequencing of project elements; installation of sound attenuation walls is currently estimated for 2021 at the earliest.
  • Where in the east will replacement trees be replanted?The project contract calls for planting of 2 trees for every 1 tree removed. Landscaping plans will be available in later phases of the project, and planting will occur towards the end of construction.
  • Why is there no station at 10th Line? The Environmental Assessment for the project studied a future station at Tenth Line, although it was not included in the Stage 2 project given it isn’t currently a transit route, a challenging existing interchange configuration, and developable lands nearby that would provide an opportunity to build later on.
  • How will the local routes get people to their stations? What improvements will be made to local service?OC Transpo will complete this network planning over the next few years before the East Extension is ready to open to transit customers.
  • Is property expropriation needed for the project?All lands required for the East Extension project have already been pursued and no new property acquisitions or expropriations are anticipated to be needed.

East Extension Additional Comments

  • Since trees behind properties have already been removed, noise walls need to be installed as soon as possible.
  • Since stations are in the middle of the highway and there are no pedestrian bridges for access to Jeanne d’Arc and Orléans Stations, connection buses should drop off right in the middle of the overpasses, at the station, rather than on both ends of the overpasses. Overpasses should be widened to allow for a bus-dedicated lane and/or passenger drop offs to avoid residents stopping in the middle of traffic lanes for drop offs creating safety issues.
  • The proposed realignment at Trim Rd is very dangerous for cyclists.
  • Many people are frustrated by the planned alignment for Trim and that the Park and Ride lots will not be expanded.
  • The City should have taken this opportunity to widen the highway.
  • Adding a high occupancy vehicle lane to the highway should have been included in the project.
  • It would be smart to put a ticket machine at the lower concourse level at Blair. That would allow passengers to re-load their card more easily, from within the fare paid zone.
  • The configuration of elevators at Blair is not ideal, please avoid in Stage 2.
  • Stations need adequate covered shelters for passengers.
  • Please restrict construction impacts to the highway whenever possible.

Summary of questions and comments from the O-Train West Extension Information Sessions

  • Members of the public interested in the West Extension were invited to a series of information sessions to review project information sorted by station areas:
    • Westbro Station to Dominion Station (Attendance: ~150)
    • Cleary Statin to Lincoln Fields Station (Attendance: ~250-300)
    • Iris Statin to Baseline Station (Attendance: ~75)
    • Queensview Statin to Moodie Station (Attendance: ~100)

West Extension General Questions

  • How will operational train noise be mitigated?Noise and vibration modeling was completed during the planning stage of the project, and mitigation requirements and options vary by location. Additional noise and vibration monitoring will be completed through construction, and once testing and commissioning of the extension is underway.
  • What is the construction schedule for the area near my home?Construction activity sequencing planning is currently underway, and an update to communities nearby will occur on an ongoing basis as the work progresses and schedules are confirmed.
  • Will stations be enclosed/weather protected?Outdoor stations will feature weather protection barriers and platform coverage; station design updates are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • Will there be wider platforms, stairwells, and bus loop platforms at new stations? Space constraints vary based on each location; station design updates are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • When will station and adjacent road designs be ready? Designs for stations, connectivity elements, and other structures such as bridges are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • How will buses/bikes interact with stations?Where space is available, improvements to transit, cycling, pedestrian, and vehicular drop-off connectivity will be made. Design updates for these elements are expected in 2020.
  • Where will replacement trees be replanted?The project contract calls for planting of 2 trees for every 1 tree removed. Landscaping plans will be available in later phases of the project, and planting will occur towards the end of construction.
  • How will the local routes get people to their stations? What improvements will be made to local service?OC Transpo will complete this network planning over the next few years before the West Extension is ready to open to transit customers.
  • Why isn’t there a presentation?Providing drop-in sessions staffed with a variety of areas of expertise permits many members of the public to discuss the specifics of construction or project related questions various areas at the same time.
  • How will you communicate so that communities know construction is coming?Please contact stage2@ottawa.ca with any project-related inquiries. The City will keep the public apprised of project progress through Ottawa.ca/Stage2 from which the public can sign up for e-newsletter updates. The City will also work with the project contractor to provide direct notification to nearby stakeholders of major construction activities and impacts.

