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SPC on Transportation Decisions in Brief

For immediate release: January 4, 2018 - 11:25am
MR18-284

From the December 5, 2017 Meeting

6.1.1 Saskatoon Accessibility Advisory Committee – Complete Streets Design and Policy Guide

Decision

*The Committee received the information and passed a recommendation that the Administration engage the Saskatoon Accessibility Advisory Committee in future stakeholder discussion related to the Complete Streets Design and Policy Guide.  

7.1.3 Transit IT Roadmap Update – December 2017

Decision

*The Committee received the information.

Background

*At its meeting held on February 9, 2016, the Standing Policy Committee on Environment, Utilities & Corporate Services considered the Transit IT Roadmap report which detailed three near-term initiatives: decreasing cancellation rates for Access Transit, Ridership Business Intelligence, and Real-time Transit Information & Open Data.

7.2.1 Transit – Intelligent Transportation System Software Upgrade – Award of Contract

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council;

  1. That the City enter into an agreement with Trapeze Software Incorporated for the upgrade from Trapeze Novus Intelligent Transportation System to Trapeze TransitMaster for a total cost of $1,347,202 (including applicable taxes); and
  2. That Purchasing Services issue the appropriate purchase order.

Background

Saskatoon Transit currently employs Novus ITS to provide ITS functionality. While Novus ITS does provide reliable Global Positioning System (GPS) location information to feed General Transit Feed Specification – Real Time for public facing bus location information and operational reporting, TransitMaster contains service adjustment capabilities including: Real time detour management; Real time passenger information relative to bus capacity and overloads; and Feeds to external RSS, Twitter and third party applications. 

These TransitMaster specific capabilities will be heavily relied upon by Transit’s Control Centre to ensure the successful service delivery of future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementations.

7.2.2 Taxi Service Proposals and Regulation of Transportation Network Companies

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

  1. That the Administration report on the creation of a comprehensive vehicle for hire bylaw including contents and options of same and a stand-alone bylaw for TNCs with consequential amendments to the Taxi Bylaw; and
  2. That the Administration be directed to report back concerning:
    1. Amending The Taxi Bylaw to allow the implementation of part-time Flex Service licenses, issued to qualified drivers, to meet demand in peak periods;
      b. Amending The Taxi Bylaw to allow for the replacement of seasonal licenses with full-time plates, issued to qualified drivers, reflecting the Sask Plates proposal;
      c. Reviewing  the current taxi meter fare structure and develop options to improve affordability; and
      d. Reviewing regulations applicable to the taxi industry to support a ‘level playing field’ should development of regulations for transportation network companies be approved by City Council.

The Committee will recommend to City Council: 

  1. That the Administration provide a further report on mechanisms to evaluate the impacts of ridesharing, taxis, and autonomous vehicles on Transit and congestion, as well as the opportunity for utilizing data generated from taxi industry and potentially ridesharing to help evaluate this; and
  2. That the Administration provide a further report on the current levels of service to people requiring accessible service, and the potential impacts of the incorporation of ridesharing on Accessibility services.

Background

*On May 8, 2017, the Standing Policy Committee on Transportation received a report providing an update on the regulation of TNCs which indicated that a follow up report would be coming forward with policy options for consideration. Further, when considering the May 8, 2017 report regarding Taxi and Limousine Stakeholder Engagement regarding TNCs, the Committee resolved:

“That the Administration create a stakeholder group that includes, drivers, companies and appropriate stakeholders, in order to prepare for a report on further regulations regarding transportation network companies.”

7.2.4 Roadway Preventative Maintenance Strategy

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

That a budget adjustment of $50,000 to Capital Project #1356 – V&E Additional Vehicles and Equipment funded from the Paved Roadways Infrastructure Reserve be approved to fund the acquisition of a rubberized crack filling machine.

Background

*Investment in the rehabilitation of the road network significantly increased in the summer of 2014 with the introduction of the Building Better Roads Program. With the added investment, road conditions network-wide have improved significantly; roads in good condition require different treatments to optimize maintenance expenditures and sustain good road conditions.

7.2.5 West Material Handling Facility – 2017 Budget Adjustment Request

Decision

*The Committee will recommend to City Council:

That a budget adjustment of $383,000 to Capital Project #2259 - TU-PW Satellite Yards funded from the Reserve for Capital Expenditures be approved to purchase land for a West Material Handling Facility.

Background

*To continue to perform road maintenance on a growing network, additional property is required to manage material such as sand, gravel, and recycled asphalt pavement. This site will be in addition to existing Roadways satellite facilities at the Civic Operations Centre, Wanuskewin Road, and Central Avenue. The Civic Operations Centre is permanent and is used exclusively for snow management. The Wanuskewin Road site is temporary and is also used solely for storing snow. Central Avenue is a temporary site, situated in the Small Swale, and is currently used for both snow storage and material handling. An alternative site for handling material is needed in the short term due to space constraints and to mitigate environmental impacts. The City is currently working on a comprehensive plan for facilities to accommodate the future of Civic operations across all City divisions.