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Decisions in Brief SPC on Transportation

For immediate release: November 9, 2017 - 11:39am
MR17-224

From the November 6, 2017 Meeting of the SPC on Transportation

7.2.2 Plan for Growth – Bus Rapid Transit Preferred Configuration

Decision

*The Committee carried unanimously a motion to recommend to City Council that the preferred configuration and conceptual network for the Bus Rapid Transit system, as outlined in the report of the General Manager, Community Services Department dated November 6, 2017, be approved as the basis for further engagement and design.

Background

*At its July 26, 2017 meeting, City Council awarded a contract to HDR for Bus Rapid and Conventional Transit Planning, Design, and Engineering Services. The major deliverables of this project include:

a) Existing Conditions Assessment;

b) a BRT Functional Plan;

c) BRT Station Design;

d) BRT Detailed Design;

e) a Park and Ride Study and Concept Design;

f) a Transit System Plan; and

g) an Implementation Plan.

7.2.3 Protected Bike Lane Demonstration Project – Evaluation Next Steps

Decision

*The Committee carried a motion to recommend to City Council:

  1. That a provision for protected bike lanes be included in the Downtown All Ages and Abilities cycling network;
  2. That the Administration develop a Downtown All Ages and Abilities cycling network (including protected bike lanes) in concert with other downtown policy and planning initiatives in 2018;
  3. That the existing protected bike lanes on 23rd Street (from Spadina Crescent to Idylwyld Drive) and 4th Avenue (from 20thStreet to 24th Street) be retained until the Downtown All Ages and Abilities cycling network is developed; and
  4. That the report of the A/General Manager, Transportation & Utilities Department dated November 6, 2017 be forwarded to the Traffic Safety Committee for information.

Background

*City Council, at its meeting held on March 23, 2015, resolved:

“1. That the protected bike lanes be installed on 23rd Street (from Spadina Crescent to Idylwyld Drive) as a demonstration projects in 2015; and

2. That the protected bike lanes be installed on 4th Avenue (from 19th Street to 24th Street) as a demonstration project in 2016; and

3. That the curb parking be installed on the north side of 24th Street between Ontario Avenue and Idylwyld Drive.”

The Growth Plan, endorsed by City Council in 2016, provides guidance for civic investments in infrastructure and support programs over the short, medium, and long term that will shape growth patterns and increase transportation choices, in order to achieve the social, economic, and environmental aspirations of the community. The Active Transportation (AT) Plan, endorsed by City Council in 2016, also identified the need to improve cycling for people of all ages and abilities, and recommended the Administration develop a Downtown AAA network.

7.2.4 Winter Road Maintenance – 2018 Snow & Ice Maintenance Program Options

Decision

*The Committee carried unanimously a motion to recommend to 2018 Preliminary Business Plan and Budget deliberations:

That Option 1 be implemented as outlined in the report of the A/General Manager, Transportation & Utilities Department dated November 6, 2017.

Background

*The City of Saskatoon Winter Road Maintenance Level of Service document was included in the 2016 Budget package which resulted in City Council approval of a five year incremental mill rate increase of 0.55 mills per year of additional funding. City Council, at its meeting held on March 27, 2017, considered the 2016-2017 Winter Road Maintenance – Operations Update report and resolved, in part:

“2. That the Administration look into and report back on the possibility of further snow clearing activities during snow events on Priority One Streets.

Due to budgetary pressures in April 2017, the mill rate increase was deferred. Over the spring of 2017, Administration conducted a comprehensive engagement study to identify winter maintenance improvements that would most significantly improve accessibility across different transportation modes including passenger vehicles, transit riders, cyclists, and sidewalk users. City Council, at its meeting held on August 28, 2017, considered the Snow and Ice Management Service Level report and resolved, in part:

“2. That Option 2 as outlined in Attachment 2 of the report of the A/General Manager, Transportation & Utilities Department be recommended to the 2018 Preliminary Budget and Business Plan deliberations; and

3. That the Administration report on phasing in Option 5 on reducing corporate costs related to snow management facilities for the 2018 Preliminary Budget and Business Plan deliberations.”