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Construction Project

Allandale Transit Mobility Hub
& Downtown Mini Hub

T​his project consists of building a modern inter-regional transit hub within the City of Barrie's Allandale area and a Downtown Mini Hub to host transit services and connections through a more integrated public transit system.

This project is anticipated to be complete by end of 2022 and will include the following major components:

  • The Allandale Transit Mobility Hub will be located within Barrie's Allandale area to centrally locate a modern inter-regional transit hub with adjacency to the existing rail corridor. This hub will host seamless transit services and connections between Simcoe County, Muskoka, and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • The Downtown Mini Hub will include​ bus stops and sheltered waiting areas located on Maple Avenue. These bus stops will​ maintain downtown transit service levels and provide direct access routes to and from the downtown. Reducing the footprint of the current transit terminal (24 Maple Avenue) within the downtown while preserving route coverage will support downtown revitalization objectives and provide continued access to Barrie's busiest destination.

Community Engagement 

Please visit buildingbarrie.ca/MobilityHub​ for information on ​previous community engagement opportunities related to this project, and opportunities for future engagement. 

Project Updates

2021 Q3  ​ ​   
  • The​ Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team has procured the additional major engineering consultants and building trades to assist in validating aspects of the project. The IPD team continues to develop conceptual drawings, inclusive of refining costing and schedule details. 
  • The following site due diligence activities have been completed over the past quarter: Traffic Impact Study to 2031, Species at Risk Study with Letter of Clearance, Supplemental Hydrogeological Report, Due Diligence Risk Assessment Report, Tree Preservation Study, Decommissioning of Monitoring Wells and a Fire Hydrant Flow Test.
  • The following site due diligence activities are underway: Site Survey for the Downtown Mini Hub, Supplemental Geotechnical Report,​​ and Consultations with Authorities Having Jurisdiction.​
​​2021 Q2   
  • The Infrastructure Canada (INFC) Consultation Obligations with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples that was required as per the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) determination letter has been satisfied.
  • The Net Zero Feasibility Study was undertaken​ to understand what sustainable initiatives would best suit the project and facility has been completed.
  • The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team continues to develop programmatic requirements and procuring additional major engineering consultants and building trades to assist in validating aspects of the project. 
  • The following site due diligence activities are underway: Traffic Impact Study to 2031, Species at Risk Study, Supplemental Hydrogeological Report, Risk Assessment and Consultations with Authorities Having Jurisdiction.
2021 Q1
  • Initial Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Team has been procured.
  • The Transfer Payment Agreement (TPA) for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) between the Province and the City has been received.
  • Infrastructure Canada (INFC) Consultation Obligation with Canada's Indigenous Peoples is underway with notification sent to the Indigenous groups. Consultation and engagement will continue throughout the duration of the project.
  • Site Due Diligence activities continue with studies underway including the Traffic Impact Study to 2031, Species at Risk, Net Zero Feasibility, a Supplemental Hydrogeological report and completing the Noise / Vibration Impact Analysis.
2020
  • Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) approval was received, and project funded.
  • Site Due Diligence activities commenced completing the Topographic Survey, Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, Geotechnical Report, Hydrogeological Report, Functional Servicing Report, Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment, Preliminary Stormwater Management Study and Traffic Impact Study to 2024.
2019
  • The full Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment was accepted into the Ontario Public Register of Archaeological Reports.
  • The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) application was submitted by Transit staff.
2018
  • A full Stage 3 Archaeological Assessment was completed by the City's Archaeologist of Record.
  • A Staff Report TPS003-18 was completed by Transit staff to Council. Council motion 18-G-143 endorsed in principle, Concept C from the Feasibility Study and gave staff delegated authority to apply for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) for funding.
  • An Allandale Mobility Hub Feasibility Study was completed to determine if the Allandale area was a feasible location for the City of Barrie's main Transit Hub. The site represents a feasible location offering several benefits to the City.
2017
  • A partial Stage 2-3 Archaeological Assessment was completed by the City's Archaeologist of Record.
  • A Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment was completed by the City's Archaeologist of Record.
  • The project was initiated to accommodate a redevelopment at the existing Transit terminal and to relocate and provide a transit hub that would improve transportations plans, connections, and services.
Related webpage: Allandale Station Lands

Support & Funding

The Allandale Transit Mobility Hub and Downtown Mini Hub is supported and funded by the Government of Canada (40% contribution) and Government of Ontario (33.33% contribution) through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The City's contribution covers the remaining 26.67%. Related media release: Canada and Ontario invest in more accessible public transit infrastructure for Barrie residents.

Integrated Project Delivery Approach

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) brings all project stakeholders together early on in the process to collaboratively harness the talents and insights of all participants to optimize the project results, increase value, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. The outcome of IPD is the opportunity to design, build, and operate as efficiently as possible. Learn more.

