The Light at the End of the Tunnel: LRT Officially Opens
Our heavily anticipated LRT system is finally in place. Here is some useful information before you board. The LRT will be able to carry 600 passengers within the double trains, and this will eliminate approximately 2000 bus trips through our community each day. Based on existing bus ridership, we’ve estimated that 250 000 passengers a day will being using the LRT. Trains will come at five-minute intervals during rush hour.
The LRT’s operating hours are as follows:
Monday to Thursday: 5 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday: 5 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday and holidays: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
You can board the LRT by tapping your Presto card just
as you would when taking the bus. The bus and the train
will have the same cost. You can reload your Presto card at
the ticket machines, which are located at every station. The
machines accept cash, debit and credit cards, and can also be used to buy single use fares.
Seniors will continue to ride for free on Wednesdays and Sundays by using their Presto cards set with the seniors’ discount. Every LRT station has elevators so no need to worry about accessibility. Many stations also have escalators.
Parallel bus service was running in conjunction with the LRT for the first three weeks of service. This made a good transition period for everyone to feel comfortable with their new route. Starting October 6th, there were several new bus routes.
The ticket machines have a live video chat option should you need to ask a question remotely. For more details on all three of our neighbourhood station (uOttawa, Rideau, Lees) please visit: Mathieufleury.ca. See you on the rails!
Bus Route Changes As Of October 6
With the daily visible frustration of crowding buses along our downtown streets during rush hour, this city knew it was time to bring a solution that took buses out of the core and deliver more riders to their destinations.
Now with the train as our main mode of transportation downtown, those buses backing up from end to end downtown are no longer necessary. The result is as many as 86 bus routes will change beginning October 6.
The changes simplify routing and aim to offer convenient connections to the O-Train. To figure out how it directly impacts your next trip visit OC Transpo’s website.
Although changes depend on the route (some renumbered, replaced, or combined with other routes), some will also be split up into two or more routes. Many routes – including the 94, 95, 97, 98 and 99 – will no longer pass through the downtown core as of October 6. In general, collector routes from the east and west ends will now connect with Tunney’s Pasture and Blair stations.
For Rideau-Vanier, here are some of the changes:
Route 5 – Will be extended from Rideau to Waller at Laurier
Route 9 – Will end on Daly, eastbound trips will use Sussex instead of Dalhousie
Route 12 – Trips to/from La Cité will be replaced by new Route 15 Route 15– A new route for trips to and from La Cité along Montréal Road. All trips end in Gatineau.
Route 17 – In the mornings, Route 17 will continue to operate along Beechwood to downtown but now extends to Lyon Station and Gatineau.
Route 56 – From Lees Station, will travel via King Edward to Union Street and Global Affairs Canada
A full list of the changes is available here.
Rolling Ahead to the Next Stage – LRT Stage 2
Now that the rollout of the new LRT system is already a few weeks underway, it is time to look at what is next – and why. With the City moving ahead with Stage 2 of the LRT, the City is making an essential next step in ensuring the absolute best transit service is available to more riders.
Not only will Stage 2 extend the current system and create connections for suburban and rural residents living further away, it will also offer any transit rider an efficient, alternative option to go from one end of this city to the other without the need for a vehicle.
A snapshot of what Stage 2 will bring:
• An additional 44 kilometres of rail and 24 new stations
• Need to get to Orleans? Stage 2 will allow for riders to grab a train and go as far east as Trim Road or be able to travel as far west as Moodie Drive, in Kanata.
• The existing O-Train Trillium Line will extend to Riverside South and create a link that will take travelers all the way to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
• When Stage 2 is complete, 77 per cent of residents will be within five kilometres of rail.
It is simple – Stage 2 will add the missing links for riders in our city. Ottawa is now home to 1 million residents and as our population continues to grow the city must stay ahead of the gridlock that comes with that many people moving around daily.
The additional stations and rail might not directly impact Rideau-Vanier, but our focus remains on ensuring service for our main streets. Much like how the Transitway paved the way for riders to get downtown quickly and efficiently, alternative transit priority measures are being examined and implemented along our arterial roads, so reliability is at the top of our minds.
Riverain Park Revitalization
The first public consultation for Riverain Park was held at the Rideau Sports Centre on July 17th. Thank you to everyone who participated. Residents are very passionate about this beautiful park and this fact was exemplified through this well-attended event.
The July 17th event was an open opportunity to share suggestions for the park. Popular suggestions for the park included new installations such as work out equipment, a skatepark, a splash pad, and additional waste receptables. There was a great interest in improving the play structures, improving the lighting and working with the NCC to fix the current flooding issues. Lastly, residents would love to see the multi-use pathways in Riverain Park winter-maintained and lit.
The initial design plan will be released this fall and following that there will be a second public consultation. Follow us on social media for exact timing. We expect the revitalization of Riverain Park to begin in the summer of 2020.
Montreal Road Revitalization Update
The Enbridge Gas work on Montreal Road continued this fall. While this work is underway, workers will maintain a minimum of one lane along Montreal Road in each direction.
This past summer, Hydro Ottawa installed several underground structures along Montreal Road required for the burial of the overhead hydro lines. Construction continues this fall with the next phase of hydro work focusing on the section of Montreal Road between North River Road and the Vanier Parkway.
Also, this fall, the City’s streetlighting contractor will install temporary streetlighting along Montreal Road. The tender for the construction phase was posted on the Ontario Construction Association (OCA) for contractors to bid and it is expected to have a contractor in place this fall.
Montreal Road business owners and neighbours will be invited to the first construction block captain working group meeting once a schedule is ready. In November we will host an information session as an opportunity to discuss neighbourhood traffic calming due to the Montreal Road project.
Lowertown East Traffic Management Implementation
The Lowertown East Traffic Management Plan study was launched to address concerns raised about traffic diverting to residential streets (in Lowertown East) in order to avoid congestion on the major thoroughfares.
For the purposes of this study Lowertown East is bounded by Rideau Street, King Edward Avenue, St. Patrick Street and Wurtemburg Street. Two open houses were held in order to gain further understanding of the problem and possible solutions. The first was October 19, 2016 and the second was March 1, 2017.
Construction is currently underway, most visible along Old St.Patrick and Cobourg, the project is set to be completed by mid-November. For this project speed humps will be built on Wurtemburg, Heney, and Clarence. Pedestrian Crossovers (PXOs) will be installed on Cobourg at Beausooleil and on Old St Patrick adjacent to De La Salle High School. There will be intersection narrowings at Old St Patrick/Beausoleil, Cobourg/Beausoleil, Cobourg/ Old St Patrick, and Cobourg/Clarence.
The traffic calming will help access York Street Public School, Ste-Anne School and De La Salle High School safely.
Narrowing to Beausoleil at Cobourg will be completed in the spring.
A couple measures were already introduced last year, including afternoon peak left turning restrictions at Nelson/ York and Nelson/ Clarence as well as restricted straight through movements through York and Clarence. We look forward to the increased pedestrian safety and lessened cut-through traffic that should come of this project.