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Harry Valentine

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  1. The 1959 closure of electric transit in Ottawa coincided with the opening for service of the international hydroelectric power dam on the St. Lawrence River, southeast of Ottawa. For over 40-years, Ottawa Electric Railway (OER) owned and operated a small hydroelectric generating installation on the south side of the Ottawa River, in a channel located south of the main hydroelectric power dam in the river. OER had access to local, low-cost electric power. Prior to the opening of the international hydroelectric power dam, Ontario Hydro had given notice that all small hydroelectric power dam
  2. An Australian boat builder is planning electric catamaran high-speed ferries. Such vessels could operate seasonal service along the Ottawa River, between Gatineau and Cumberland. Gatineau terminal within walking distance of Place du Portage government buildings . . . . terminals at Beaconhill North, Orleans North and Cumberland. In operation between early April to early December:
  3. I would begin by commending fellow group member Mike for starting the discussion about the proposed Ottawa - Gatineau tram: How about an overhead cable tramway across the Ottawa River? New York City has such a technology. On the Ottawa side, a terminus just west of the Chateau Laurier Hotel with cable route above the Rideau Canal extending across to Laurier in Gatineau. Another possible route between Place du Portage office tower and Wellington. A possible route would follow next to the Prince of Wales railway bridge and connect between near Bayview LRT station and St Joseph Blvd in
  4. Hi Mike, Thanks for starting this discussion. How about an overhead cable tramway across the Ottawa River? New York City has such a technology. On the Ottawa side, a terminus just west of the Chateau Laurier Hotel with cable route above the Rideau Canal extending across to Laurier in Gatineau. Another possible route between Place du Portage office tower and Wellington. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roosevelt_Island_Tramway#/media/File:Roosevelt_Island_Tramway_tower.jpg
  5. Do any members have any information regarding progress on the proposed grade separated rail/rail interchange between the Trillium O-Train line and the VIA Rail line?
  6. Transit enthusiasts might recall that Greyhound closed down their services across Canada, west of Sudbury ON. At one time, their Calgary - Edmonton service operated several return trips daily. I have been advised that Greyhound seeks to continue providing service on the Montreal - Ottawa and Ottawa - Toronto links, from some other location in Ottawa. At the present time and in response to the COVID pandemic, MEGA-BUS still offers regular service on the Montreal - Toronto route, carrying HALF-LOAD with 1-passenger per pair of seats . . . about 40-people on board a motor coach built to carry 83-
  7. 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
  8. There may be future potential for (seasonal) ferry transit along the Ottawa River, such as connecting Beacon Hill North to Place du Portage: https://www.boatingontario.ca/articles/possible-seasonal-ferry-boat-transit-service-on-the-ottawa-river
  9. Hydro Quebec is currently undertaking research and development into solid state batteries that hold more energy, are flame proof, recharge faster, provide over 20,000-deep discharge/recharge cycles and provide superior performance in cold weather. One future possibility for transit is that buses powered by such batteries could recharge during layovers at transit terminals. The benefit for articulated buses is that with electric traction, propulsion could be offered on both 2nd and 3rd axles . . . thereby resolving the winter traction issue involving articulated transit buses: https://spectru
  10. During winter, the 3-axle transit buses are the first to get stuck on snowbound roads, the articulated buses being the worst followed by the double decker buses. Of interest, many years ago Sydney (Australia) operated 3-axle diesel powered Renault PR180 articulated transit buses with power on both 2nd and 3rd axles . . . . and Sydney never gets winter snow. New Flyer International (NFI) has acquired the manufacturing rights to build the ADL buses in North America. NFI uses rear power axles from M.A.N. on their low-floor transit buses. M.A.N. also offers a technology that might be able to
  11. Several years ago, a former Ottawa mayor showed interest in developing regional commuter transit. At the time, the first westbound VIA Rail train from Montreal arrived at Ottawa just before 9:00 AM, after the Toronto bound train had departed. Then VIA Rail revised the schedule to operate a Montreal - Ottawa - Toronto train service that arrives at Ottawa at 8:20 AM, with stops at Alexandria ON and Casselman. Previously, the first westbound VIA Rail train bypassed Casselman, traveling at considerable speed and sometimes reaching 160-Km/hr on the straight stretch of track between Casselman and so
  12. Will anything be done about the rail - rail grade crossing between VIA Rail and OC Transpo LRT Trillium line? During evening rush hour period, VIA Rail has several trains leaving Ottawa for Toronto and arriving at Ottawa from Toronto. Is any consideration being given in regard to building an overpass for the LRT at the intersection with the VIA Rail line?
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