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  1. I obviously shared a lot of my first impressions over on Twitter, but thought I would do a more “long form” impression over here. I’ll try to keep it relatively compact, but I want to cover all of the stations, from East to West. Overall Impression The Ottawa LRT is a misnomer. In terms of scale and infrastructures, this is definitely in the light metro, almost heavy metro category. For someone’s visiting the city, whichever station they see first, they are in for a shock: the scale is on par with Montreal, Toronto or other cities, and in some cases, even more impressive. It w
    6 points
  2. So over the past few years I've been collecting the renders RTG and the city would put out with the idea that I would compare them to what has actually been built. I went out today and did the first batch of stations and images. I still have more images to process but here's an initial look at renders compared to reality for Blair.
    5 points
  3. I emailed McKenney and Leiper suggesting Carling be renamed Dow's Lake. Carling is a major east-west artery with two stations (Carling and Lincoln Fields); the current name does little to tell people where they are. Dow's Lake is a year-round destination well known by locals and tourists alike. To boot, the area around Dow's Lake and the station has seen and will continue to see major projects, with thousands of condo units, the redevelopment of the Booth Street complex and of course the new Civic Hospital.
    4 points
  4. Here's Stage 2's response (impressed with how quickly they replied this time around). Seems the estimates went up, which is not surprising after a year's experience with Stage 1.
    4 points
  5. I also believe freqency would have been a better investment than per-vehicle capacity. Decreasing to a 8 minutes timetable between train along a double alignment would have provided still more capacity overall and room for expansion. It just seems like a compromise so they don't have to include a widened bridge and tunnel around Carleton station. Line 2 is, and for a while, will remain more of a commuter train than a real "light rail" system to me for as long as they don't increase frequency. I am still happy service to the airport is being added as part of Stage 2, and not being built as
    4 points
  6. I drew this diagram a couple of years ago (before I learned how to make use of proper mapping tools..) Essentially this line would run parallel (or share?) the Trillium Line corridor South of Walkley and eventually cross over using a grade-separated structure to replace the Trillium Line on the airport spur. I drew another (incomplete) one showing the general network as well as how this yellow line could be continued past the downtown to basically be used as another line down the Montreal Rd corridor. Anyway, I have more thoughts about this topic but I just wanted t
    4 points
  7. (I posted this once my my cell, but it didn't seem to go through) Yep. I took the pic at 13:25. Trains were held for about 10 min. Guy jumped the turnstile as I was entering from the Rideau west (Scotia) entrance and he went to the westbound platform. I went to the eastbound side. He jumped onto the tracks and climbed over the fence (with his light saber in his belt I might add...) and started pacing on the eastbound platform. He puts his Jedi outfit on (mask and hoodie up with sword in belt) so I called 911 and shortly thereafter a train pulls and an he gets on. (the video)
    4 points
  8. To go with the announcement today, here is the video of the end-to-end ride, that I was fortunate to be a part of.
    4 points
  9. Hey guys !!! Back with a brend new spotting, lot's of stuff in there, pretty long but hope you'll enjoy. Cheers !
    4 points
  10. Yep, that's pretty much all from the chianello article, which was mostly truthful but taken to mean different things out of context. If rtg keeps up with snow removal, I don't anticipate any significant problems in normal conditions. Maybe a major ice storm could take down some OCS, but the city is shutting down at that point anyway. The trains can take on a fair amount of snow. Even with fresh snow fallen several inches above the rails, with no trains having passed by in hours, a train will do fine as long as it doesn't stop. If it stops it will have to take a run at it. But keep in mind this
    4 points
  11. My birthday cake of a 1989 MCI Classic on the 31, from Baskin Robbins which I specifically chose since I'm now 31, The ice cream inside is a special flavour called Love Potion #31 and this image on the cake was a big surprise for me!
