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        Completion of the study

  1. Are the parameters for the study of the west end the same as those that were used for the east?
  2. Is the study objective?
  3. What has been done since June 2015? 2013? 2011?
  4. Is the consulting firm conducting the study the same firm that worked on the study for the Rapibus?

    Consultation process
  5. Has the study ended and where does the consultation fit in?
  6. Will the consultation in October be accessible and inclusive?
  7. Is it absolutely necessary to attend the “open house” events to submit an opinion?

    Scenarios and corridors
  8. Why is scenario A among the options being studied? How is it different from the current system?
  9. Why is it not possible to concentrate on both Aylmer-Taché AND Allumettières? Why are they not complementary?
  10. What were the 12 possible solutions studied?
  11. Why is Lucerne not among the corridors being studied?
  12. Will there be bus service along Pink?
  13. Why not use the Lac-des-Fées Parkway to avoid intersections and get to the Rapibus, UQO or Prince of Wales Bridge?
  14. Is the link with the existing Rapibus being considered?

    Alignment with Ottawa

  15. Knowing that Ottawa wants to reduce the number of buses downtown, how does the STO plan to carry passengers to Ottawa?
  16. Is the Prince of Wales Bridge among the options being considered for the services heading to Ottawa?
  17. Is the STO studying the possibility of commuter ferries like in Vancouver or Halifax?
  18. Is the loop system recommended in the Interprovincial Transit Strategy for the National Capital Region still in the plans?

    Planned service

  19. What is the planned service level for each scenario?
  20. Is the STO planning to offer better service in the evening and on weekends? At night?

    Transportation modes

  21. Is the tram among the options being studied?
  22. Is BRT a transitional technology?
  23. Are you studying the economic benefits of the different modes of public transit?
  24. What is the role of hybrid and all-electric buses in public transit development?

    Criteria considered

  25. What factors are being considered in the multi-criteria analysis and how are they weighted?
  26. Does the STO plan to encourage intermodal transportation, for instance by allowing passengers to board with their bikes?
  27. How is universal accessibility being prioritized in the improvements to the public transit system in the western part of Gatineau?
  28. Is the STO taking the already existing living environments into account? Does it have the objective to contribute to revitalizing the main streets?
  29. Is the quality of life of residents in Val-Tétreau, which is affected by the noise caused by bus traffic, being taken into consideration?
  30. How does the STO plan to reach the City of Gatineau's objectives in terms of sustainable development?
  31. Will the STO set GHG emission reduction targets for itself in the development of public transit?
  32. Is reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) an objective targeted by the new system?
  33. Will the project make it possible to add new bicycle paths along Aylmer Road and/or in the Aylmer sector?

    Funding and cost effectiveness

  34. The STO is considering the costs in its criteria, but is it also considering the funding available? Is the STO taking federal government funding into account?
  35. Will the project be financially viable? Will it pay for itself through fares from new riders?
  36. City of Gatineau's land use and development plan
  37. How does the STO see the western part of Gatineau in 10, 15, 25 years?
  38. Has the City of Gatineau consulted the residents in Aylmer for developing the land use plan?

Completion of the study

1-Are the parameters for the study of the west end the same as those that were used for the east?

Studies submitted for funding from the Quebec government must comply with Quebec government requirements and a specific methodology must be followed. In contrast, the study conducted in 2004 was a feasibility study. It followed on a long land use planning and transportation organization process, in which the railway corridor had already been identified for implementing a rapid public transit system. The subsequent cost-benefit analysis in 2006 compared four modes of transportation along this railway corridor in order to select the most beneficial one from a socio-economic aspect. In the case of the city's west end, no corridor has been determined yet and the study is being conducted as an opportunity study, where the choice of corridor and mode will be determined with the help of a multi-criteria analysis and cost-benefit analyses.

2-Is the study objective?

The study is based on technical considerations and follows the methodology used for conducting opportunity studies. A technical committee comprised of members of the STO and its partners is ensuring that the study is objective. The study will provide a recommendation based on the recommended technical solution.

 3-What has been done since June 2015? 2013? 2011?

