TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

 

MINUTES


May 7, 2014  –  River Valley Room

 

 

PRESENT

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, *D. Iveson

* Mayor D. Iveson is a Committee Member pursuant to section 150(2) Procedures and Committees Bylaw 12300

ABSENT

None

ALSO IN ATTENDANCE

B. Henderson, A. Knack, D. Loken, S. McKeen, M. Nickel, M. Oshry
L. Kennedy, Office of the City Clerk
M. de Guzman, Office of the City Clerk

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

ITEM

                                                                                                         PAGE

DECISION

 

1.          CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS                            2

1.1        Call to Order                                                                                          2

1.2        Adoption of Agenda                                                                            2

1.3        Adoption of Minutes                                                                           2

1.4        Protocol Items                                                                                      3

2.          ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS             3

2.1        Select Items for Debate                                                                      3

2.2        Requests to Speak                                                                              3

2.3        Requests for Specific Time on Agenda                                         4

3.          COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES                                                                 4

3.1        Community Traffic Management Plan – Voting Requirements
             (M. Walters/B. Esslinger)
3.2        Transit Service - Albany, North Carlton, North

             Oxford and Griesbach (B. Esslinger)                                              4

4.          REPORTS POSTPONED BY AGENDA REVIEW COMMITTEE

4.1        Snow Removal (M. Nickel)                                                                5

5.          STATUS REPORT                                                                               5

5.1        Overweight Vehicle Concerns (L. Sloan)                                      5

5.2        Smart Bus Implementation - Options for Funding

             (A. Sohi/B. Henderson/T. Caterina)                                                 5

5.3        Enclosed Coliseum LRT Station and Pedway to

             Northlands Expo Centre                                                                    5

5.4        Natural Gas Buses and Westwood Garage (D. Iveson/A. Sohi) 6

5.5        Sidewalk Clearing (D. Iveson)                                                          6

6.          REPORTS                                                                                              6

6.1        Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board  - 2013

             Annual Activity Report and Proposed 2014 Workplan              6

6.2        Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board - Proposal

             to Introduce a Low-income Transit Pass                                      7

6.3        Administrative Response - Edmonton Transit

             System Advisory Board - Proposal to Introduce a

             Low-income Transit Pass                                                                  7

6.4        Valley Line Stage 1 LRT - Protecting the City's

             and Public's Interests                                                                         8

6.5        Valley Line Stage 1 LRT - Interface between the

             City and P3 Operations                                                                      9

6.6        Transportation Infrastructure Projections - Big

             Lake - 215 Street and Yellowhead Trail

             Interchange                                                                                           9

6.7        Expanded School Drop-off Construction and

             Strategies                                                                                               9

6.8        Winterburn Road Wildlife Passage - Environmental

             Impact Assessment Approval                                                        10

7.          RESPONSES TO COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES                              10

7.1        Transit Accessibility for Newcomers (A. Sohi)                          10

7.2        Neighbourhood Renewal on 122 Avenue in Westwood

             (B. Esslinger)                                                                                      10

7.3        South East School Amalgamation Proposal - Traffic

             and Financial Impacts (B. Henderson/M. Nickel)                       11

8.          PRIVATE REPORTS                                                                         11

9.          NOTICES OF MOTION AND MOTIONS WITHOUT CUSTOMARY

             NOTICE                                                                                                11

10.        ADJOURNMENT                                                                                11

 

 

 

 

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DECISION SUMMARY

ITEM

 

DECISION

1.

CALL TO ORDER AND RELATED BUSINESS

1.1

Call to Order

 

 

 

Councillor A. Sohi called the meeting to order at 9:35 a.m.

 

1.2

Adoption of Agenda

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

That the May 7, 2014, Transportation Committee meeting agenda be adopted with the following changes:

Addition:

·     7.3 South East School Amalgamation Proposal – Traffic and Financial Impacts (B. Henderson/M. Nickel)

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

1.3

Adoption of Minutes

 

 

Moved M. Walters:

 

 

 

That the April 9, 2014, Transportation Committee meeting minutes be adopted.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

1.4

Protocol Items

 

 

 

There were no protocol items.

 

2.

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION AND RELATED BUSINESS

2.1

Select Items for Debate

 

 

 

All items were selected for debate.