    3 points
  12. I've written to my Councillor regarding the new system map: Good evening, I've taken time to familiarize myself with the new O-Train system map and have a few comments. The colour of Line 3 is not clear. I've heard brown, gold, olive and mustard over the last few hours between social media and my household. In many cities, lines are identified by colour in conversation (prend la ligne orange et transfert à la ligne bleu pour vous rendre à l'UdeM), but that sort of exchange could be confusing with such an ambiguous colour. I understand that OC Transpo had to choose colours that
    3 points
  13. I crunched the numbers for the O-Train expansion, Stage 1 to 3. City staff have always been bad at estimating costs, but I'm wondering now if prices have gone way up or if the City is trying to overcompensate by presenting ridiculously high estimates for Barrhaven. These are Confederation only since Trillium is a very different transit line. Stage 1 (2012) 12.5 kilometers - 13 stations Station spacing - 1 kilometer Central feature - 2.5 kilometer tunnel with three subway stations $2.1B or $168 million per kilometer Stage 2 (2019) 27 kilometers - 16 stations S
    3 points
  14. Yes but my point is currently Stage 2 will bring the train across Orleans as far as Trim, but only to Moodie which is pretty much the outer edge of Kanata... not into Kanata. Once Stage 3 happens, Kanata will have some level of pairity that Orleans would have had for several years. While I am not against a second line into Orleans, I don't see them giving that priority over Montreal Road or Carling Avenue, if not someplace else deemed important, as those seem to be building in traction and interest. Time will tell as they are working on the new Transportation Master Plan, so priorities ma
    3 points
  15. My proposed alternative to the 2030 Carling Tram. I estimate the completion date for a fully underground system around the late 2040s. Any thoughts?
    3 points
  16. taken today at Uplands.
    3 points
  17. I remember City staff providing estimates during a meeting a while back. It might have been in February or March 2019. I seem to recall it was under an hour (53 minutes?) between Trim and Moodie, but don't quote me on that. At the time, they also provided estimated travel from each Confederation termini to downtown. I found a CTV article quoting estimated travel times to the airport: Downtown-Airport: 40 minutes Moodie-Airport: 50-60 minutes Trim-Airport: 60 minutes https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/federal-government-commits-to-funding-lrt-stage-2-1.3461290 On SSP, some
    3 points
  18. I copy pasted my post from SSP and it looks a little wonky. The Stage 2 replay ends at "This is a concern on our type of system where we have low level platforms and it is a short step down to track level." The Stage 2 teams reply included a site plan showing the station configuration. As I understand it, the side platform will only be used during late evenings. During day time hours, the centre platform will be used exclusively. The directions on the site plan are late evening I imagine.
    3 points
  19. The data's all here! https://github.com/dellisd/OTrainMap/blob/stack/data/stage3barrhaven.json But in order to display the several options for the alignment by West Hunt Club requires some extra work that I just haven't had the time to get around to finishing... Soon though.
    3 points
  20. Hello there everyone, I am late to the party here in Ottawa but thought I would have some fun with being a train aficionado (nerd...) and the checklist. I am relatively new here and live also in Chicago, so pardon my blown pronunciations and other general lack of local knowledge. But I had fun putting this video together. Go see it on my YouTube channel Checklist 1 video Tom And sadly, I have been informed I made a big, yet wrong, assumption about the unofficial entrance... will keep at it!
    3 points
  21. Our Snapshot updates have resumed, now starting coverage for Stage 2 LRT construction. New to Snapshots will be video walkthroughs, discussing the current locations and what will be changing, and where everything will be once completed. Place d'Orléans https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-u...vember-24-2019 Orléans Blvd. Station https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-u...vember-24-2019 Jeanne d'Arc Station https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-u...vember-24-2019 Montreal Station https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-updates-2/snapshot-o
    3 points
  22. Thermo King is actually a HVAC manufacturer. They are responsible for fixing the HVAC systems on all OC buses since they all use systems from this company. They have a property where OC buses sometimes go for HVAC repairs. I'm not exactly sure where it's located. Jurassic Park is a bus storage lot specifically meant for retired or dead buses that aren't capable of being put in service. It's at St. Laurent garage. It got its nickname from the 1993 movie of the same name because the buses are said to be "ancient dinosaur buses". Eastway is a bus refurbishing facility located totally ou
    3 points
  23. Hey @occheetos. The new additions you are planning for the map are fantastic. Thank you for sharing some screenshots on the forums. Really gives a great visualization of the line and future expansion possibilities. I don’t think a map of this detail is available anywhere else. Or at least not one that is as clear to follow as yours. Well done. Thank you.