The study started in 2010 as a feasibility study. In 2013, the study parameters were modified in order to continue as an opportunity study, including analyses of travel patterns, generated using the regional transportation planning model (TRANS modebpand cost-benefit analyses. Since then, the study has continued with the completion of the following phases:

  • Analysis of current and future travel needs and challenges
  • Identification of the target objectives for the scenario that will be recommended
  • Identification of 12 possible scenarios
  • Based on the analysis of the 12 possible scenarios, selection of 3 scenarios with the best potential
  • Detailed development of the 3 scenarios and analysis of their impacts, both positive and negative

Delays in updating the regional transportation planning model are the reason behind the extension of the study schedule.

4-Is the consulting firm conducting the study the same firm that worked on the study for the Rapibus?
The firm that is currently conducting the study is the Roche-Genivar consortium. The detailed feasibility study of a rapid public transit system for the Outaouais in 2004 was carried out by the Roche-Deluc-Tecsult consortium in cooperation with the McCormick-Rankin Corporation. Roche has thus worked in a consortium with another firm in both studies, but the work team is made up of different people.

Consultation process

5-Has the study ended and where does the consultation fit in?
The study has not ended yet. The scenarios being studied have been identified and the consultant is working on their details. However, a number of questions are still awaiting answers to provide more details for the scenarios and to evaluate them. This will be the subject of the public consultation.

6-Will the consultation in October be accessible and inclusive?
Yes. All citizens will have a chance to submit their comments via an online questionnaire (compatible with displays) or a paper form between October 17 and November 13. In addition, the locations chosen for the “open house” events, which are the Front and Plateau community centres, are accessible for people with reduced mobility.

7-Is it absolutely necessary to attend the “open house” events to submit an opinion?
No. The purpose of the events on October 19 and 20 is to give you a chance to talk with the professionals and consultants in charge of the study and ask them your questions, but all the necessary information will be available at sto.ca/consultation as of October 17. In addition, you can also send us your questions by e-mail. You can then share your preferences and comments with us until November 13 via a questionnaire that will be available online and in paper format.

Scenarios and corridors

8-Why is scenario A among the options being studied? How is it different from the current system?
Scenario A is an improvement of the current bus system. The bus routes are redistributed on the main east-west axes, including Allumettières, to reduce the pressure on the Aylmer/Taché reserved lane. Reserved lanes and priority measures at traffic lights have been added at the main congestion points.
This scenario is included in the options being studied in order to determine how any smaller scale measures would be able to address the objectives set and whether it is justified to consider larger scale solutions. Analysing this scenario is part of the methodology for conducting opportunity studies.

9-Why is it not possible to concentrate on both Aylmer-Taché AND Allumettières? Why are they not complementary? A combination of scenarios could effectively be the recommended scenario.

10-What were the 12 possible solutions studied?
Twelve possible solutions were studied, with three proposed scenarios being retained. The possible solutions were compared in terms of:

  • Population within walking distance, current and projected
  • Employment and activity hubs within walking distance, current and projected
  • Average travel time for all riders west of Gatineau Park
  • Implementation difficulty
  • Institutional constraints

The possible solutions are:

 

 

 

Possible solution

Decision

Comments

1

Lucerne

Not retained

There are fewer employment hubs within walking distance than the other possible solutions. Constraints related to the vocation of Lucerne limit the development possibilities.

2

Aylmer/Taché

Retained (Scenario B)

 

3

Aylmer - railway

Retained (Scenario B1)

 

4

Allumettières - Vanier - Aylmer/Taché

Not retained

There are fewer people and employment hubs within walking distance than the other possible solutions.

5

Vanier - Aylmer/Taché

Not retained

There are fewer people and employment hubs within walking distance than the other possible solutions. The travel times for everyone in the west end are longer.

6

Allumettières

Retained (Scenario C)

 

7

Allumettières - Plateau - Saint-Raymond - Taché

Not retained

The travel times for everyone in the west end are longer.

8

Allumettières - Plateau

Retained (Scenario C1)

 

9

Allumettières - Plateau - Gamelin

Not retained

The extension of Gamelin that was recently changed to a multi-use path is not available to accommodate a public transit axis.

