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Budget 2012:
Ottawa on the Move 
 
Ottawa on the Move 
takes bold steps to improve our transportation network while atthe same time preparing for construction of phase 1 of the light-rail project, which willbegin in 2013.
Ottawa on the Move 
improves all transportation networks, includingwalking, cycling, transit and roads, to keep our growing city moving. In 2012, asignificant focus will be on advancing road and infrastructure renewal projects.Renewal projects not scheduled for more than half a decade will be accomplishedover the next three years to ensure our roads, bridges and transportationinfrastructure are in a good state of repair as the City prepares for the construction ofOttawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) project.This budget is about maximizing transportation choices for our residents duringOLRT construction - not just ensuring our road network is in a state of good repair.We are also improving cycling infrastructure by implementing an east-west bikewayfrom Vanier to Westboro as well as filling in critical missing links to our pathwaynetwork, providing more active mobility options to residents. This acceleratedrenewal will also take advantage of a low-interest time to invest in capital projects,saving the City money in the long-term. As a result, instead of the three roadresurfacing projects originally planned for 2012, the city will complete over 60projects next year alone through
Ottawa on the Move 
.The City will also see the benefit of key infrastructure projects that are currentlyunderway like the completion of Strandherd-Armstrong Bridge and the AirportParkway pedestrian bridge next year, as well as the Hunt Club interchange in 2013.These key projects in combination with the important work that will be initiated in2012 will also maximize choices to our residents – so that Ottawa remains a citytruly on the move.In total,
Ottawa on the Move 
will see $340 million spent, including $125 million infunds borrowed at the lowest interest rates in 40 years.
Roads 
The largest part of
Ottawa on the Move 
will focus on road resurfacing. Currently oneout of every five roads in Ottawa is in need of renewal or reconstruction. Budget2012 provides $133 million in road improvements over the next three years.
Ottawa on the Move 
will:
Allow the City to take advantage of the current financial and business climatein order to bring maximum benefit for taxpayer dollars, saving $12.9 millionwhen compared to the original capital plan.
Keep Ottawa’s economy moving by creating the equivalent of more than2,500 jobs over three years.
Focus on renewing the main arteries and those routes that are to be used tokeep transit moving during LRT construction.
Fund the resurfacing of more than 200 kilometres of paved roads from 2012to 2014.
Provide more than 70 kilometres of on-road bike lanes and paved shouldersto improve active transportation.
Gravel surfacing for the Ottawa-Carleton Trail from Ashton Station Road toFitzgerald Road.
Address more than 20 kilometres in sidewalks needs through a $4-millionsidewalk renewal program where no funding previously existed.
 
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Ensure best value for dollar. With the industry showing signs of slowing down, excess capacity will beavailable, and the competitive environment will allow for favourable pricing. This, coupled with the stableand predictable funding source this program offers, will keep tendering competitive and costs low.The breakdown of road projects to be undertaken within the three-year allocation is as follows:
28 integrated sewer, water and road projects
120 road resurfacing projects
27 bridge and overpass projects
Over 40 sidewalk and pathway renewal projects
Ottawa on the Move 
will undertake the following projects over the course of 2012-2014.
Cycling 
Ottawa is on its way to becoming a far more bike-friendly city. Since amalgamation, cycling paths have almostdoubled, going from approximately 360 kilometres in 2000 to the current 685 kilometres of bike lanes, pavedshoulders and multi-use pathways.Last year, the effort to complete our network received an $8-million commitment over four years in additionalfunding. In 2011, we implemented Ontario’s first downtown segregated bike lane on Laurier Avenue and apedestrian tunnel under the Somerset Street Bridge with this funding.Budget 2012 provides an additional $12.1 million through
Ottawa on the Move 
to help build and maintain theexisting cycling path network. On top of this, through road growth and renewal, the City will be increasing our on-road facilities over the next three years to improve cycling by providing bike lanes and paved shoulders on morethan 70 kilometres of routes identified as part of the cycling network. It is estimated that the resurfacing programwill provide an additional $6 million towards these cycling improvements as part of these road works.In total, this term of Council will provide $24 million — the largest financial commitment to promoting cycling andactive mobility our city has ever seen.The network of cycling paths is getting a big additional boost through
Ottawa on the Move 
. Over the next threeyears, cycling funding will go toward implementing:
A new multi-use pathway along the O-Train corridor between the Ottawa River and Somerset Street thatwill link the Ottawa River Pathway, Bayview O-Train/Transitway Station, and the new pedestrian/cyclingtunnel under Somerset Street.
Hampton Park Pathway to provide a cycling-friendly east-west route as an alternative to busy CarlingAvenue.
A new multi-use pathway connecting Scott Street pathway to the Ottawa River Pathway.
The Sawmill Creek/LRT Corridor Pathway (from Walkley Road to Brookfield Pathway).
Aviation Pathway (Southern Segment from Prescott-Russell Pathway to Innes Road).
The implementation of a 12-kilometre east-west bikeway from Vanier to Westboro, includingimprovements to the multi-use pathway along Scott, and the implementations of improved infrastructurefor cyclists on Cobourg, Churchill and O’Connor.
Detailed design of the pedestrian and bike crossing over the Rideau River at Somerset and Donald.
Over $1 million in new funding to improve pedestrian connectivity and multi-use pathways.In total, the 2012 draft capital budget identifies approximately six kilometres of new multi-use pathwayconnections and 12 kilometres of new on-road cycling facilities. This is in addition to over 70 kilometres ofadditional on-road bike lanes and paved shoulders that will result from the resurfacing program.
 
