• 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.

  • New federal-provincial funding agreement makes 57 public transit projects possible in Ottawa

    The governments of Canada and Ontario, as well as municipalities across Ontario are making investments that will help create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Yasir Naqvi, Member of Provincial Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa today announced that 57 transit infrastructure projects totaling $155,900,000 will be getting under way in Ottawa thanks to the signing of an agreement with the Province of Ontario that brings a new federal infrastructure funding program into effect: the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

    The PTIF will make over $2.97 billion in combined funding available to Ontario communities for public transit projects that will help ensure residents across the province get to work on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

    The Ottawa projects include the purchase of two sets of trains for the second stage of the Ottawa light-rail system, 17 new vehicles for Ottawa’s bus fleet, extensive improvements to bus routes and transit corridors, and pedestrian and cycling bridges to connect pathways to light rail stations. This work will improve the flow of public transit in the city and prepare for future construction of the light-rail and other important projects.

    These are among 168 projects approved for funding so far under the new program in Ontario.

    Quotes

    “Good public transit infrastructure is fundamental to economic growth and building an inclusive society. I’m very pleased to see that, amongst many beneficial projects, this collaborative funding program will provide support to the construction of a pedestrian and cycling bridge to connect Old Ottawa East, Old Ottawa South and the Glebe. This bridge will make walking and cycling safer options for Ottawa Centre residents and will contribute to a more livable and environmentally sustainable city.”

    Catherine McKenna, Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre

    “Building, maintaining and modernizing transit is a key priority for our government. As cities and towns grow, we need to invest in projects that will strengthen our regional transit networks and improve quality of life for the people who live and work in this province. I am thrilled that all levels of government are working together to help build our province up.”

    Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa-Centre

    “Federal investment in Ottawa’s pedestrian, cycling and public transit systems will provide long-term benefits for our residents and their families”, said Mayor Jim Watson. “This is a new era of collaboration during which our three levels of Government work together to make transformative investments that will improve the lives of Ottawa residents.”

    Mayor Jim Watson, City of Ottawa

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    List of all Ontario PTIF projects approved to date: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/pt-sp/pt-sp-on-eng.html

    Quick facts

    • PTIF funding is part of Phase 1 of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s historic $120-billion plan to support public infrastructure across the country over the next 10 years.
    • Phase 1 provides more than $11.9 billion in investments to support public transit systems, green infrastructure projects, and social infrastructure projects. Details on Phase 2 of Investing in Canada will be announced over the next year.
    • Under the PTIF agreement, the Government of Canada has made its funding retroactive to April 1, 2016, so projects can proceed without delay to ensure a productive construction season.

    Associated links

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    News Release issued by the Office of Catherine McKenna, M.P., on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
    August 23, 2016