January 30, 2020
Update on the additional study
- The study confirms the need for a tram
- Reminder of the three scenarios still under study
- Analyses of the Ottawa integration options
- Next steps
- News release
- Technical briefing (available in french)
As part of the additional study for a dedicated public transit system in Gatineau's west end, the five scenarios presented were analyzed and compared to identify the solution that would best meet the needs of Gatineau's residents.
The study confirms the need for a tram component
Over the next 15 years, the number of public transit users crossing the Portage Bridge in the direction of Ottawa during the morning peak period will increase from 3,500 to approximately 7,500 passengers per hour. In order to respond to that increase, the total number of buses required would saturate the reserved lane, even with the use of articulated and bi-articulated buses. In addition, adding buses to meet the growth in ridership in subsequent years would only worsen the situation and further tie up traffic. In that regard, the “reference” and “all bus” scenarios using only buses were not deemed viable because they would not be able to meet future demand. Thus, they have not been included for the remainder of the study.
Additional information about the two excluded scenarios:
As a result, the three remaining scenarios all include a tram component: the “all tram” and the two “hybrid” scenarios.
It is important to remember that during the public consultations held in June 2019, of the five scenarios under study, 78% of respondents favoured at least one of the three scenarios that included rails.
Reminder of the three scenarios still under study
All-tram scenario (T1)
The all-tram scenario would be serviced only by trams along the Allumettières/Wilfrid-Lavigne/Aylmer/Taché axes, with a branch from boulevard du Plateau to boulevard Saint-Raymond.
First hybrid scenario (tram on Allumettières/Plateau) (H1)
In the first hybrid scenario, the Allumettières/Plateau axis would be serviced by trams. The Allumettières/Wilfrid-Lavigne/Aylmer/Taché axis would be serviced by a rapid bus system involving articulated or bi-articulated buses.
Second hybrid scenario (tram on Aylmer/Taché)
In the second hybrid scenario, the Allumettières/Wilfrid-Lavigne/Aylmer/Taché axis would be serviced by trams. The Allumettières/Plateau axis would be serviced by a rapid bus system involving articulated or bi-articulated buses.
Analyses of the Ottawa integration options
Another essential aspect of the project is the link to the Ottawa system.
In the interest of identifying an optimal solution to the needs and constraints of the different project partners, the STO will fast-track a number of analyses for the integration into downtown Ottawa that had initially been planned for later in the project.
These analyses will elaborate on aspects such as :
- the integration options;
- the number of required stations;
- the safety issues;
- the impact on public transit traffic;
- the quality of correspondence with the O-Train;
- the impact on automobile traffic in the downtown and at intersections; and
- the issues of boarding and disembarking at the docks.
It should be noted that during the public consultation held this past June, 58% of respondents indicated that they would like the future structuring system to go beyond Ottawa's Lyon station.
These additional analyses will be used to assess the best options for meeting riders' needs.
Phase 3 of the additional study is a analyses of the three remaining scenarios as well as the downtown Ottawa integration, in order to then identify the scenario recommended from a technical point of view in Phase 4.
This study is being financed by contributions from the federal government and provincial government under the financial assistance program of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).