Project Benefits

There are many anticipated benefits from building a new Transit Mobility Hub within Barrie's Allandale area. The project will:

  • support Barrie Transit growth to best meet the needs and goals of today, and tomorrow.
  • increase transit access to the Allandale GO station to provide a more sustainable travel choice and address parking constraints. 
  • provide seamless connections for Transit Riders between GO Trains/Buses and Ontario Northland for integrated transit access to Simcoe County, Muskoka and the GTA.
  • provide a geographically centralized hub within the city.
  • provide a safer transit site by encouraging safe circulation and linkages between bus, vehicular, and pedestrian traffic. 
  • provide express bus stops with a lay by on Essa to improve transit travel time.
  • support increased ridership and the City's Transportation Master Plan with targets to increase transit modal shares.
  • support increased bicycle ridership with covered bike shelters and parking.
  • provide easier access to tourism with multiple modes of transportation.
  • support the City's Official Plan by building within one of the City's identified intensification and urban growth centre areas to promote growth as well as transit-centric developments.
  • achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.
  • provide an extremely efficient building by targeting Net-Zero design, which will reduce ongoing operating costs over the life of the building.
  • create an aesthetically pleasing and fully accessible facility that is consistent with the Allandale Historic Train Station to augment the heritage of the area.
  • provide backup emergency power necessary to maintain uninterrupted transit services during power outages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location  
Why was the Allandale site chosen?

The site was chosen because it is centrally located within the city and adjacent to the existing rail corridor to host seamless travel connections and to encourage alternative transportation access. The site is within the City's identified intensification area and urban growth centre and by providing a transit-centric development it will encourage additional investment to the area and support the City's ongoing growth.

Why do we need the Allandale Transit Mobility Hub when we have a Transit Terminal located downtown?

The City of Barrie has been experiencing unprecedented growth. Additional Transit services will be required to serve Barrie's growing population as the Salem and Hewitt's lands are developed. The Allandale Transit Mobility Hub will support the ongoing growth by expanding the City's transit facilities while maintaining service levels downtown through the Downtown Mini Hub. Relocating the main Transit Terminal out of the downtown core will allow redevelopment of existing terminal to support the City's downtown revitalization objectives.

Will there be any changes to the roads?

A Transportation Impact Study has been completed for this project. The road network recommendations assessed all modes to improve the ability for all Barrie residents to move around. Changes to roads have not been finalized but are anticipated to be minor and will be communicated once available.

Why aren’t the Allandale Station lands included in this project?

The Allandale Historic Station Land site is currently undergoing a Stage 4 Archaeological Investigation. As the Stage 4 Archaeological Investigation is underway, the building cannot be designed for future use until the results of the investigation have been satisfied and approved by various authorities. Once the Archaeological Investigation is complete and pending the results of that investigation, the Allandale Historic Station Land will become operational, however redevelopment of that building has been deemed for other purposes.


Project Costs  
How much is the Allandale Transit Mobility Hub going to cost?

The total project budget for the Allandale Transit Mobility Hub is $9,900,450.00. The total project budget for the Downtown Miniature Hub is $326,700.00, resulting in a total forecast cost of $10,227,150.00.

How is this project funded?   

The Allandale Transit Mobility Hub and Downtown Mini Hub is supported and funded by the Government of Canada (40% contribution) and Government of Ontario (33.33% contribution) through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The City's contribution covers the remaining 26.67%.


Facility Construction
Will there be excessive noise during construction?

Excessive noise during construction is not anticipated.

During what days/hours will construction activities take place?

The intention is for the majority of work to be performed Monday – Friday between 7 a.m. – 4 p.m., occasionally work may take place outside of these hours and on Saturday in compliance with Barrie By-laws.  

Will there be bus route and traffic impacts during construction?

Specific details on construction plans will be provided as soon as they are available. Staff will work hard to ensure impacts to bus routes and traffic are minimized as much as possible.


Facility Operation
Will there be noise when the facility is open and operational?

A Noise / Vibration Impact Analysis was completed for the new Allandale Mobility Hub. There is expected to be minimal change to noise, and vibration levels compared to what currently exists today.

Will there be bus route impacts when the facility is open?

There will be changes to bus routes to ensure optimal service. Staff are undertaking a comprehensive network review to assess the best transit routing for Barrie moving forward. Your feedback is encouraged during the consultation periods at Barrie's Transit Vision.

Will it be designed to fit the character of the neighbourhood?

Yes. The intent of the project is to design a facility that fits within the neighbourhood, keeping a historical presence.

What will happen to the current Transit Terminal located downtown?

City Council's vision is to provide a year-round downtown Permanent Market at 24 Maple Avenue, the existing Transit Terminal location. Project details have not been finalized.


Integrated Project Delivery Approach
What is Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)?

IPD is a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize the project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction. Key features of IPD include:

  • Early involvement of key participants;
  • Shared risk and reward based on project outcome;
  • Joint project control;
  • Reduced liability exposure; and
  • Jointly developed and validated targets.

At the core of an IPD project are collaborative, integrated, and productive teams composed of all project stakeholders. Building upon early contributions of individual expertise, these teams are guided by principles of collaboration, open information sharing, team success tied to project success, shared risk and reward, value-based decision making, and utilization of full technological capabilities and support. The outcome of IPD is the opportunity to design, build, and operate as efficiently as possible.

What are the benefits of IPD?

Industry research suggests that most, if not all, IPD projects are high performers, delivering outcomes on or under budget, on or ahead of schedule, and most importantly, with owners expressing high satisfaction with overall value delivered.

With the complexities of a tight site, extensive consultation, proposed adjacent developments, and a high-profile project in the eyes of the public, IPD represented an optimum path to best align expectations and outcomes across every possible dimension for the Allandale Transit Mobility project.

Who is included on the IPD team for this project?

The IPD team consists of the representatives from following organizations. Additional team members will be onboarded to deliver the project.

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