FAQs: Traffic & Transportation

Last updated on 9 July 2014

How are construction vehicles getting to and from the construction site?
Heavy machinery and other construction vehicles are generally supposed to access the site via Bank St., although the City’s Traffic Management Plan During Construction Activities of Lansdowne Park Redevelopment says access via Holmwood Ave. will be permitted for certain activities. The plan also specifies that trucks will not be permitted to use Queen Elizabeth Driveway to access Lansdowne Park except under special circumstances, which would require permission from the NCC.

As per the City’s Urban Truck Routes Map, trucks are permitted without restriction on Bronson, Chamberlain/Isabella, Catherine, Main, Riverside, Gladstone, Greenfield, Booth and Rochester. Trucks are also allowed—with load restrictions—on Bank St. between Riverside and Gladstone.

How will construction affect local traffic?
You can expect to see construction vehicles on Bank St. as they travel to and from the site, but their presence on other streets will be an exception.

One northbound lane on Bank, from the top of the bridge over the canal up to Holmwood Ave., is being used as a construction vehicle marshalling area. According to the plan, the contractor is required to maintain a 4.2 m shared-use travel lane at all times.

The closed lane and construction traffic could result in some motorists avoiding that stretch of Bank St. and using side streets as an alternative, which would of course increase traffic in residential areas.

How will pedestrians be affected?
The sidewalk on the east side of Bank Street will be closed from Echo Dr. to Holmwood Ave. during construction. This means pedestrians have to cross the street at the lights at Holmwood Ave. and at Aylmer Ave. (across from Sunnyside Library).

How does the City plan to manage the extra traffic created by a redeveloped Lansdowne?
The City of Ottawa has developed a Traffic Demand Management Plan, as well as a separate Transit and Shuttle Service Plan and a Traffic and Parking Management Plan. These are all available online:

Transportation Demand Management Plan – Final Report [October 2011 – 2.05 MB]

Transit and Shuttle Service Plan – Final Report [October 2011 – 4.49 MB]

Traffic and Parking Management Plan – Final Report [October 2011 – 2.88 MB]

The City hopes to promote alternative modes of transportation for people at Lansdowne by, among other measures, installing a bike sharing station and a Vrtue Car location.

How many on-site parking spaces will there be once Lansdowne is redeveloped?
According to the City, there will be about 1,340 underground parking spaces and about 40 above-ground spaces provided in the mixed-use area.

How many underground spaces will be reserved for the 280 residential units? 
According to City staff, 280 spaces will be reserved exclusively for residential use, leaving 1,060 underground spaces for the public.

How many spaces will be set aside for residents’ visitors?
There will be no dedicated visitor parking. Visitors are expected to use the public parking spaces.

How many spaces will be set aside for shopping, restaurants, the movie theatre and offices?
All the below-grade parking except the 280 residential spaces will be available for commercial uses. However, 90 parking spaces will be set aside during weekdays for the offices.

Will there be free parking for shoppers at Lansdowne?
No. This was originally the plan, but free parking for shoppers was deemed too expensive.

How will a redeveloped Lansdowne affect traffic and parking on residential streets in the Glebe, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East?
Because there will be fewer parking spaces at Lansdowne than before, and because shoppers are expected to pay for parking on site, many people headed to Lansdowne will likely try to find free parking on surrounding residential streets.

For major events, the City assumes that people will park on side streets in an area encompassing virtually all of Capital Ward, with the exception of Heron Park and Riverside.

The City plans to address some of the effects of additional traffic through parking controls, signage, intersection modifications, bulb-outs and transit adjustments. For more details, please consult the Traffic and Parking Management Plan – Final Report.

How can local communities and affected groups provide further input on transportation issues?
A new advisory committee has been created to anticipate, monitor and respond to the impacts of traffic on surrounding communities. The Lansdowne Transportation Advisory committee (LTAC), chaired by Councillor David Chernushenko, reports to both the Transportation Committee and the Transit Commission. The LTAC includes representatives from all affected community associations, a residents' group and cycling advisors, as well as local business representatives. The LTAC will report to the public several times per year, and seek feedback on any recommendations it prepares.

The LTAC will be preparing an initial set of recommendations to be shared with the public in early 2013. These will then be incorporated into a report that will be presented to both the Transportation Committee and the Transit Commission in the spring of 2013.

How many undeground parking spaces will be available for event-goers and urban park users?
The City’s transportation studies assume that 500 to 600 spaces will be available to event patrons, who will be required to purchase an on-site parking pass in advance. Event patrons without a pre-purchased parking pass would not be able to park on site.   

Who can use the above-ground parking spots during large events (10,000 people or more)?
Surface spaces are intended for short-term convenience parking, Para-Transpo, taxis and drop-off/pick-up. As the scale of events increases, vehicular access into the mixed-use area will be limited, and no vehicles will be permitted for very large events, with the exception of authorized service vehicles such as ambulances, taxis and Para-Transpo.

Where will most people park for major events?
Shuttle service from the Carleton University, Canada Post Place, the RA Centre and Vincent Massey Park parking lots will be provided for events with 15,000 or more attendees (less than 20 times per year, according to City projections).

For events with more than 25,000 attendees, there will be additional shuttle services from other parking lots, such as Ottawa City Hall and the CE Centre.

What cycling facilities are planned for Lansdowne?
Current plans call for 600 bike parking spots spread throughout the Lansdowne site. In addition, for major events, secure bike parking for 1,000 bikes will be provided on the east side of the site, with access from Queen Elizabeth Dr.

The plans also call for showers and secure bike parking for people who commute to work at Lansdowne by bicycle.

How will cyclists access the site?
Cyclists will have the same access to the site as cars. They will also be able to access the Great Lawn from the NCC pathway that runs along the west side of Queen Elizabeth Dr., about halfway between Fifth Ave. and the Bank Street Bridge.

Thanks to a new signallized crossing at Fifth Ave, cyclists and pedestrians will have a safer way to get across Queen Elizabeth Dr. from the NCC path along the Rideau Canal.

Will there be any changes to transit services?
During special events, OC Transpo will offer supplemental service on route 1 travelling between the Rideau Centre, Billings Bridge and Hurdman Station in both directions, although the regular pattern of route 1 to South Keys would also continue to operate.

The frequency of routes 1 and 7 will also be increased on event days.

Is it true there will be buses on Fifth Ave.?
Yes, the City plans to run shuttle buses on Fifth, but only for events with at least 15,000 attendees (according to the City’s plans, that should be fewer than 20 times per year).

I’ve heard that all condos owner will automatically receive transit passes. Who’s paying for that?
This will be an arrangement made between the developer and the purchaser/tenant. Public money will not be used.

If you don’t find the information you need on these pages, please visit ottawa.ca/newlansdowne, or to contact the City directly by email at newlansdowne@ottawa.caor by calling 3-1-1 (press 1 for English, then 5 for the Lansdowne line). If necessary, you may also contact the project manager, Marco Manconi, at 613-580-2424 ext. 43229, or by email.