Westboro Station to Dominion Station

  • What is currently happening on the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway?The Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway is being reconfigured to allow the construction of the tunnel. This roadway will be reconfigured to its final form once the tunnel construction is complete.
  • What is the Churchill Underpass?The Churchill Underpass is a segregated pedestrian and cyclist crossing of the SJAM Parkway.
  • How will buses be detoured on Scott Street? When buses are detoured from the existing Transitway they will travel on Scott Street west of Tunney’s Pasture. When they pass Churchill Avenue, they will travel on a temporary roadway that will cross the trench approximately where Roosevelt Pedestrian Bridge is located, this temporary roadway will continue west on the north side of the trench until it connects with the newly configured Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway.
  • Will the bus loop remain open during construction?The bus loop at Tunney’s Pasture will continue to operate as it does today throughout stage 2 construction, although a new bridge will be constructed just west of the existing berm. Once the bridge is in place the berm will be removed to allow for guideway construction.
  • Will there be changes to the light signals on Scott to ensure local traffic flows during construction?Designs for the Scott Street detour are expected to be completed in 2020 and will be shared with the public as soon as possible.
  • What is happening to the Roosevelt pedestrian bridge? Will there be a detour?Roosevelt Pedestrian Bridge will be temporarily closed to allow for construction of a temporary transitway detour. During this time, pedestrians and cyclists will be able to cross just west of Dominion Station or on Churchill Avenue.
  • Will the grading of the transit corridor change through Dominion? Is a new retaining wall required?Updated designs for the guideway through this area are expected to be available for the public in 2020.

Cleary Station to Lincoln Fields Station

  • If the train is in a tunnel why were all trees removed along Byron? Will parking along Byron be maintained? Tree removal in Byron Linear Park is required to safely build the tunnel using a ‘cut and cover’ method. Parking on Byron Avenue will be reduced during construction.
  • How close will the tunnel be built to our properties on Byron? Will we hear or feel the train from our homes? The tunnel will be constructed below the Byron Linear Park between Cleary Avenue and Lincoln Fields. The consortium is required to design the system to ensure that noise and vibration are within City and Project Agreement standards.
  • What will happen on Byron Avenue during construction? Are cyclists also affected? Prior to the construction of the tunnel a sidewalk will be constructed on the south side of Byron Avenue, this will act as a pedestrian detour when the Byron Linear Pathway is closed. Byron Avenue will remain open, though with reduced on-street parking, for all users.
  • What will happen on Woodroffe during construction? The tunnel construction will use a ‘cut and cover’ construction methodology. As tunnel construction crosses roadways like Woodroffe, traffic will be maintained with use of ‘decking’ that allows cars to pass over the construction below, common in city infrastructure projects.
  • Why was Cleary Station moved? The new location of Cleary Station was proposed by the project contractor as a cost saving measure.
  • Why couldn’t New Orchard be closer to Ambleside condos? New Orchard station could not be moved any further west due to the proximity of the curve in the guideway.
  • Will operational train noise be loud along New Orchard and Cleary? The consortium will be designing the stations to ensure that the noise and vibration levels fall within the City and Project Agreement standards.
  • Why is the Cleary Avenue pedestrian bridge being built? This will be constructed to allow pedestrians and cyclists a safe crossing point of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.
  • What can we expect during construction on Rosewood? With trees removed for construction, what will be done to mitigate? All construction sites will be fully fenced. Mitigation options are being reviewed to determine what can be done to support this neighbourhood throughout construction.
  • When will the complete street for Richmond Road be built? This is dependent on the construction schedule determined by Kiewit-Eurovia-Vinci, however is likely to occur as final works towards the end of the project.
  • Will both Richmond Road and Byron Avenue be closed? There may be localized lane or road closures required along Byron and Richmond during construction. The duration of these instances would be minimized and well-communicated to the community with signed detours will be in place if necessary. The Project Agreement does not permit impacts to intersections along Richmond Road during peak periods, and work will be planned in accordance.

