Op and tmp policy Framework and April 22 Council Directions – John Smit


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OP and TMP Policy Framework and April 22 Council Directions – John Smit

  • OP and TMP Policy Framework and April 22 Council Directions – John Smit

  • Lansdowne Partnership Plan Transportation Strategy – Ron Jack (Delcan)

  • OC Transpo Operations Considerations and experiences – Pat Scrimgeour

  • Traffic Management Considerations and Experiences – Phil Landry

  • Next Steps – John Smit



Official Plan policies, TMP directions and April 22, 2009 Motion of Council define the context and establish the framework for the LPP Transportation Strategy

  • Official Plan policies, TMP directions and April 22, 2009 Motion of Council define the context and establish the framework for the LPP Transportation Strategy

  • The LLP Transportation Strategy in turn will serve as the foundation for:

    • Undertaking a detailed Transportation Study and
    • Preparing a Transportation Demand Management Plan


One of the key elements of the OP - increase use of sustainable transportation including walking, cycling and transit and reducing dependence on automobile use for all trips

  • One of the key elements of the OP - increase use of sustainable transportation including walking, cycling and transit and reducing dependence on automobile use for all trips

  • Specific Directives related to this proposal

    • Transportation Demand Management
    • Transportation System Management
    • Cycling Plan and Pedestrian Plan
    • Rapid Transit System Development
    • Parking


Land use is a key element of achieving the Plan’s transportation objectives. Mixed use and more intense development in strategic areas will support:

  • Land use is a key element of achieving the Plan’s transportation objectives. Mixed use and more intense development in strategic areas will support:

    • Maximizing use of existing transportation infrastructure;
    • Support and enhance use of Alternative Transportation Systems (Pedestrian, Cycling, Transit) to reduce automobile travel
    • Reduce the need to travel across the city for different trip types.
  • The specifics of how the City’s transportation objectives will be achieved are set out in the TMP.



The Transportation Master Plan sets out specific

  • The Transportation Master Plan sets out specific

  • directives and initiatives for a sustainable

  • transportation system. Key directions include:

  • Creating Supportive Land Uses

    • More intense mixed use development at key locations (mainstreets)
    • More compact development to reduce land area used for parking
    • Pursue opportunities for shared parking and for partnerships with the private sector to provide parking facilities/structures


Managing Transportation Demand

  • Managing Transportation Demand

    • Develop and implement TDM initiatives to increase use of sustainable transportation for all trip types;
    • Improve travel options for event attendees - walking, cycling, ride sharing, boats, and transit use
  • Managing the Transportation System

    • Optimize the efficiency and people moving capacity of transportation facilities
  • Improve Alternative Transportation Systems

    • Rapid Transit, Pedestrian, Cycling


The following directions requires that a strategy be developed for getting people to and from Lansdowne that places emphasis on Transit, Walking and Cycling – consistent with OP and TMP directions.

  • The following directions requires that a strategy be developed for getting people to and from Lansdowne that places emphasis on Transit, Walking and Cycling – consistent with OP and TMP directions.

    • Revitalize and improve the Stadium and Civic center complex;
    • Design a substantial portion of the hard surface area of the park as public open space that is green and sustainable for recreational use;
    • Improve pedestrian and cycle links and access to the canal, recreation paths, garden and to adjacent parks; and,
    • That public transit options be considered


Less parking – reduced from 2200 to approximately 1800 (1100 below grade);

  • Less parking – reduced from 2200 to approximately 1800 (1100 below grade);

  • Revitalized Stadium and Civic Center will remain with similar capacity as original facilities capable of accommodating the same scale of events as in the past;

  • Introduction of mixed use resulting in day time activity.



Identify preliminary impacts and requirements of the Lansdowne Live Proposal (LLP) in the context of Council direction and City policies

  • Identify preliminary impacts and requirements of the Lansdowne Live Proposal (LLP) in the context of Council direction and City policies

  • Identify leading edge TDM Plan to address transportation requirements

  • Identification of Action Items for further study



Parking supply and its use

  • Parking supply and its use

  • Vehicle access/egress and level of service

  • Service vehicle requirements for various event sizes

  • Pedestrian mobility, circulation patterns and sidewalk/pathway connectivity

  • Regular transit service

  • Special events transit service



Bank Street traffic operations

  • Bank Street traffic operations

  • Typical “Main Street” transportation characteristics

  • Community on-street parking supply

  • Residential Parking Permits

  • Available on-street parking supply

  • Existing and historic “event” parking impacts



Understand mandate

  • Understand mandate

  • • Know existing conditions (on and off-site)

