Major Changes Coming to Moodie-Corkstown Area

The CBLCA was informed at the end of last week of major changes to come later this summer involving both the Transitway and its bus traffic and Corkstown Road from the transit station to Moodie Drive.

OC Transpo announced the closure of the Transitway from Holly Acres Road to Moodie Drive. This will include closure of the Moodie Drive station to enable the Transitway and station to be converted to LRT use. The closure is scheduled to begin September 5, 2021, and last for approximately three-and-a-half years. Buses now using the Transitway will be rerouted onto Highway 417 and station stops eastbound and westbound will be moved to the highway off-ramps at Moodie Drive.

What is missing from these plans is a strategy about how transit users within Crystal Beach Lakeview are to connect to the altered routes.

Read about the announced LRT Stage 2 developments
Learn about all the planned bus route changes

At the same time, KEV, the builder of the Confederation LRT Line, announced that beginning later this year, work will begin to realign Corkstown Road between Moodie Drive and the transit station. They have further indicated that they intend to remove all trees north of Corkstown Road on the west side of the multi-use pathway where it crosses Corkstown Road, as well as on the north side of Corkstown Road near the Moodie intersection. Tree cutting is currently scheduled for September. You can view the affected areas and tree varieties in the accompanying image.

There is significant lack of detail in the announcements and no prior discussion with the community association. Since the announcements, our committee has been rapidly developing plans as well as reaching out for answers to our many questions. We have also contacted Councilor Kavanagh requesting she become involved to both assist us in getting answers and to open discussion with OC Transpo and the City LRT staff.

We have been assured that during the rerouting of Corkstown Road, the road itself will remain open at all times. The multi-use path (MUP) alongside Stillwater Creek will also remain open to pedestrians and cyclists, as will the MUP from the station west to the stoplight for the 417 westbound off-ramp at Moodie.

As part of our work, the committee needs to better understand the wishes of our community, especially with respect to accessing public transit. Our committee previously made some attempts to improve our connectivity to transit as well as to Bells Corners. We were largely unsuccessful. With all these changes, we will try to engage OC Transpo to modify routes and frequencies to better serve the needs and wants of Crystal Beach Lakeview.

To that end, we will be preparing a new survey on transit use going forward. You should expect to see this survey within the next week. Please help us work better on your behalf.

Transportation, Transit, and Infrastructure Committee

14 thoughts on “Major Changes Coming to Moodie-Corkstown Area”

  1. I am concerned about this and I think reside to should have receive notification on the transit gap and plan to address. I care for my mom who has advanced dementia and have one caregiver I depend on who comes by bus. September 5 is near term. The plan for access to our neighborhood should be communicated.

    In addition, this change to Corkstown was not socialized previously. The city already altered the road annexing a portion of the field. I am concerned about loss of tree canopy and wildlife spaces. We need to protect as much forest as we can now with climate change to mitigate urban heat. We have lots alot of trees in our neighborhood in recent years. If we calculated that, I think people would be surprised. Many tress are in poor health. I think this gets into my concerns on the official plan, as I am worried that our greenspaces will be up for development because of Moodie Station.

    1. Thanks for your reply Linda and for the key points that you raise in the reply. Several points I want to share:
      1. the realignment of Corkstown Road was necessary as the original design from the city had only exit from the community. Residents would not have been able to enter Crystal Beach Lakeview from Moodie. The community fought this and was able to get agreement that Corkstown would remain open in both directions. The city negotiated control over more land from the NCC to allow for this.
      2. This change also results in the new design having the road change direction immediately after the multi-use path crossing at the current station. We too were surprised at this and at the loss of the trees. We have pursued this with the LRT team. The tree canopy and ANY loss of trees here is a major concern for us. We remain in conversation with them, but have received a detailed drawing of the planned plantings that looks promising. We have also reached out to the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority and one of their specialists in particular to find out if they have participated in the landscaping design plan, and if they were involved in the design. We will continue to work on this so that there is appropriate planting in numbers of trees, size and location both for the environment in general as well as for wildlife and protection of aquatic life.
      3. You may want to look at our association’s submission to the city on the new Official Plan. Our submission is on the association website. We put some strong emphasis on both greenspace and the Greenbelt in particular. We are also pushing for the city to include specific metrics throughout the plan so we, the community, can see how they are doing with their commitments throughout the 25 year life of the plan. They have to earn our trust.

