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Notice of study completion - Kingston Transit Downtown Transfer Point Environmental Assessment Study

January 5, 2016 -

The study

The City of Kingston has completed the Schedule ‘B' Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to address operational deficiencies and improve the passenger experience at the Kingston Transit Downtown Transfer Point (DTP) at the corner of Brock and Bagot streets. The approximate study area of the project is shown on the map.

The process

The project team received input from interested stakeholders and the public at an open house, two online surveys, a pop-up workshop at the DTP, and numerous stakeholder meetings. Three options were identified:

  • No change to the existing DTP;
  • Improving the DTP at the existing location; or
  • Relocating the DTP to a different location within the study area.

The team evaluated the options for impacts to transit customers, Kingston Transit operations, the downtown community, other transportation users, and cost and feasibility. Potential environmental affects of the recommendations were assessed and reasonable means to mitigate any adverse impacts were identified.

The preferred option

The study recommends that the Downtown Transfer Point remain at the existing location on Brock and Bagot streets, with significant improvements to the bus stops and transit customer-waiting areas.

Public review period

A project file report (PFR) has been prepared to document the planning and decision-making process undertaken for the study. The results of the study will be available for review from Jan. 5, 2016 to Feb. 4, 2016. The PFR is available for review at the following locations:

City Hall – Clerk's Counter
216 Ontario St.
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3

Kingston Public Library – Central Branch
130 Johnson St.
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1X8

The PFR will also be available online at the City of Kingston website at www.CityofKingston.ca/dtp. More information is also available at this website.
Subject to comments received as a result of this notice, the City of Kingston intends to proceed with the implementation of the recommendations of this study. If you have any questions or concerns after reading the project file report, please provide written comments to Ian Semple within the 30-day review period, at the address or email below.

Ian Semple
Project manager
City of Kingston
216 Ontario St.
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
613-546-4291, ext. 2306
isemple@cityofkingston.ca

If the concerns cannot be resolved, you may request that the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change make an Order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act, which addresses individual environmental assessments. The Minister must receive the request for Part II Orders at the address below by 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2016.

The Honourable Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
11th Floor, Ferguson Block, 77 Wellesley St. West,
Toronto, ON M7A 2T5

A copy of the Part II Order request must also be sent to:

Ian Semple
Project manager
City of Kingston
216 Ontario St.
Kingston, ON K7L 2Z3
613-546-4291, ext. 2306
isemple@cityofkingston.ca

John Hubbell
Project manager
HDR Corporation
255 Adelaide St. W.
Toronto, ON M5H 1X9
403-519-6181
john.hubbell@hdrinc.com

This notice was first issued on Jan. 5, 2016.