Iris Station to Baseline Station

  • How will buses travel between Baseline and Iris Station during construction?Buses will remain on the Transitway until the latest date possible, when the Transitway will have to close in order to complete construction. When the Transitway closes, buses will use Woodroffe and Iris to travel between Baseline and Iris Stations (both directions).
  • Will you be cutting the trees on Woodroffe to make space for the additional lane? Impacts to trees on Woodroffe to make space for the widened road have not been determined at this time as design work is not yet complete.
  • How will I enter exit Baseline Station?Through well-signed entrance and exit points.
  • What will happen on Iris during construction?Iris Street will be kept open during construction for pedestrians/cyclists, traffic, and transit, although some roadway deviations will be required to make room for the construction of the ultimate bridge.
  • How high is the new Iris Street bridge, and how deep are the trenched train tracks? Designs for stations, connectivity elements, and other structures such as bridges are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • How will the City plan to prevent traffic from cutting through the neighborhood around Iris due to traffic? East-West Connectors is required to provide the City with Traffic and Transit Management Plans that indicate the likelihood for cut-through traffic to occur (based on what connections remain possible via the main roads and what traffic operational conditions will be like). The City has a number of tools available to avoid cut-through traffic that would be examined in specific locations if required.

Queensview Station to Moodie Station

  • How high will the Lincoln Fields flyover rail bridge be built? Design drawings for the flyover bridge are expected to be available for the public in 2020.
  • Will there be a pedestrian connection from Queensway Terrace North to Queensview Station? Connectivity options from the north to Queensview Station are currently being reviewed by the City to determine what connections are available as part of the Stage 2 project, and what future opportunities could be pursued independently.
  • What is going to happen to the land on Connaught where the homes were demolished? Through construction this land will act as a work site access into Connaught Park. From further north the rail corridor will lower in grade through Connaught Park into a tunnel under Connaught Avenue, at the location that homes were demolished.
  • What construction will begin in Connaught Park in 2020?
  • Construction activity sequencing planning for Connaught Park is currently underway, and an update to nearby communities will occur on an ongoing basis as the work progresses and schedules are confirmed.
  • What are the construction impacts expected for the church property north east of Pinecrest Road? Construction activity sequencing planning for the segment from Connnaught to Pinecrest is currently underway, and an update to nearby stakeholders will occur on an ongoing basis as the work progresses and schedules are confirmed.
  • Can the right turn from Holly Acres southbound to Highway 417 Westbound be re-instated during construction? This right-turn movement was implemented prior to the Stage 2 project, and any operational changes would be determined by the City of Ottawa’s Traffic Services.
  • What will be the final configuration of Corkstown Road and how can you ensure two-way traffic even without additional land? The City is pursuing an agreement for use of additional lands near Moodie Station in order to maintain two-way traffic on Corkstown Road.
  • What is the final design of the roadway over the Moodie Bridge, and the intersection with Corkstown Road? Designs for connectivity elements near Moodie Station are expected to be available for the public in 2020.

West Extension Additional Comments

  • Dominion Station should be renamed Kitchissippi Station.
  • Tree removal notification was inadequate.
  • There is no explanation of the accessibility features on the renderings or any people with accessibility needs shown on the images.
  • Ensure quick and convenient connections to Department of National Defense offices, and adequate communication directly to employees.
  • Please ensure the Environmental Assessment and other project documents are easy to find on the website.
  • Additional pedestrian connections are needed to Lincoln Fields Station.

2017

Trillium Line Environmental Assessment South Terminus Update

Lawn Avenue Parkette Reinstatement Open House

Moodie LRT Station Connectivity Workshop

Bayshore to Moodie Extension Environmental Assessment

Queensway Terrace North Public Consultation

Byron Linear Park Renewal and Cleary and New Orchard Planning Study

Baseline/Woodroffe Stormwater Management Pond Meeting

Belfast Yard Expansion – Community Information Session

Detours in area of Woodroffe Ave./Iris St. and Iris Station Concept – Information Session

Scott Street Detour between Tunney’s Pasture and Dominion Station Information Session

Belfast Yard Expansion Information Session (Avenues O and P)

Woodpark Community Information Session

Bayshore to Moodie Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conversion to Light Rail Transit (LRT) Environmental Assessment – Public Consultation

The Future of Richmond Road and Byron Corridor Public Consultation

2016

Stage 2 LRT Connectivity Public Consultations

September 2016 Public Consultations

2015

McKellar Park Information Session

Maintenance and Storage Facility Community Information Session