So I was expecting the traffic apocalpyse, but it didn’t materialize. Or maybe we just left at the right time.

Or maybe it was the city’s new traffic plans, not allowing parked cars along Laurier and other main routes during rush hour. The view from my office window made it feel like it was still Christmas holidays. It seemed traffic wasn’t backed up at all. I guess I don’t really know what the Queensway looked like during rush hour, but most people I know who need to take it arrived on time and said it was the best day commuting so far. Maybe it’s because all the bus drivers and mechanics were at the union’s information session?

This week is the start of true car pooling for us. My work walking buddy is getting a ride in with us now. I’ve offered a ride home as well, if she feels like walking across the bridge to Hull, but she seems happy to walk home so far. I’ve got one more spot left if we find someone, but they need to be pretty flexible to get out of our back seat. And there is the safety issue of where we get dropped off. I’m not sure Rob could open his door safely. We’ll see what happens.

And I found this on the city’s web site:

Traffic and parking modifications will be in place starting Monday, January 5, 2009 to facilitate carpooling and enhance traffic flow.

Extended on street parking restrictions:

No stopping / Tow-away zones at the following locations have extended hours and are now from 7-10 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. on weekdays. Parked cars will be towed to ensure the lanes are free for traffic.

  • Bank Street, east side (7-10 a.m.) between Billings Bridge and Gladstone;
  • Bank Street, west side (3-7 p.m.) between Billings Bridge and Gladstone;
  • Kent Street, east side between Catherine and Wellington streets;
  • Metcalfe Street, east side, between Catherine and Wellington streets;
  • Queen Street, both sides, between Bronson and Elgin streets;
  • Laurier Avenue, both sides, between Bronson and Elgin streets;
  • Mackenzie Avenue, both sides between Murray and Rideau streets;
  • O’Connor Street, both sides (3-7 p.m.) between Wellington and Catherine streets.

To assist drivers in circumventing the bottleneck that forms each morning at the Hwy 417 and Road 174 split, additional traffic-flow improvements and “no stopping” restrictions have been implemented. West-bound drivers on Road 174 can exit at the Montreal Road off ramp and use the Montreal Road, Ogilvie Road and Coventry corridor to access the downtown core. “No stopping” restrictions will be in place from 7-10 a.m. (Mon-Fri) on the north side of that corridor and traffic controllers will maximize the east-west “green time” at all traffic signals along that corridor during those hours,

Additional parking spaces available:

More than 3,000 additional, off-street parking spaces have also been made available at the following locations:

Parking Lot 15 531 Albert Street (west of Bronson Ave.)

Parking Lot 16 567 Albert Street (west of Bronson Ave.)

Andrew Haydon Park 3127 Carling Ave

Brewer Park 100 Brewer Way

Britannia Park 2805 Carling Ave.

Jetform Park 300 Coventry Road

Strathcona Park 25 Range Road

#1 Robinson Road 1 Robinson Road

Grant School 2720 Richmond Road

The NCC lots at Champlain Bridge and at the Rockliffe Parkway are also available and Lansdowne Park at 945 Bank Street will be open as of January 6, with free parking during the days unless an event is scheduled.

Carpooling Enhancements:

To facilitate carpooling, the City will install signage designating meeting areas for active carpools at selected bus stops on Albert Street and Slater Street for afternoon peak period. Destinations would be Park & Ride lots.

•Mackenzie King Bridge (westbound direction) to Fallowfield Park and Ride;

•Albert Street east of Metcalfe Street to Greenboro Park and Ride;

•Albert Street east of Bank Street to Eagleson Park and Ride;

•Albert Street east of Lyon Street to Fallowfield Park and Ride;

•Albert Street west of Bay Street to Eagleson Park and Ride;

•Slater Street west of Kent Street to Greenboro Park and Ride;

•Slater Street east of Bank Street to Place d’Orleans Park and Ride;

•Slater Street east of Metcalfe Street to Place d’Orleans Park and Ride; and,

•Mackenzie King Bridge (eastbound direction) to Place d’Orleans Park and Ride.

Oh well, we’ll see what happens. Keeping my fingers crossed until Thursday’s vote. I say if they vote to continue the strike, let them have scheduling, but give them .5% raise per year and no signing bonus. Because if it’s all about the scheduling and not about the wages, they shouldn’t mind, right?

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