 

2.2

Requests to Speak

 

 

Moved B. Esslinger:

 

 

 

That Transportation Committee hear from the following speakers, in panels when appropriate:

6.2 Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board – Proposal to Introduce a Low-income Transit Pass

·         J. Kolkman, Edmonton Social Planning Council

·         C. Broomfield, iHuman Youth Society

·         F. Agbor, Green Crusader

6.4 Valley Line Stage 1 LRT - Protecting the City's and Public's Interests

·         B. Moore-Kilgannon, Public Interest Alberta

6.8 Winterburn Road Wildlife Passage - Environmental Impact Assessment Approval

·         C. Richmond, Sierra Club Canada - Edmonton

7.1 Transit Accessibility for Newcomers (A. Sohi)

·         L. Bangura, Norquest College LINC

·         A. Maganaka, Language Assessment Referral and Counseling Centre

·         G. Korial

·         B. Mahdi

·         S. Meyer, University of Alberta Student's Union

·         H. Phan, Project Adult Literacy Society

·         D. Phan, Project Adult Literacy Society

·         T. Kamislioglu, Project Adult Literacy Society

7.3 Southeast School Amalgamation Proposal – Traffic and Financial Impacts (B. Henderson/M. Nickel)

·         L. Brenneis

·         R. Helm

·         I. Perry

·         S. Perry

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

2.3

Requests for Specific Time on Agenda

 

 

 

There were no requests for any items to be dealt with at a specific time.

 

3.

COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES

3.1

Community Traffic Management Plan - Voting Requirements (M. Walters/B. Esslinger)

 

 

 

Can Administration please provide options on improving our removing the voting requirements within the Community Traffic Management Plan guidelines?

If the voting requirements were removed, what are some options available that could demonstrate community support for a Community Traffic Management Plan?

Transportation Svcs.

 

Due Date:
Jul. 9, 2014

 

3.2

Transit Service - Albany, North Carlton, North Oxford and Griesbach (B. Esslinger)

 

 

 

There is a growing demand for transit service to Albany, North Carlton, North Oxford and Griesbach and transit service is not expected to be provided until September 2015.

I would like Administration to provide a report on the following:

1. How many other new or emerging communities fall into this category?

2. How much would it cost to provide service?

3. What is Transit's plans to address this demand?

Transportation Svcs.

 

Due Date: Aug. 20, 2014

 

4.

REPORTS TO BE DEALT WITH AT A FUTURE MEETING – NONE

REPORTS POSTPONED BY AGENDA REVIEW COMMITTEE

 

Snow Removal (M. Nickel)

 

 

 

Postponed to May 21, 2014

 

5.

STATUS REPORT

5.1

Overweight Vehicle Concerns (L. Sloan)

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

That the revised due date of May 21, 2014, be approved.

 

Community Svcs.

Due Date: May 21, 2014

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

5.2

Smart Bus Implementation - Options for Funding
(A. Sohi/B. Henderson/T. Caterina)

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

That the revised due date of June 18, 2014, be approved.

 

Transportation Svcs.

Due Date: Jun. 18, 2014

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

5.3

Enclosed Coliseum LRT Station and Pedway to Northlands Expo Centre

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

That the revised due date of June 18, 2014, be approved.

TransportationSvcs.

Due Date:
Jun. 18, 2014

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

5.4

Natural Gas Buses and Westwood Garage (D. Iveson/A. Sohi)

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

That the revised due date of June 5, 2014, be approved.

Transportation Svcs.

Due Date: Jun. 5, 2014

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

5.5

Sidewalk Clearing (D. Iveson)

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

That the revised due date of May 21, 2014, be approved.

Transportation Svcs.

Due Date: May 21, 2014

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.

REPORTS

6.1

Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board  - 2013 Annual Activity Report and Proposed 2014 Workplan

 

 

 

Items 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.1 were dealt with together.

B. Robertson, Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions.
A. Mannix and J. Vandenbold, Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

That the 2013 Annual Activity Report and Proposed 2014 Work Plan, as outlined in the May 7, 2014, Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board report CR_1227, be received for information.

ETSAB

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.2

Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board - Proposal to Introduce a Low-income Transit Pass

 

 

 

Items 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.1 were dealt with together.

J. Kolkman, Edmonton Social Planning Council, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions.

A. Maganaka, Language Assessment Referral and Counseling Centre; C. Broomfield, iHuman Youth Society; F. Agbor, Green Crusader; L. Bangura, Norquest College LINC; G. Korial; B. Mahdi; S. Meyer, University of Alberta Student's Union; H. Phan, D. Phan, and T. Kamisliouglu, Project Adult Literacy Society, made presentations.

Copies of handouts provided by J. Kolkman; and
A. Maganaka were distributed to Members of the Committee and a copy was filed with the Office of the City Clerk.

