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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. I was interviewed today by CTV Ottawa's Graham Richardson on the LRT and more specifically O-Train Fans and our monthly rider checklists. You can see the news article interview here : https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/rail-fans-explore-the-mysteries-of-ottawa-s-new-underground-lrt-1.4640961
    2 points
  37. Good Day. I have no numbers, but IMHO it would be reasonable to suggest that the frequency could increase CONSIDERABLY, given stations essentially at both ends of the tunnel (Carleton and Dow's Lake). I have to think any restriction would be minimal, especially if you gauntlet track the tunnel, eliminating the failpoint of switches.. FWIW.
    2 points
  38. I found another map of what Ottawa's Transit offering could be. Like on every proposed map, it has its strengths and weaknesses. But all of them have the immense merit of showing a vision. These illustrations of a potential future must also remind us that people are at the centre of these visions. I really like the three additional Downtown Stations. Found this one on reddit posted by u/Sagaris88 two years ago. Click to enlarge.
    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. From Jim Watson's Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimWatsonOttawa/status/1286680978317094912
    2 points
  41. Thank you for sharing the picture. I have added it onto the Montreal station page. If the final station can look this open and clean it will be to me a success from a visual perspective. At the very least a significant improvement over the current overpass / underpass, which is very dingy, dark and deteriorated. Indeed one to follow very closely with all the work involved.
    2 points
  42. I brought up a similar idea as an alternative to the Barrhaven LRT plan, and putting more thought into it leads me to believe there might not be as much demand as I believe for it. ViaRail remains a long-distance travel option and I do not really expect them to venture in the "commuter" rail business as their mandate is set on the federal level. Models like GO Transit in Toronto could probably be implemented, but I am not sure the existing track availability supports the population needs. Because of the greenbelt (which I truly love, sincerely), the needed tracks wouldnt be in
    2 points
  43. All bow down..the King has been crowned. That's a lot of work! But fun.
    2 points
  44. Here’s a better formatted list: 1101 1102 1103 1104 - 2016 1105 1106 - 2019 1107 1108 - 2018 1109 1110 1111 1112 1113 - 2018 1114 - 2018 1115 - 2016 1116 - 2016 1117 - 2018 1118 - 2018 1119 - 2016 1120 - 2018 1121 1122 - 2016 1123 1124 - 2017 1125 - 2018 1126 1127 - 2019 1128 - 2018 1129 - 2018 1130 - 2018 1131 - 2018 1132 - 2017 1133 - 2018 1134 - 2018
    2 points
  45. We were AMAZED and pleasantly surprised by how nice Ottawa's LRT is. Calling it an LRT is doing it an injustice because it really does feel like a metro similar to Montreal's. Trains were running every 4 minutes most of the day without a hitch. Enjoy our video and consider sharing it! https://youtu.be/ttek78mRoRg
    2 points
  46. Yes hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to take some interesting angles, and the next day it seems like I won’t be working. I’ll bring the Nikon with me, and I guess have quite some more to add to the gallery around here! Hopefully I’ll run into more enthusiasts that are excited about the launch!
    2 points
  47. Also in the document is the following info on the O-Train Line 2 Trillium closure and partial closure this summer:
    2 points
  48. Good Day. To be reasonable (to the bus, not to OC-T), and as has been noted before, the Hybrids were properly tested on local, high stop-and-start local routes only. Key - only. When OC-T purchased them and put them into service, they mis-used and abused them in running them as standard inter-route fleet resource, including cross-greenbelt high-speed no-stops routes. BIG wrong. Thus their efficiency and savings went up the proverbial exhaust pipe, literally, since they were specifically NOT designed for efficiency at long-distances at high-speeds. Result - self-fulfilling prophesy of
    2 points
  49. Here’s a few shots I took earlier this week of the clearing done at South Keys. Looks like they cleared about 25-30m wide along the entire extension. Couldn’t catch a pitcure, but gates and fencing is being installed between the various road access.
    2 points
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