November 2013 Update: Draft 2013 TMP published on Oct 9th
The draft TMP is available on the City`s TMP web page. This document is also supported by several related detailed background documents which are available in the minutes of the Oct 9th Transportation Committee Meeting on the TMP. To locate these documents requires clicking on item /1 on the agenda and then scrolling to the bottom right hand area of the page.
Some of the highlights from a CCC perspective include:
- agreement to fund 50% of Active Transportation projects from development charges
- commitment to build 3 new active transportation bridges
- Rideau R crossing at Somerset-Donald (2014-2016)
- Ottawa R. crossing on PoW bridge (2016-2020) if co-funded by NCC and City of Gatineau
- Canal Crossing at 5th-Clegg (post 2020)
- specific list of 69 cycling links to be added with 70m$ funding over next 18yrs
- commitment to expand winter maintenance for key cycling links
- removal of AVTC from the road plan until at least post 2031
(ie a postponement of 15 years relative to the 2008 plan)
- similar postponement to the plan for 4-laning PoW drive (except for 1 short section north of Hunt Club)
- pulling forward in the plan the 4-laning of the airport parkway north of Hunt Club
- reduction in the overall pace of road expansions by as much as half compared to 2008 plan
- agreement in priniciple to take a 'complete streets' approach to street redevelopments and an agreement to develop metrics for evaluating quality of service for walking and cycling so that these quantitative metrics can be used to help in allocation decisions for the limited space in the right-of-way among all the different corridor users.
- acceleration of the build out of the next phase of the LRT network from completion in 2031 (2008 plan) to completion by 2023
- while also expanding the size of the LRT plan relative to 2008 by:
- extending LRT from Blair Rd all the way to Place d'Orleans
- extending the O-Train south to Bowesville (& adding more stations downtown)
- adding a western LRT branch from Lincoln fields to Bayshore
- advancement in timing of BRT northward from 417 along March Rd
- postponement of plans for southeast BRT line from Blair station towards Navan
- postponement of plans for western BRT line Kanata towards Stittsville
- addition of many measures for bus priority in mixed traffic areas throughout the city
The CCC met on Oct 30th to develop our feedback to these documents.
The CCC`s written response to these documents was sent to the City`s planning department and Transportation Committee members and was also provided in a presentation made in person by the CCC Chair to the Nov 15th Transportation Committee meeting.
Mar 2013 Status Update: Preliminary TMP Policy Proposals
There are 2 main dimensions to the TMP. A statement of policies and principles and a refresh of the 20 year vision for spending on infrastructure for transit, roads, walking, and cycling
A. Policy Development
The 2013 update is "not a complete re-write" but an update with a special focus on several transportation policy topics identified for further development. The City has published a high level summary of the proposed topics for focus and invited feedback on these topics. These are listed as:
The CCC will be participating and providing comments on these proposals as well as providing other unsolicited ideas regarding transportation topics in Ottawa. The following link provides the current CCC draft TMP comments, which are open for feedback and are planned to be submitted to the City in March 2013.
The final CCC TMP submission to the proposed 2013 plan focus topics was provided to the City on Feb 28, 2013.
B. Road and Transit Network 2014-2031 'Refresh'
In addition to the policy directives listed above the Plan will 'refresh' the view out to 2031 of the road and transit network that the City will invest in.
The first release of public information related to this process is the January 2013 release of the results of the 2011 Origin-Destination Survey
This document is the holy grail of trip data for the National Capital Region with detailed information about trips taken in the region by time of day, by purpose of trip, and by origin and destination, etc, etc. This data is used to derive the future transportation requirements across the different major 'screen-lines' in the city and is a key source of information used to drive the City of Ottawa Transportation Master Plans.
The Survey is performed every 5 years via a telephone survey to over 25,000 residents collecting data on all types of trips made by all persons within the household. This data is then extrapolated up to the full population to give trip volumes representative of what is happening across the whole city.
Observations of changes in travel patterns from survey to survey are extremely useful in projecting the future transportation needs.
On the bright side, use of transit and cycling is increasing faster than the use of cars and the rate of trip generation per household per day continues to decline. However, on the whole, it is claimed there was still 100,000 more trips made per day in the region in 2011 compared to 2005 and the majority of the growth in new trips is still being absorbed by the use of cars. This means pressure continues to spend large sums of money on expanding the road network.
Where that will be focused will be driven by information from this survey. It serves the basis for the projection of future travel needs and trends and is extrapolated into the future based on further projections of trends in population and employment growth in Ottawa.
This process is happening during winter of 2013. This future transportation demand scenario is then sub-divided across the different transportation modes (car, transit, cycling, walking) and fed into a computer model of the City's road network. This will result in a list of road expansions required to meet the projected demand and is to be provided for public comment by Spring of 2013.
These road expansion projects will be ordered in time according to when it is believed they will be required and then an estimate of the costs and financing required to build them over the next 20 years is expected to be available by the end of summer 2013.
Final approval of the plan by council is expected in Dec 2013.
This plan will also include in its scope the planned Transit Network for the next 20 years as well as information about the development of cycling and walking facilities in the City.