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  1. 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. Good Day. Yes, the design could be better, but this is what we get for lesser cost and faster construction time when they modified it rather than rebuilding the entire site. Remember that the original plan for Blair had been rail under bus loop - immeasurably better (like St.Laurent, which could easily be fare-paid) but more costly and longer construction and more disruption. It also would have been better for eastward extension - a straight tunnel under Blair Rd. , again like St.Laurent, rather than curvey-curvey. (St.Laurent still needs to have the surface bus loop rebuilt because
  3. 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.
  4. Good Day. Yup - single track for quite some time to come. They did do some studies about twinning the tunnel in some manner (around about the previous expansion, when passing tracks were put in to increase frequency of service <<snort>>), but preliminary engineering said that the disruption to the Arboretum would be considerable, including the loss of several unique specimens. And alternatives to a simple twinning were far too expensive for the expansion considerations at that point, so it was pretty much locked in as a single tunnel until the massive shutdown to come for
  5. Good Day. City has posted a slightly more comprehensive description of work on the Dow's Lake Tunnel specifically : Project Spotlight: Upgrades for the Dows Lake Trillium Line Tunnel https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/major-projects/stage-2-light-rail-transit-project/project-updates#project-spotlight-upgrades-dows-lake-trillium-line-tunnel EnJoy!
  6. Good Day. A thought.... it may have had something to do with needing access to the mechanisms during all the door problems and difficulties, and now that this has been 'cured', they are finally installing the covers that were meant to have been there all along ??? FWIW.
  7. Good Day. Yes, it has always been planned as a RoW-separated T-way. That is also why and along with the push from time-to-time to get it built as rail straight off, rather than BRT and then convert. We'll see what happens with that - I expect not much. It will be a far future Stage 4 or 5. EnJoy!
  8. Good Day. Yes, I get them for the most part, but...... only after much effort and signing up more than three full tiimes and several item specific times. I still do not get all the ones I 'signed up' for. And do not bother trying their 'edit preferences' option...... you get nowhere fast. Overall, I have always had many problems with City website. Searching is virtually impossible. <sheesh> Edit : If you are still getting no joy, then the City website has an archive page of all the messages and notices : https://ottawa.ca/en/planning-development-and-construction/
  9. Good Day. I like it. The exposed guts always struck me as 'unfinished'. And it -should- help keep the howling snow and rain out of the guts. I hope ! EnJoy!
  10. Good Day. Yep....AFAIK TenthLine has always been and still is in the books. Jasmine/Gloucester should still be IMO, but I too have a hard time envisioning a location for it now. If it takes over the pocket track, then maybe, but that is on the west side of the flyover and too close to Blair....... the station should be on the east side of the flyover...... so.........a lotta shoehorn fitting to be done......... ouch ! As for OTC - I truely believe that it was a political sop to keep somebody off the record. It only makes sense for the politicians and civilservants at OTC. It is
  11. Good Day. Hate to disappoint you all, but...... That spiral ramp between the 2 escalators has been there for a VERY LONG time. It always has been a ramp, and was spiral one loop around the central open space (which was in this last year filled in with the double sided, two floor shuttle elevator). I have no time frame since I have been taking trains from there for a long time and did not find it necessary to note its presence especially (I've been here since 1978). It was there for people who had large luggage that were not supposed to take the escalators. If you take a close lo
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    Good Day. I worked for many years at CDH, and when asked, PWGSC (the owner) repeatedly answered with variations on security problems, legal liability problems, jurisdiction problems, unfair to our vendors and shoppes, etc., to the effect of - it's never going to happen. Personally, I believe (with no evidence except observation) that a small tunnel already exists across Kent between the Hotel and CDH, behind closed unlabeled plain locked inconspicuous doors off small out-of-the-way corridors (behind the hotel elevators and staircase and the CDH west washrooms), for use by Security an
  13. Good Day. Yep...I read the article - it is discussing more the heat caused by brake shoes against the wheel itself, common in heavy rail systems such as freight train freight cars, and some LRV systems. Our problems are more due to other causes, whatever they may be. In photos posted at RTG. You can see that we have disc brakes mounted outside the wheels themselves. This avoids most of the heat-from-braking problem discussed, and is used for this very reason. It does go into other causes of wheel cracking, but only lightly. We await TSB.
  14. Good Day. Similar in Boston and suburbs.... I was there about seventeen years ago, on an otherwise empty platform waiting for a heavy rail commuter to downtown with 5 friends, and an express came through a bit before..... and I mean express. Same track, at the platform, and it just screamed through. No slowing. If I had not been holding the steps' handrail to watch it, about 10 feet back, I would have been bowled over. No apologies, and no expectation of other than personal responsibility for anyone on that platform (with which I have no problem). A really good view of the train. No, I do
  15. Good Day. Yes, indeed, this will be a major improvement that was rolled into the T-Line Phase 2 overall project early on. The O-Train line will fly over the VIA corridor and the transitway road and Sawmill creek, and dive under Heron Rd. There will be only one single track bridge built as of the last plans we saw (an error IMHO - it should have been double-track capable straight up) and the possibility for a freight level crossing just to the east side of the present alignment (although this may have changed with the CN-CP abandonment filing with Transport Canada (including Walkley Yards)
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