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Construction Project

Allandale Transit Mobility Hub
& Downtown Mini Hub

T​his project consists of building an 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 int​​egrated public transit system.​

This project will include the following major components:

  • The Allandale Transit Mobility Hub will be located within Barrie's Allandale area to centrally locate an 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

2022 Q3​ ​   
  • A Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) has been completed to satisfy the City’s obligation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) and the cultural heritage resource preservation policies of the City of Barrie Official Plan. The HIA concluded that the proposed development will have no heritage impacts on the designated property. The HIA will be submitted during the Site Plan Application (SPA) process. 
  • The consulting and design team has been procured. 

​2022 Q2​ ​   
  • Staff Report FAC003-22 highlighted the revised path forward for the project. Please refer to the Downloads section on this page to access the report.

  • ​An Investing in Canada Infrastru​cture Program (ICIP) Modification Request and Construction Application was completed and submitted to ICIP for review, to utilize and maximize the funding for transit related capital projects.

  • A Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) is underway to satisfy its obligation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) and the cultural heritage resource preservation policies of the City of Barrie Official Plan.

  • The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team completed a Validation Report that includes the project description, history, stakeholder engagement and a list of the technical scope and deliverables of the project which is attached as Appendix A in Staff Report FAC003-22. 

2021 Q4 / 2022 Q1​ ​   
  • The​ Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) team continues to finalize project validation information including conditions of satisfaction, design briefs, conceptual plans, the expected schedule, and cost. A Staff Report will be presented to Council to communicate the design, cost and scheduling details once finalized.
  • The following site due diligence activities have been completed over the past quarter: Supplemental Site Survey for the Allandale Transit Mobility Hub, Supplemental Geotechnical Report, Site Survey for the Downtown Mini Hub, Development Viability Assessment for Metrolinx, Physical Locates, and Consultations with Authorities Having Jurisdiction. ​

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.

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.
  • provide an extremely efficient building by targeting Net-Zero energy 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 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.






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