  • • Understand TDM’s relevance

  • Understand Special Event History at

  • Lansdowne

    • – event sizes
    • – transit service
    • – traffic operations
  • • Determine LLP’s transportation impacts and requirements



Phase 1

  • Phase 1

  • Use Parking

  • Renovated stadium ± 24,000 seats

  • Renovated Civic Centre ± 11,000 seats

  • Retail ± 270,000 ft2

  • Cinema ± 8 theatres

  • Aberdeen Pavilion and ± 31,000 ft2

  • Horticultural Building Subtotal 1235*

  • *Excludes front yard multi -use activity area which could be used for exceptionally large events (380 parking spaces)



Phase 2

  • Phase 2

  • Use Parking

  • Residential ± 210 units

  • Office ± 77,000 ft2

  • Hotel ± 180 rooms

  • 260

  • Total Phases 1 + 2 1495



Time Period Common Activities

  • Time Period Common Activities

  • Typical weekday Retail, hotel, residential, office

  • Typical weekday Retail, hotel, residential,

  • evenings and weekends cinema

  • Special Events during Retail*, hotel, residential,

  • evening or weekend cinema*, event

  • afternoon

  • Each situation has varying amounts of walk, bike, transit and motorized vehicles that has to be identified and accommodated

  • *reduced patrons due to “event”



Typical Weekday

  • Typical Weekday

  • Transit service easily provided

  • On-site parking supply of 1495 spaces is sufficient

  • Site’s four driveway connections will operate at acceptable levels of service

  • Traffic distribution 20% QED and 80% Bank

  • 50% of retail traffic existing traffic already on Bank/QED (passby)

  • Maximum two-way traffic increase on QED = 50 vph (4% of existing)

  • Maximum two-way traffic increase on Bank = 215 vph (13% of existing)

  • Daily traffic impacts along Bank Street considered manageable and consistent with successful “Main Street” as per its designation



Typical Evenings and Weekends

  • Typical Evenings and Weekends

  • Fewer trips for office, hotel, residential, but more cinema and retail trips

  • overall “new” traffic similar to weekday afternoon peak hour trips, but background traffic generally less during these time periods

  • transit service easily provided

  • parking supply considered sufficient

  • site driveway operation and impacts on Bank and QED considered acceptable



Assessed many event sizes and many trip generation variables

  • Assessed many event sizes and many trip generation variables

    • – 5 event sizes
    • – 5 transit mode split %ages
    • – 3 arrival/departure durations
    • – 2 vehicle occupancy rates
  • • Following table is a “snap shot” of the Event sizes into which the significant majority of Civic Centre/Stadium events fall

  • • Sound basis for identifying event impacts/requirements





Analysis assumed

  • Analysis assumed

    • – ±5000 space supply excluding metered spaces
    • – only 3500 available during events
  • • City Count Program October 1, 2 and 4, 2009

    • – 126 on-street permits are currently issued
    • – on-street parking supply actually ±5050
    • – empty available spaces ±3200
    • – metered spaces ±210 additional
  • • Assumption regarding available parking supply OK for this stage of analysis



Learn from Lansdowne Park’s past

  • Learn from Lansdowne Park’s past

    • – transit provision
    • – on-site parking
    • – traffic operations/control
    • – neighbourhood parking/traffic
  • • Research on related best practices re: TDM

  • • Identify and Implement aggressive but achievable TDM Plan Transportation Strategy



Reduce on-site vehicle activity

  • Reduce on-site vehicle activity

  • Minimize traffic impacts on Bank Street and other primary road corridors

  • Minimize parking and traffic impact on adjacent neighbourhoods

  • Maximize transit use



Change travel behaviour

  • Change travel behaviour

  • More transit, walk, bike, ride share

  • Less motorized vehicle traffic solutions

    • – appropriate infrastructure for alternative travel modes
    • – incentive to use, and dis-incentives of not using


