• The Joint Transportation Working Group meets to establish its priorities

    GATINEAU-OTTAWA – Convened by Mayors Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and Jim Watson, the Joint Transportation Working Group held its first meeting today at Ottawa City Hall. Mayors Pedneaud-Jobin and Watson were accompanied by the chairs of their cities’ committees responsible for transportation issues, namely:

    • Stephen Blais, Chair, Transit Commission, City of Ottawa
    • Myriam Nadeau, Chair, Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO)
    • Keith Egli, Chair, Transportation Committee, City of Ottawa
    • Audrey Bureau, Chair, Commission sur les transports, les déplacements durables et la sécurité, City of Gatineau
    • as well as the management of OC Transpo and STO.

    The meeting was called to follow up on the historic agreement signed between Ottawa and Gatineau on May 26, 2017, announcing the creation of the Joint Transportation Working Group, as well as on the July 14 announcement regarding the Group’s mandate and membership. As a reminder, the Group has been mandated to study and make recommendations on questions related to interprovincial transportation, including active transportation, as well as any transportation infrastructure projects likely to have impacts on both sides of the Ottawa River.

    Opening of the Confederation Line

    In line with these objectives, the two parties revisited the integration of the STO’s services with the O-Train Confederation Line, which will open in Ottawa later this year. Jointly developed operational plans will be implemented once the light rail system enters service.

    City-building Transit System in West-End Gatineau

    Furthermore, City of Gatineau representatives took the opportunity to update their counterparts in Ottawa about planning efforts and feasibility studies related to the implementation of a city-building transit system in west-end Gatineau. Studies will continue, but the two cities share the long-term hope of integrating their respective transit systems thanks to compatible modes of transportation, including the Prince of Wales Bridge.

    Long-Term Planning: Ottawa-Gatineau Vision 2050

    The Working Group agreed to pursue, over the coming years, efforts to develop a common long-term vision for the optimal integration of the two cities’ transportation networks.

    Ottawa-Gatineau Vision 2050 would provide a roadmap for measures related to transit, as well as active and road transportation, taking into account the future needs of our users while focusing on the sustainable development of the National Capital Region.

    The Ottawa-Gatineau Vision 2050 process would begin by holding consultations with motorists, public transit users, cyclists and pedestrians from both sides of the Ottawa River, in order to better understand their habits and needs. It would then seek to identify measures capable of supporting optimal network integration and more synchronized travel. Such measures would ultimately lead to the increased use of transit and active transportation, as well as carpooling, thereby contributing to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and providing our residents with a healthier environment and a greener future.

    The Joint Transportation Working Group’s next meeting will be held in the summer of 2018.

  • Gatineau and Ottawa mayors announce the mandate and membership of the Joint Transportation Working Group

    GATINEAU and OTTAWA — On May 26, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in conjunction with Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) and OC Transpo, announced the signing of a historic transit agreement between the two cities. In addition to integrating Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) bus routes with the new O-Train Confederation Line, the agreement also provided for the creation of a bilateral working group on long-term interprovincial transportation planning.

    Following up on the May 26 announcement, the mayors of Gatineau and Ottawa today announced the mandate and composition of the Working Group, as well as its meeting schedule.

    From now on, this new forum will be referred to as the “Joint Transportation Working Group”.

    The Working Group’s mandate will be to study and make recommendations on questions related to interprovincial transportation, including transit and active transportation, as well as any transportation infrastructure projects likely to have impacts on both sides of the Ottawa River.

    To ensure that this committee carries on the existing spirit of collaboration between Ottawa and Gatineau, the mayors have named ex officio members who are currently driving key transportation files in both cities. These members are:

    City of Gatineau:

    1. Mayor of Gatineau (or his designated representative)
    2. Chair of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais
    3. Chair of the Commission des transports
    4. General Manager of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais

    City of Ottawa:

    1. Mayor of Ottawa (or his designated representative)
    2. Chair of the Transit Commission
    3. Chair of the Transportation Committee
    4. General Manager of OC Transpo

    Additional staff from both cities and transit agencies will join the Working Group depending on the topics under consideration.

    The Joint Transportation Working Group will meet at least twice a year; additional meetings may be called as required. Meeting locations will alternate between Gatineau and Ottawa, beginning in early 2018.