15 Jul Transit boss against temporarily reducing vehicle lanes in …
The city’s general manager of Transportation Services, John Manconi, has recommended against reallocating more space on roadways for pedestrians and cyclists on a temporary city-wide basis.
In a memo addressed to Mayor Jim Watson and city council, Manconi said there was a significant decrease in vehicle traffic after the state of emergency was announced on March 25, as well as an influx of pedestrian and foot traffic.
But city staff monitoring traffic patterns have noted that vehicle traffic increased starting in May as the economy began to reopen.
“This trend of increasing motorized vehicles on the road has continued, although it is still unclear how transportation needs will change as Ottawa residents return to work and continue to access businesses across the city,” said Manconi’s memo.
Meanwhile, major employers, such as the federal government, are also expected to announce plans for their work forces that would impact downtown mobility, said Manconi. Corridors that were quiet in March and April are now beginning to see congestion at certain times of day, especially in commercial areas of the city, he said.