10

Allumettières - Plateau - Saint-Raymond - Saint-Joseph

Not retained

The travel times for everyone in the west end are longer (winding routes).

11

Allumettières - Vanier - Pink

Not retained

The travel times for everyone in the west end are longer. There are fewer people within walking distance than the other possible solutions.

12

Aylmer - Pont Champlain

Retained (Scenario B2)

 

See the maps of the 12 possible solutions studied 

11-Why is Lucerne not among the corridors being studied?
Lucerne was part of the 12 possible solutions studied. Although the axis for Lucerne and the former railway is not geographically central, it serves a large local population, especially in the Aylmer sector, while also offering interesting potential service speeds and a good implementation capacity. However, it is subject to several constraints related to the existence of a natural environment that is home to a valued habitat providing a visual framework to be preserved. It also serves sectors that should see little growth in the future. It was not retained in the three scenarios studied in detail because the Aylmer-Taché and Allumettières scenarios presented better potential.

12- Will there be bus service along Pink?

Bus service will continue to run along Pink.

13-Why not use the Lac-des-Fées Parkway to avoid intersections and get to the Rapibus, UQO or Prince of Wales Bridge?
Using the Lac-des-Fées Parkway is a possible option for avoiding the roundabouts on Allumettières. However, the Lac-des-Fées Parkway is not near residential areas and employment hubs, namely those in the Allumettières/Saint-Joseph area, which could be served by using the roundabouts on Allumettières.

14-Is the link with the existing Rapibus being considered?
One of the objectives of the study is that the public transit system in the city's west end be able to connect with the Rapibus to make travel easier between all city sectors.

Alignment with Ottawa

15-Knowing that Ottawa wants to reduce the number of buses downtown, how does the STO plan to carry passengers to Ottawa?
Discussions are in progress with Ottawa to determine how the STO could carry riders to Ottawa, once the light rail starts service in 2018.

16-Is the Prince of Wales Bridge among the options being considered for the services heading to Ottawa?
The Prince of Wales Bridge is among the possible options for crossing to Ottawa. Besides the benefits of using this bridge, several issues must be considered, namely the fact that this bridge has only one lane, like the Pont Noir bridge, that the initial cost estimates for renovating this bridge are high, that service to downtown Gatineau must also be planned, and that once on the Ottawa side, it is necessary to get downtown (additional transfer or arrangements to anticipate). 

17- Is the STO studying the possibility of commuter ferries like in Vancouver or Halifax?
At this time, this option is not being considered. The STO would like to limit the number of transfers for its riders.

18-Is the loop system recommended in the Interprovincial Transit Strategy for the National Capital Region still in the plans?
The loop system linking the downtown areas is still being considered. In fact it is mentioned in the City of Gatineau's land use and development plan. The objective of this system is to make travel easier between the downtown areas of Gatineau and Ottawa. It is a link that supplements the services offered between Gatineau and Ottawa during peak periods.

Planned service

19-What is the planned service level for each scenario?
The service level for each scenario depends on the mode that will be selected and its capacity, the arrival conditions in Ottawa, the choice of offering a service with transfers or direct routes, etc. The service level has thus not yet been determined at this stage.

20-Is the STO planning to offer better service in the evening and on weekends? At night?
The STO would always like to improve its evening and weekend service, and the service offered depends on demand and the resources available. The STO is currently reviewing its service standards to define the minimum service to offer during these periods. 

Transportation modes

21-Is the tram among the options being studied?
The tram is one of the transportation modes being looked into by the consultant.

22-Is BRT a transitional technology?
The mode recommended by the study should meet the travel needs of the population in the western part of Gatineau for the next 30 to 40 years. In the longer term, another technology could be considered.

23-Are you studying the economic benefits of the different modes of public transit?
The different modes of public transit can result in smaller or larger economic benefits. The economic benefits usually appear several years after the construction of a structuring public transit system and it is difficult to evaluate their extent. Some studies suggest that public transit does not create new economic activity in a city. In addition, to gain from economic benefits, the neighbourhood must already be attractive or made attractive by public investments (incentives, developments, etc.). That is why these economic benefits are not considered in the cost-benefit analyses for transportation systems.