  2. I may be mistaken but I believe the patch of trees closest to Corkstown was planted by Rideau Valley Conservation to mitigate impacts on the creek.

    1. That would be new information to me, but certainly, the need for collaboration among the NCC, RVCA and City is crucial for the health of the Greenbelt. As noted with my reply to the first comment from Linda, we have reached out to RVCA for their comments and additional information, and will continue to be active on getting this right

  3. “Our committee previously made some attempts to improve our connectivity to transit as well as to Bells Corners. We were largely unsuccessful.”

    – I agree, connections for cyclists, transit riders and pedestrians are sorely lacking in the current plan.

    Didn’t Coun. Kavanagh confirm that an MUP WILL be built on the west side of the Moodie/417 overpass by 2025? Better than nothing, but where are the missing connections to the Bells Corners and Crystal Beach communities?

    Three-and-a-half years of OC Transpo station stops moved to the highway off-ramps at Moodie Drive without safe connections? Yikes!

    Thank you for your great work.

    1. Thanks Craig. This whole need for improved connectivity of all types to Bells Corners is important for Crystal Beach Lakeview. This includes the MUP on the overpass but continuing right into Bells Corners. The contractor on the overpass work has informed that the MUP is not being built now. This was a shock to our committee and I suspect a surprise to Councilor Kavanagh. She has committed to getting this done. How and when remains unclear but is very much top of mind for the committee. We will also be pushing for a meeting with OC Transpo. Bus stops on Moodie and the off ramps while construction is still ongoing with the overpass (planned completion December 2021) is also unsafe.

  4. Crystal Beach/Lakeview has always been viewed as a conduit for the LRT to get the good people of Kanata to and from the downtown core. With the shift in working arrangements allowing people to work from home, a revisit of the entire program may be in order. Several years ago the City promised to preserve the Corkstown Moodie intersection, including trees, wildlife corridors, bike paths, and access to the neighbourhood. Today, it looks like the surface of Mars all along that stretch. I understand that lip service has to be paid at the beginning of a project, but once the shovel is in the ground, the rules shift completely. And now adding another three year (minimum) to the chaos to move from bus to LRT. I wonder if this is part of the unceded Algonquin Territory and should be reviewed by the Indigenous Leaders in the country?

    1. Paul, I have often thought our wonderful little green oasis of a place to live is just viewed as something to be trampled on the way to somewhere else too. Oh, CBL? That’s handy. Put a bridge through it to Quebec. Put a highway through it to the 401. Widen the 417, we have to get to Kanata. And Kanata’s sewage can be pumped through CBL too. Transitway? Stick the station on CBL green belt land. Hey, maybe we could put an MTO Highway Maintenance Patrol Yard on Moodie. I know, CBL could have the LRT Light Maintenance and Storage Facility. I feel like people look to ruining my paradise as their first solution and I’ve spend decades trying to defend the poor little place. That’s okay; it’s worth it.

  5. Ideally access to the nearest transit hub, like a Transitway or LRT station would be facilitated by a local bus that essentially orbits that station. We have a compromise where a route loops between more than one station and serves three neighborhoods infrequently. I do understand how low ridership prevents affording more buses, so we are left with a inconvenient access to hubs which most times can be accessed faster with a long walk. This is not a good solution for the less mobile which may depend on transit. Now we access a temporary roadside station during the transition? Do the planners designing this actually use their product?

    1. These comments tie into our need to hear from the community on its transit use in the face of the upcoming changes. Hence the survey being sent out soon from the association. We further are hoping for a meeting with OC Transpo at which this and other related issues such as your comments imply can be raised. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    2. I like your idea, George. “Pearls on a string” would make good use of the transit hubs to meet our “15-minute” requirements. A loop from Bayshore through Crystal Beach up Moodie and east on Robertson Road back to Bayshore would get us within a block or two of our 15 minute requirements–a library, churches, a public school, grocery stores, liquor store, drug stores, banks, hairdressers, restaurants, shops and so on. It would also run in reverse. Another loop could leave Bayshore and go to other useful things like Ikea, the Boys and Girls Club, Pinecrest Recreation Centre, Lee Valley Tools, and so on. Currently, everything is a frustrating 5 minute drive away across a narrow strip of green belt. Maybe with “pearls on a string”, I could do without a car, just rent one to visit out-of-town family if inter-city bus travel isn’t restored.

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