    3 points
  24. Previously when a train was disabled due to a door that couldn’t be closed and disabled , the CBTC control system needed to be bypassed which resulted in massive delays while the train was returned to Belfast Yard. Ken Woods today tweeted that this is no longer the case and when there is a door issue the CBTC doesn’t need to be cut out. Hopefully this will result in significantly reduced duration of delays and whatnot. Great news in any case.
    3 points
  25. Over the past few years I've been collecting the renders RTG and the city would put out with the idea that I would compare them to what has actually been built. I went out today and did the first batch of stations and images. I still have more images to process but here's an initial look at renders compared to reality for Cyrville.
    3 points
  26. Based on GeoOttawa, they have reduced station extensions to 100 meters (currently at 90 meters). As you've suggested David, the cabs will spill over the platforms. One thing of interest however, they have maintained 120 meters for Cleary and New Orchard, possibly because they will be "boxed-in" by tunnels. They might want to allow enough space should the platforms absolutely need to be extended in the future for capacities beyond what is currently projected (future 140 meter trains? A time when cabs will no longer be needed and doors can be added?) Platforms seem to be a little inconsist
    3 points
  27. The rail layer on geoOttawa shows where the extensions will be for each station. St. Laurent - Will be extended eastwards uOttawa - Entirely southwards Bayview - geoOttawa says east, despite entrance config Tunney's Pasture - Entirely westward Extensions for Stage 2 are also covered on geoOttawa. I've added this to my to-do list for the System Map.
    3 points
  28. I swear the only reason TTC uses boxy stainless steel riveted subway cars is so they can be a stand-in for New York City for movies and TV shows! ;)
    3 points
  29. This was uploaded earlier on the Kitchissippi ward website. Prep work will start on the tunnel alignment for Stage 2! http://kitchissippiward.ca/content/lrt-stage-2-prep-work-start-next-week-between-cleary-and-dominion
    3 points
  30. There shouldn't be a need for such extensive testing before adding an addition to the system - only for testing on the addition, plus some overnight testing of run-throughs. Adding to a system, using the same technology, doesn't pose nearly the same integration problems as launching a new system.
    3 points
  31. Yesterday, I recorded an informational video with Mayor Jim Watson and at that time he shared the good news that we are now awaiting occupancy on only one station. Rail is almost here and big milestones are being reached all the time. Won’t be long now. The video will be published on YouTube in the near future.
    3 points
  32. Went for a spot yesterday (April 1st) and last Thrusday (March 28th). Yesterday they were only testing double trains at a rate of one train every 7 to 10 minutes. Also speed of the Double trains seems to now match-up with that of the single trains. Enjoy the Video, I'll try to make more before the line opens ? ! P.S : I love the noise of these trains, almost subway like !
    3 points
  33. .Good afternoon all The following units were spotted at Tunney's Pasture yesterday at around 2:45pm 1107, 1109, 1121, *1116-1125 (*This was the only 2 car train) and a un-numbered unit I got a couple of pictures to share as well.
    3 points
  34. I took a short video at Bayview yesterday. With the escalators, the trains and the announcements it really felt like an active transit station yesterday afternoon. I can't wait for the system to finally open!
    3 points
  35. Went back today to spot some more. Very interesting day today. #1116, #1132, #1122, #1133, #1121, #1124, #1118, #1131, #1117, #1107, #1115 were rolling. As for the tests it appears, they were testing the Thales System at around 5pm today. Several times I saw going eastbound one train pulling inside the station and another train following very closely behind (about 50 meters behind). Very impressive to watch. Every time the front train would move, the one just behind would move also keeping the 50 meters gap. Around 7pm trains started doing more classic looking tests. But I re
    3 points
  36. Good Day. There is no extant timeline for a St.Laurent bus loop rebuild. They could not do it at the time of Phase 1 due to the use of the loop as T-way replacement service. As you note, a good time for it would be after the opening of the eastern Phase 2. As for furthur damage........well, they tried to re-seal the joints at the time of Phase 1, but <snort>. It has been leaking to some degree for years, but the Phase 1 conversion exacerbated the leaks big time. No patchwork was going to suffice, but they tried. NoJoy !
