Lansdowne shuttle route changed for next Redblacks game

le .

Bus load on Lakeside Avenue cut by at least half for Friday game

Carys Mills, Ottawa Citizen

There will be fewer shuttle buses taking Lakeside Avenue for Friday's Redblacks game, following concerns from some residents of the quiet street.

Capital Ward Coun. David Chernushenko said Monday that changes to the shuttle route for this week's game will result in at least a 50-per-cent reduction in the number of shuttle buses taking Lakeside Avenue, which is close to Dow's Lake.

"Nothing is permanent, in that this going to be tested. We'll be crunching the numbers," Chernushenko said, adding assessment of the "pilot project" will include how long new routes take and whether they cause changes to shuttle usage.

Instead of taking Lakeside Avenue, buses picking people up at the Canada Post and Vincent Massey Park parking lots will use Heron Road and Prince of Wales Drive to get to Queen Elizabeth Driveway and ultimately TD Place.

Also being assessed in the pilot project will be the diversion of out-of-service buses to and from Carleton University and the R.A. Centre.

Some deadheaded pre-game buses on those routes will be diverted on to Preston Street and Carling Avenue and timed to judge the effectiveness of the trial route.

That diversion could reduce bus volumes on Lakeside Avenue by an extra 15 per cent.

City to divert majority of Lansdowne shuttle buses off of Lakeside

le .

Alison Sandor, CFRA

The City will divert the majority of game day shuttle buses to TD Place off of a small residential road in Old Ottawa South.

Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko told CFRA's Madely in the Morning, they will be diverting most buses off of Lakeside Avenue.

"We found a way to reduce the number of shuttle buses that will use Lakeside by more than 65 per cent," said Chernushenko.

He said they've determined it is better for the majority of buses to use another route.

"We found that people who are taking shuttles from Canada Post and Vincent Massey Park - the shuttle parking lots there - that running the buses down Heron, then the Prince of Wales Driveway onto QED [Queen Elizabeth Driveway] to Lansdowne, that's just as fast, maybe even faster than using the route that was Bronson and Lakeside," said Chernushenko.

He said they've also decided that empty buses will also be re-routed off of residential streets. Post-game buses will also use a longer route to get back to the parking lots.

"By that time in the evening, the traffic is so light on the streets, we feel that they can still be an effective, efficient route," Chernushenko said of the main routes.

Lakeside residents have been protesting the use of their street - saying it was dangerous to run 500 shuttle buses up their small road every REDBLACKS and Fury game.

Thirty-five per cent of shuttles will still be running along Lakeside, but Chernushenko said they will still be looking at improvements that they can make.

RedBlacks shuttles reduced on Lakeside Ave.

le .

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Sun

Fewer shuttle buses will rumble down a residential street near Dows Lake before this week's Ottawa RedBlacks game.

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said Monday that the number TD Place-bound shuttles taking Lakeside Ave. will be reduced by 65-70% [note: 50% is more likely, according to City staff] for the Friday night game.

Lakeside Ave. is a short stretch that connects Bronson Ave. with Queen Elizabeth Dr. Shuttle buses have been using the road travelling to and from parking lots at Canada Post and Vincent Massey Park. Residents of the road don't like the constant flow of hundreds of buses each game night.

Now, many of those buses will take Heron Rd. and Prince of Wales Dr. to access Queen Elizabeth Dr. en route to TD Place.

"It's just as fast, maybe even faster," Chernushenko said.

The dead-head buses going back to pick up more fans from the parking lots will use Carling Ave. and no post-game shuttles will use Lakeside Ave., he said.

A special Lansdowne Park transportation committee met Friday to review the shuttle plans. The committee has even been reviewing video of the traffic flows to help officials make changes.

"We will be constantly tweaking it," Chernushenko said.

The free bike parking at Lansdowne has been well-used for the football games and Chernushenko hopes more cyclists will use the service. Cyclists who have been locking to posts on Bank St. are encouraged to use the bike parking at Lansdowne to free up space on Bank St. sidewalks, he said.

The next challenge will be to convince the National Capital Commission to continue allowing shuttle buses on Queen Elizabeth Dr. for RedBlacks games. The shuttle access is a pilot project for the first half of the season.

Chernushenko doesn't see how the shuttle system would function properly without using Queen Elizabeth Dr. since there would be a crush of people and buses on Bank St.

Twitter: @JonathanWilling

Homeowners have a right to be peeved

le .

And Lakeside Avenue residents should not be called NIMBYs over bus issue

Joanne Chianello, Ottawa Citizen

Sometimes NIMBYism gets a bad rap.

Apparently, to avoid being tagged as indulging in Not-In-My-Backyard hypocrisy, we're supposed to be thrilled when, say, a 15-storey condo goes up at the end of our leafy residential street. Density is great! We are likewise expected to jump for joy when the city reroutes hundreds of transit buses down our quiet blocks.

That is, of course, ridiculous. We don't as a rule feign delight when our environs are disrupted. Yet we tend to shrug our collective shoulders at the annoyances other parts of the city might experience — the indifference that's the flip side of the Not-In-My-Back-Yard mentality.

It's a natural instinct. That's not to say that NIMBYism is desirable — if we want the city to grow and improve, we all need to embrace change and, sometimes, inconvenience — but it's understandable.

There isn't a person in Ottawa who wouldn't be furious if this happened on his or her own street, even if it was only a dozen times a year.

Not every complaint about new development can be reduced to mere NIMBYism, though. Case in point: the Lakeside Avenue residents' protest against hundreds of football-game shuttles trundling down their normally serene residential street.

In an effort to get thousands of fans to Redblacks games, CFL-franchise owner Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is running shuttles from four off-site parking lots to Lansdowne Park. The shuttles are a great idea. Lansdowne isn't on any major transportation or rapid-transit routes, and there isn't room for most fans to drive — or park — at (or even near) the TD Place stadium.

There's only one catch, at least for the 20 or so homeowners who live on Lakeside: Their tiny street is being used by these shuttles to connect from Bronson Avenue to Queen Elizabeth Driveway. While OSEG employs 90 shuttles for each game, each vehicle makes multiple runs. That means more than 500 bus trips down the street for hours on game nights.