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Transit 
In 2011, OC Transpo realized a number of key achievements:
$22 million in annualized savings through the route optimization process ($19.5 million in routeoptimization and $2.5 million from various other efficiencies).
Improved Park and Ride by adding 210 additional stalls to Riverview (for a total of 365 spots), and 570additional stalls to Fallowfield (for a total of 1,665 spots).
Offered free transit service to seniors on Monday and Friday afternoons, as well as all day Wednesdaysto help seniors stay active and engaged in their community and assist seniors who are on fixed incomes.
The Next Bus Arrivals service, a new navigation tool has given customers real-time SMS schedules fortheir buses through text messaging 560560.The Draft 2012 Budget recognizes that OC Transpo faced a number of growing pains last year, namely a 12-per-cent fuel increase combined with an estimated six-per-cent ridership increase.Recognizing these challenges, especially the need for additional service to meet growing demand, 2012 will see:
Transit fares increases held to 2.5 per cent.
$5.5 million in additional funding provided to add some 66,000 service hours to address growingdemands on our system.
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$2.3 million of this increase will be targeted at adding capacity to the routes now experiencingovercrowding.
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This increased service will begin on busy routes such as the 87, 94, 95 and 96 by January 1,2012.
Arrival of the first of the 75 new double-decker buses worth $81 million.
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This will help to increase bus capacity and comfort on the busiest express routes.
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Design modifications to this purchase have also helped the City save over $6 million in estimatedinfrastructure modifications.
The $59 million O-Train expansion will provide for the purchase of six new Alstom trains and the capitalworks required to increase peak service frequency from 15 minutes to eight minutes.
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This expanded O-Train service will begin September 2014.
$1 million in funding to rehabilitate existing transit roadway infrastructure.
A single Para Transpo rural fare zone set at $8.25 effective January 1, 2012.The investments proposed in the Draft 2012 Budget will help make continued enhancements to the transitsystem. The City will:
Introduce the PRESTO card, which will provide a new, secure, transferable and convenient way topurchase fares and bus passes
Invest in Park & Ride facilities: increase Trim Road capacity by 380 spots, and 100 spots for Park & Rideuse at Scotiabank PlaceOC Transpo will table its 2012 Business Plan in December, which will include:
A marketing plan to introduce the next-generation fare system, revitalize OC Transpo’s brand, buildstronger customer relationships, and generate new revenues.
An updated service plan that builds on the recent service rationalization and prepares for both O-Trainservice changes and the introduction of double-decker buses.
An updated fleet plan for the acquisition, refurbishment and retirement of buses.
An updated facilities plan that outlines steps to improve the cost effectiveness and sustainability of OCTranspo’s many facilities.
An updated technology plan to increase the efficiency of its technologies.
A new accessibility plan to optimize services for persons with disabilities.Budget 2012 also provides $7.7 million in funding for the Coventry overpass to the VIA Rail Train Station. In co-ordination with Ministry of Transportation Queensway-widening project, the City is constructing a multi-usepathway spanning the Queensway that will provide a connection between the Overbrook community, and theVIA Rail and future LRT station.

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