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

That the Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board report CR_1224, be received for information.

ETSAB

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.3

Administrative Response - Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board - Proposal to Introduce a Low-income Transit Pass

 

 

 

Items 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.1 were dealt with together.

C. Stolte and T. Shewchuk, Transportation Services; and
L. Rosen, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

Low Income Transit Pass Pilot

That Administration provide a report, as soon as possible, on the following related to the introduction of low income transit pass including:

1. Rider selection criteria

2. How it aligns with The Ways and Council initiatives

3. What are the individual and societal benefits of providing the low income transit pass

4. Potential for revenue from increased ridership

5. The cost of a 35%, a 50%, and a 60% discount

6. Funding options, including potential provincial funding sources to implement the three year pilot project. 

Transportation Svcs.

 

Due Date:
To be determined

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.4

Valley Line Stage 1 LRT - Protecting the City's and Public's Interests

 

 

 

Items 6.4 and 6.5 were dealt with together.

D. Wandzura, General Manager and W. Mandryk, Transportation Services, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions. S. Prendiville, KPMG, answered the Committee's questions.

B. Moore-Kilgannon, Public Interest Alberta, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

That the May 7, 2014, Transportation Services report CR_1197, be received for information.

 

Transportation Svcs.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.5

Valley Line Stage 1 LRT - Interface between the City and P3 Operations

 

 

 

Items 6.4 and 6.5 were dealt with together.

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

That the May 7, 2014, Transportation Services report CR_1198, be received for information.

Transportation Svcs.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.6

Transportation Infrastructure Projections - Big Lake - 215 Street and Yellowhead Trail Interchange

 

 

 

J. Hancock and R. Toohey, Transportation Services; and
S. Mackie, Sustainable Development, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved D. Iveson:

 

 

 

City Interchange Needs

That Administration provide a report on all the current City interchange needs including interchanges that support municipalities in the capital region.

Transportation Svcs.

 

Due Date: Aug. 20, 2014

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.7

Expanded School Drop-off Construction and Strategies

 

 

 

G. Cebryk and C. Walbaum, Transportation Services, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved B. Esslinger:

 

 

 

That the May 7, 2014, Transportation Services report CR_966, be received for information.

Transportation Svcs.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

6.8

Winterburn Road Wildlife Passage - Environmental Impact Assessment Approval

 

 

 

J. Hancock, Transportation Services; and C. Shier and
G. Buffalo, Sustainable Development, made a presentation.

C. Richmond, Sierra Club Canada - Edmonton, made a presentation and answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved D. Iveson:

 

 

 

That Transportation Committee recommend to City Council:

That the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Winterburn Road Wildlife Passage, as outlined in Attachments 1 and 2 of the May 7, 2014, Transportation Services report CR_1235, be approved.

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

7.

RESPONSES TO COUNCILLOR INQUIRIES

7.1

Transit Accessibility for Newcomers (A. Sohi)

 

 

 

Items 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 7.1 were dealt with together.

 

 

Moved A. Sohi:

 

 

 

That the May 7, 2014, Transportation Services report CR_850, be received for information.

Transportation Svcs.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

7.2

Neighbourhood Renewal on 122 Avenue in Westwood
(B. Esslinger)

 

 

 

G. Cebryk, Transportation Services, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved B. Esslinger:

 

 

 

That the May 7, 2014, Transportation Services report CR_964, be received for information.

Transportation Svcs.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

7.3

South East School Amalgamation Proposal - Traffic and Financial Impacts (B. Henderson/M. Nickel)

 

 

 

L. Brenneis; I. Perry; and R. Helm, made presentations and answered the Committee's questions.

A copy of a handout provided by L. Brenneis was distributed to Members of the Committee and a copy was filed with the Office of the City Clerk.

C. Walbaum and D. Mullen, Transportation Services; and
K. Oleksiw, Community Services, answered the Committee's questions.

 

 

Moved B. Anderson:

 

 

 

That the May 7, 2014, Transportation Services report CR_1155, be received for information.

Transportation Svcs.

 

 

 

In Favour:

Carried

 

 

A. Sohi, M. Walters, B. Anderson, B. Esslinger, D. Iveson

 

8.

PRIVATE REPORTS - NONE

9.

NOTICES OF MOTION AND MOTIONS WITHOUT CUSTOMARY NOTICE

 

 

Councillor A. Sohi asked whether there were any Notices of Motion. There were none.

 

10.

ADJOURNMENT

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Chair                                                                          City Clerk