detours on Confed.line

Transit Service Detours
during Confederation
Line Construction
Transit Commission
December 9, 2013
• Construction of the Confederation Line requires
closure of sections of the Transitway for conversion
to light rail
• During construction, bus service normally on the
Transitway will need to move to parallel corridors
• This is an integral part of the Confederation Line
• The Confederation Line project includes the
construction of parallel corridors for transit service
Events Affecting
Transitway Service
• June 2013 – Transitway closed at Laurier/Nicholas
• 2014 – Highway 417 expansion, Ottawa on the Move
• June 2015 – Booth Street closes at LeBreton
• October 2015 – Transitway closes, Hurdman to Blair
• February 2016 – Transitway closes, Merton to LeBreton
• May 2016 – Transitway closes, Laurier to Hurdman
• June 2016 – Transitway closes, Tunney’s Pasture to Merton
• 2018 – Confederation Line opens
Impacts on Customers
• As each section of the Transitway closes, bus service
will be moved to the parallel corridors
• Customers’ travel time will be longer by several
• Service standards stay the same
• As some stations close, customers’ connection points
between bus routes will change
Impacts on Operations
• Longer bus travel time along the parallel corridors
increases operating costs to provide the same capacity
• More buses required, more operating and maintenance
staff required
• Example:
– Trips every 5 minutes on a route that takes 30 minutes to
complete – 6 buses required
– Trips every 5 minutes on a route that takes 35 minutes to
complete – 7 buses required
– Same capacity (buses every 5 minutes), higher operating costs
(1 more bus and one more operator required)
Impacts on Costs
• More buses required – need to buy or lease more
buses, above the current fleet
• More operating staff required – enough operators to
drive the additional buses
• More maintenance staff required – enough service
staff to maintain the additional buses
• More fuel and other costs incurred
How these impacts have been
accommodated in the project
• Bidders on light rail contract were given strong financial
incentives to minimise impact on transit service
• Council approved expansion of O-Train service to provide
additional north-south transit capacity – to be completed
and open in 2014
• Council has approved $74 million in funding:
– $63 million for additional operating costs (part of light rail approval,
December 2012)
– $11 million for acquisition of buses (part of the 2014 capital
Planning Service and
• Each bidder prepared a different construction plan, with
different phasing and different detours
• Once RTG was selected to build the Confederation
Line, OC Transpo staff began to plan service
arrangements under the selected construction plan
• OC Transpo staff developed bus route and connection
point options to minimise customer inconvenience and
to minimise additional operating cost
Transitway Realignment
at Laurier
• In operation since June 2013
• Has added 1 to 2 minutes to customers’ travel time
• 2 minutes more built into all scheduled trips
• There were no route changes; all connections were
Booth Street Closure June 2015
• Booth Street will be closed at LeBreton Station to
allow construction of new Booth Street overpass over
Pimisi Station
• Booth Street traffic will be moved to a temporary
Preston extension
• LeBreton Station transferring will take place at the
new intersection of Transitway/Preston extension
Transitway Closure, Hurdman to
Blair - October 2015
• Will be the first major Transitway closure
• Most bus routes will move to new bus lanes on Highway
417 and Road 174, under construction by RTG
• Some bus routes will move to Tremblay Road to
maintain service to the VIA Rail Ottawa Station and
nearby businesses
• Customers who use Cyrville Station will walk to nearby
bus stops
Transitway Closure, Merton
to LeBreton - February 2016
• Bus routes will move to new bus lanes on Scott and
Albert, to be constructed by RTG
• There will be no route changes; all connections will
be maintained
• In discussion with RTG to possibly move the date of
this closure earlier to allow for CSST construction
Transitway Closure, Laurier
to Hurdman - May 2016
• This will be the Transitway closure with the greatest effect
on customers
• Most bus routes will move to Nicholas
• Some bus routes will move to King Edward to maintain
service to the University of Ottawa and nearby locations
• Bus routes for Billings Bridge and South Keys will
continue to serve Hurdman Station
• Connections to Carleton University from the east will be
relocated to St-Laurent Station
Transitway Closure, Tunney’s
Pasture to Merton - June 2016
• Bus routes will move to new bus lanes on Scott, to be
constructed by RTG
• There will be no route changes; all connections will
be maintained
• By this time, Booth Street may be reopened for northsouth traffic on the new overpass
Detours continue until 2018
• Each section of the Transitway, once it closes for
conversion to light rail, will never reopen for buses
• Transitway detours will remain in place until the
Confederation Line opens
• Next set of route changes occurs when the
Confederation Line opens
– Central parts of the Transitway and express routes will be
replaced by train service
– Express and local routes will be adjusted to feed the
Confederation Line stations
Planning Fleet and
Operating Requirements
• Service detours require additional buses, staff, and other costs
• $74 million in funding approved for capital and operating costs
• 22 buses available within current fleet
• Bus acquisition must be initiated in early 2014 because of lead
time to manufacture and deliver buses
• Options examined for bus acquisition:
– What type of buses to acquire?
– How to acquire the buses?
Bus Type Options
• The required capacity could be provided by adding:
– 78 new 40-foot buses
– 52 new articulated buses
– 39 new double-decker buses
• Conclusion:
– Acquire higher-capacity buses
– Both articulated and double-decker buses have lower capital
costs and lower operating costs than 40-foot buses
– Current experience indicates that double-decker buses have
the lowest costs per customer
Bus Acquisition Options
• Leasing
– Investigated by a RFI to suppliers
– Approximately 75% of purchase price for a three-year lease
• Purchase as early replacement
– Buy buses in 2015-16 that would otherwise have been required
in 2019-21 to replace life-expired buses from 2001- 2003
– Use new buses to increase fleet size from 2015-16, retire lifeexpired buses on schedule in 2019-21 to reduce fleet size to
required levels after the Confederation Line opens
• Conclusion:
– Leasing unaffordable
– Early replacement recommended; fits transit affordability plan
Bus Acquisition Strategy
• Go to market to confirm pricing
• Issue RFP for purchase of buses in early 2014
• Advise bidders that decision will be made on all-in
operating and capital costs
• Will provide solid, market-tested capital costs
• Potential for capital costs to be lower with competition
• New buses will meet current standards – security
cameras and DVR, Wi-Fi* automated passenger
*evaluating options for Wi-Fi use, including corporate Wi-Fi strategy
Expected Costs – Ongoing
• Costs are being kept as low as possible
– Assumed very high availability of new buses
– Using cautious estimates of time for detours
– Based on same capacity standards as the rest of the transit
• Operating costs may vary from current calculations
Details of detours still under discussion with RTG
Actual travel time may vary when detours are in place
Actual transit ridership levels could be higher
Bus fleet availability could be better after current projects
• We will manage and adjust to meet the $74 million
Customer Information
• Being developed to help customers adapt to:
– Relocated station platforms
– Relocated connection points
– Longer travel times
– Service benefits to come with the Confederation Line
• Will be ready before first major section of Transitway
closes in 2015
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