Transit service

  • Transit service

  • Pathway connectivity

  • Bicycle parking

  • Virtucar

  • Satellite parking and shuttle buses



Shared-use parking

  • Shared-use parking

  • Preferred parking for car poolers

  • Parking rates

  • Discounted employee transit passes

  • Transit ride included in event ticket price

    • – increases transit ridership
    • – optimizes bus operation after event
  • On-site parking only with prepaid ticket



Strategy Document includes 24 Action Items

  • Strategy Document includes 24 Action Items

  • Confirm availability and parking supply at satellite parking lots

  • Refine special event transit/shuttle service and

  • Refine Bank Street traffic control

  • More comprehensive Traffic Impact Study for all on-site land uses/activities



OC Transpo’s role is to provide convenient public transit service, following Council’s directions, to all parts of the urban area of the City

  • OC Transpo’s role is to provide convenient public transit service, following Council’s directions, to all parts of the urban area of the City

  • OC Transpo provides service all day long, every day to Lansdowne Park

    • Route 1 (Rockcliffe Park-Downtown-South Keys)
    • Route 7 (St Laurent-Downtown-Carleton University)
  • Combined service now

    • Every 3-4 minutes during peak periods
    • Every 7-8 minutes in the midday, Monday-Friday
    • Every 6-10 minutes in the midday on weekends
    • Every 15 minutes in the evening, seven days a week




Additional trips on Routes 1 and 7 are provided for hockey and other events

  • Additional trips on Routes 1 and 7 are provided for hockey and other events

  • Additional trips have been provided for football

  • Special service arrangements have been made for very large events (e.g., les Jeux de la Francophonie, Grey Cup, Rolling Stones)

  • Special bus service from park and ride lots and via Queen Elizabeth Drive for very large events

  • Future service for events can be made better with advanced planning that is built into the site and into event organisation







Current service is every 3-4 minutes during peak periods, to accommodate observed levels of ridership

  • Current service is every 3-4 minutes during peak periods, to accommodate observed levels of ridership

  • Transportation document calculates +350 transit customers to Lansdowne Park during the busiest hour of the morning peak period

  • Additional ridership to/from retail, office, hotel, residential

  • Service would be increased to approximately every 3 minutes

  • Resources (buses, service hours) would be included in transit budget for year of opening (+4 buses, $230,000 net)

  • Service at this level is feasible.



Transit to carry 20 percent of people attending, or 2000 people

  • Transit to carry 20 percent of people attending, or 2000 people

  • 2 min service on Bank Street, one hour before and after event

  • Costs would be funded from charge included in event ticket prices

  • Service at this level is feasible



Transit to carry 20 percent of people attending – 4000 people

  • Transit to carry 20 percent of people attending – 4000 people

  • Transit to also carry 18 percent of people attending from remote parking lots – 3600 people

  • 1 min service on Bank Street, 90 min before and after event

  • Some trips from City Hall, Carleton University, Confederation Heights



Some additional trips on Transitway routes to carry people from across the City for connections downtown and at Billings Bridge

  • Some additional trips on Transitway routes to carry people from across the City for connections downtown and at Billings Bridge

  • Costs would be funded from charge included in event ticket prices

  • No special shuttle buses required, no operation on Queen Elizabeth Drive required

  • Service at this level is feasible with appropriate traffic management measures on Bank Street so that buses flow



Transit to carry 25 percent of people attending – 10,000 people

  • Transit to carry 25 percent of people attending – 10,000 people

  • Shuttle buses from remote parking lots to carry another 25 percent of people – 10,000 people

  • Transit buses to operate 2 trips/min on Bank Street, 2 hours before and after event

  • Additional trips required on Transitway routes to carry people from across the City for connections downtown and at Billings Bridge



May be desirable to provide direct trips from some locations

  • May be desirable to provide direct trips from some locations

  • Costs would be funded from charge included in event ticket prices

  • Parking shuttle buses to operate every 3 min from City Hall, every 1-2 min from Carleton University, every 1-2 min from Confederation Heights

  • Parking shuttle buses to operate via Queen Elizabeth Drive to east side of Lansdowne Park

  • Service at this level is feasible with appropriate traffic management measures on Bank Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive so that buses flow



Events would be outside of peak hours when buses and operators are available

  • Events would be outside of peak hours when buses and operators are available

  • Event tickets would include transit fares to allow buses to load quickly

  • Appropriate traffic management would be in place to keep buses moving on Bank Street

