GATINEAU and OTTAWA — On May 26, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, in conjunction with Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) and OC Transpo, announced the signing of a historic transit agreement between the two cities. In addition to integrating Société de transport de l’Outaouais (STO) bus routes with the new O-Train Confederation Line, the agreement also provided for the creation of a bilateral working group on long-term interprovincial transportation planning.

Following up on the May 26 announcement, the mayors of Gatineau and Ottawa today announced the mandate and composition of the Working Group, as well as its meeting schedule.

From now on, this new forum will be referred to as the “Joint Transportation Working Group”.

The Working Group’s mandate will be to study and make recommendations on questions related to interprovincial transportation, including transit and active transportation, as well as any transportation infrastructure projects likely to have impacts on both sides of the Ottawa River.

To ensure that this committee carries on the existing spirit of collaboration between Ottawa and Gatineau, the mayors have named ex officio members who are currently driving key transportation files in both cities. These members are:

City of Gatineau:

  1. Mayor of Gatineau (or his designated representative)
  2. Chair of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais
  3. Chair of the Commission des transports
  4. General Manager of the Société de transport de l’Outaouais

City of Ottawa:

  1. Mayor of Ottawa (or his designated representative)
  2. Chair of the Transit Commission
  3. Chair of the Transportation Committee
  4. General Manager of OC Transpo

Additional staff from both cities and transit agencies will join the Working Group depending on the topics under consideration.

The Joint Transportation Working Group will meet at least twice a year; additional meetings may be called as required. Meeting locations will alternate between Gatineau and Ottawa, beginning in early 2018.