    2 points
  37. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Greyhound has greatly reduced intercity bus services including to and from Ottawa. The corporate parent of Greyhound is located in Scotland and has put the intercity bus company up for sale, holding on to their school bus operations. At one time many years ago when VOYAGEUR Bus Lines provided intercity bus service to and from Ottawa, the Ottawa - Montreal route was the busiest intercity bus route in Canada, with hourly departures between 5:00 AM and midnight. At the present day, MEGA-BUS that operates double decker motor coaches is still providing intercity bus se
    2 points
  38. I suspect that if the rest of the line were to be twinned that the single-track tunnel would function quite well. This is what Sacramento does on its main line crossing of a river. And it can seem like that bridge, as would be the case for the tunnel, is in pretty much constant use with trains going both ways in sequence. If the sequencing is properly automated why would it not work? The transit time through the tunnel is a bit more than a minute at best which means that the tunnel could handle at least 15-20 trains per hour in each direction . . .
    2 points
  39. I went back today to see these new elements. It is short, but it gives a good idea of how it is taking shape. I
    2 points
  40. I agree that on the 'surface' the best option of the two is underground under Sparks. This would allow connections to both Lyon and Parliament stations. It was stated that the intention would be to have the stations of both lines connect together to allow seemless or indoor transfers between. This would also allow additional entrances to the O-Train from Sparks Street, rather than only being on Queen. There was concern before about Bayview being the main transfer station between both cities but now that the plan is becoming more firm on the location to transfer being in the main downtown
    2 points
  41. Haven't noticed. I'll keep an eye out. Pretty disappointing if they don't; those pylons are one of the coolest features of our system.
    2 points
  42. The Bank Street alignment is probably one of the most "logical" north-south alignment as it doesn't overlap too much with existing alignment while serving an actual north-south axis. Generally speaking, agreed "effective" radius for mass-transit is around 600m from station. In this context, I created a map of where potential stations would be versus existing / future Trillium line stations, and there is not that much overlap. The only real overlap between the two lines is Walkley if built as separate stations. Of course it would be a REALLY expensive endeavour, but it is one of
    2 points
  43. Last night I noticed a derail was installed south of Greenboro station, which likely indicates that work will or is taking place on the rails themselves south of the station.
    2 points
  44. I swear, while doing the first checklists that I saw different combinations of trains months apart. It can't be that difficult to couple and uncouple, plus the forever empty drivers cabs that face each other are lit up and working... if permanently not going to be used, I doubt they would still have equipment in them running up hourly time prior to overhaul/replacement. If it is hard, I bet it is only the software and control room programming.
    2 points
  45. Oh, like work, family..real important... hahahahaha... [having train withdrawal...]
    2 points
  46. Wow. There's a lot to unpack here so I'll try to go through it point by point. True, gasoline has a relatively high energy density when compared to many things. Luckily, that is irrelevant to this conversation since buses are big and have more than enough room for batteries (see here: https://www.proterra.com/vehicles/catalyst-electric-bus/). Electric vehicles are also relatively 'slow' to charge but again this is irrelevant since fully 2/3's of the bus fleet is idle in the depot for most of the day affording them ample opportunity to charge. OC Transpo's dispatch software also already include
    2 points
  47. Hi folks. I've been keeping an eye on the new Line 2 names, and I've finally collected the whole set: C4: Northern Lights • Aurore Boréale C5: Nanuq • Polar Bear • Ours Polaire C6: Emily Murphy C7: Portage C8: Capteur de Rêves • Dreamcatcher C9: Rocket Richard
    2 points
  48. Here is a few things we can look forward to see this summer, even though we will still not ride the trains: 12 days service simulation (mostly 4 minutes intervals, coupled-units, with full door and announcements operations) Removal of all fencing and finalization of operational arrangements (fall service, fleet reorganizations, MUP openings along the alignment) Regular scheduled running of units, especially after handover 360 degrees views of (each?) station As for opening in September, I am conflicted. Of course I am happy for it opening as soon as possible, but Se
    2 points
  49. I was out earlier today at Tremblay Station around 12pm, and I saw the following trains pass: 1112, 1124, 1131. I was only there for 5-10 minutes train spotting. They seemed to be operating at a 5 minute interval in both directions.
    2 points
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