  • Pedestrian crossings of Bank Street would be designed and managed to avoid conflict with buses

  • Activity at and around Lansdowne Park would encourage people to arrive early and leave late



Providing transit service to carry customers is what we do

  • Providing transit service to carry customers is what we do

  • We have provided service of this type to Lansdowne Park in the past and can do so in the future

  • The level of transit service foreseen is feasible to operate

  • There are elements of the strategy that assure feasibility

  • Advanced planning that is built into the site will make event service better than it has been in the past





Managing movement of traffic on City’s Transportation Network

  • Managing movement of traffic on City’s Transportation Network

  • Ensuring this is done in an effective and efficient manner:

    • For day to day needs
    • For special events and activities
    • For all users






Integration of Public Works with OC Transpo, Police, NCC, MTO and event organizers;

  • Integration of Public Works with OC Transpo, Police, NCC, MTO and event organizers;

  • Traffic Management Plans are developed for each type of event;

  • Ensure that traffic entering and exiting site is done in most efficient and effective manner; and,

  • For major events broader network is assessed and managed.





No Events

  • No Events

    • Signal timing plans change to accommodate variation in traffic flows throughout the day
  • Up to 10,000 people (hockey)

    • Pre-planned signal timing implemented
    • Increased traffic flows start approximately 1 to 1.5 hours before event
    • Event is normally cleared within an hour of the end of the event


Up to 20,000 people (football)

  • Up to 20,000 people (football)

    • Pre-planned signal timing implemented
    • Staff at Traffic Control Center monitoring traffic with traffic cameras and adjusting signal timing as required
    • Changes to parking regulations as required in consultation with Councillor, Community Association and BIA
    • Increased traffic flows begin about 90 minutes to 2 hours before event and is cleared within 90 minutes of the end of the event


Over 40,000 people (Grey Cup, Rolling Stones)

  • Over 40,000 people (Grey Cup, Rolling Stones)

    • Traffic Incident Management Group manages weeks/months in advance;
    • Develop traffic management plans for event
      • Priority given to OC Transpo service to get to and from park and ride lots and transitway
      • Road closures, parking restrictions, temporary bus lanes
      • Communications plan;
    • Consultation with Councillor, Community Association, and BIA; and,
    • TIMG at Traffic Control Center monitoring event


Working Group created to develop traffic management plan – met weekly

  • Working Group created to develop traffic management plan – met weekly

  • Consulted with Community Association and businesses

  • Road closures, parking restrictions, and bus lanes on Bank St

  • Shuttle bus from City Hall and bus only access on Queen Elizabeth Driveway

  • Park and Ride lots (Carleton University, Confederation Heights, Algonquin College area and existing P&R lots)

  • Taxi shuttle on Monk St

  • Advertising Campaign

  • Increase in traffic began about 2 hours prior to event and 50,000 people were cleared from site within 2 hours







Ensuring the Transportation Network operates efficiently and effectively is what we do

  • Ensuring the Transportation Network operates efficiently and effectively is what we do

    • We have done in the past …
    • We do it today …
    • We will continue in the future to put plans in place built on the experiences of the present …


Transportation strategy embodies principles and directions of OP and TMP in the context of CC Directions of April 22

  • Transportation strategy embodies principles and directions of OP and TMP in the context of CC Directions of April 22

    • Directions provided for revitalizing stadium and Civic center
    • Reducing hard surface area and increasing green and public open space
    • Enhancing links to Pedestrian and cycle systems
    • Advancing transit options
  • Strategy focused on day to day and special events

  • Strategy builds on past experiences

  • Strategy is high level - while a certain level of assessment had been done to confirm that it can be made to work, additional detailed work remains to be done to develop a Transportation Demand Management Plan for the LPP

  • The additional work would be undertaken through a more detailed Transportation Study



Key areas where additional work is required as part of the study to develop the plan include the following:

  • Key areas where additional work is required as part of the study to develop the plan include the following:

    • Confirm availability of on-street parking
    • Secure arrangements with off-site parking lot owners (Carleton University, Confederation Heights)
    • Continued discussions with NCC to confirm opportunities options related to the QED
    • Determining specifics of transit operational requirements for various event sizes
    • Determining specific traffic management requirements to support transit needs for various events sizes
    • Develop aggressive TDM promotional and communications initiatives that would be rolled out for events







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