OSEG outlines Lansdowne transportation plan

Bring your enthusiasm, but leave your car at home.

That's the message from the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) as it gets ready for the CFL's return to the capital with the REDBLACKS home opener on July 18.

On Monday, the group unveiled its transportation plan. It hopes 40% (or about 8,800 people) take advantage of the free shuttle service. People can drive their car and then catch a ride from Vincent Massey Park, the R.A. Centre, Carleton University or Canada Post (at Riverside and Heron).

OSEG is counting on just over 20% (or 4,800 people) catching a ride with OC Transpo or STO. Free service will start three hours before the event and continue for three hours after the event. There will be an extra 50 to 60 OC Transpo buses on top of regular service.

OSEG's parking studies conclude there are 2,500 parking spaces in surrounding neighbourhoods for the people drive their cars to the games or other major events. It's expected about 20% of attendees will choose this option.

But Councillor David Chernushenko warned that will likely be a hassle and some of the spaces are upwards of a 25 minute walk away. Plus, motorists might have to worry about time limits and possibly getting a ticket.

"But saying 'We told you that it's only three hour parking.' And if the game experience is four, four and a half hours, maybe you should have taken a bus, used the shuttle."

The remaining 12% of event-goers are expected to walk or bike to the site.

OSEG CEO Bernie Ashe said he is confident in the detailed plan.

"It will require some patience from people, but we're very confident. We're not doing something that has never been done before. Getting to a downtown site has been done numerous times around North America and Ottawa will be successful."

There will be no parking on site at Lansdowne Park during game day or during other events with 15,000 attendees, unless you're a club seat or suite holder.

OSEG is footing the bill for all transportation related costs, including the shuttles and free OC Transpo and STO rides.

The group hired SP GAMEDAY, which has overseen transportation plans for several Olympic Games and Super Bowls.

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