24-What is the role of hybrid and all-electric buses in public transit development?
Based on government policy directions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and electrifying transportation, the STO is preparing to electrify its bus fleet. In this context, since 2015, all new buses purchased by the STO have been hybrid buses, and within a few years, once the technology has been tested for Quebec, they will be 100% electric.

Criteria considered

25-What factors are being considered in the multi-criteria analysis and how are they weighted?
The factors being considered in the multi-criteria will be presented at the public consultations in October. Their weighting will be among the topics that the population will be invited to comment on.

26-Does the STO plan to encourage intermodal transportation, for instance by allowing passengers to board with their bikes?
The STO encourages intermodal transportation. It would like to enable riders to walk or cycle to the stations, to park their bikes at stops or to board the public transit vehicle with them.

27-How is universal accessibility being prioritized in the improvements to the public transit system in the western part of Gatineau?
The principles of universal accessibility will be integrated into the design of the system once the scenario has been chosen. At this phase of selecting the scenario and mode, all options are compatible with the principles of universal accessibility.

28-Is the STO taking the needs of families and students into account?
Serving academic areas and nearby services such as schools and libraries are elements that are being considered in the study.

29-Is the STO taking the already existing living environments into account? Does it have the objective to contribute to revitalizing the main streets?
The existing living environments are being considered in the analysis of the scenarios, as well as the sectors being developed, the sectors requiring urban revitalization and the urban development potential related to the project.

30-Is the quality of life of residents in Val-Tétreau, which is affected by the noise caused by bus traffic, being taken into consideration?
Annoyances such as the noise caused by the buses are elements that are being considered in the study.

31-How does the STO plan to reach the City of Gatineau's objectives in terms of sustainable development?
The STO would like to contribute to making sustainable development a priority in Gatineau, according to one of the directions in the city's land use and development plan. To do this, the STO would like to introduce a public transit system in Gatineau's west end that will make it possible to reduce dependence on the automobile and to increase the modal share of public transit.

32-Will the STO set GHG emission reduction targets for itself in the development of public transit?
The STO would like to set GHG emission reduction targets as part of its 2016-2025 strategic plan, which will be tabled in late 2016.

33-Is reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs) an objective targeted by the new system?
Limiting environmental burdens, such as greenhouse gas emissions, is an objective targeted by the new system. Electrifying transportation will also have a major impact on reducing greenhouse gases.

34-Will the project make it possible to add new bicycle paths along Aylmer Road and/or in the Aylmer sector?
The STO would like to encourage bicycle use and is collaborating with Gatineau in this respect. However, the possibility of including a bicycle path along Aylmer Road is limited because of the restricted space available.

Funding and cost effectiveness

35-The STO is considering the costs in its criteria, but is it also considering the funding available? Is the STO taking federal government funding into account?
The costs of the system (capital, maintenance and operating costs) are being considered in the selection criteria for the scenarios. However, the funding available is not part of the selection criteria for the scenarios. The conclusions of the study will focus on the solution recommended from the technical perspective, independent of the funding available.

 36-Will the project be financially viable? Will it pay for itself through fares from new riders?
The cost-benefit analyses completed in the study will make it possible to determine whether the scenario is viable from a socio-economic standpoint. The benefits considered include the reduced travel time for riders (car and bus), decreased use of vehicles (car and bus), improved road safety and improved air quality.
The system will not pay for itself through fares from new riders. If the project is financed, the funds will come primarily from grants from the Quebec government, the federal government (through grant programs administered by the Quebec government) and the City of Gatineau.
Currently, passenger revenues represent 25% of the STO's operating budget.

City of Gatineau's land use and development plan

37-How does the STO see the western part of Gatineau in 10, 15, 25 years?
The STO is relying on Gatineau's development forecasts, according to the city's vision set out in the City of Gatineau's land use and development plan.

38-Has the City of Gatineau consulted the residents in Aylmer for developing the land use plan?
The City of Gatineau consulted all the residents in Gatineau for developing the land use plan. The details of the consultation process and the consultation reports are available on the city's Web site.

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