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  1. I find the Aylmer (Plateau) option to be a good option. Easy road access, parity with the east and central areas of Gatineau having their own hospital, and a nice large piece of land to do things properly with future possibility to further expand if ever required. Hoping this is where it gets built.
  2. I think the point of platform level gates that makes them undesirable is that if you want to switch from eastbound to westbound (or vice versa) platforms, you have to exist one set of gates and re-enter the other ones. This isn't common and I know that a lot of people remark on this fact in Montreal at Bonaventure (although at Bonaventure, you can switch from one platform to another via a small narrow bridge between the platforms and concourse level, but it is stairs only). Personally at Queensview, I don't think it will be much of an issue but definitely one of the odd-balls in the netwo
  3. Seems to suggest based on the wording that there is a track issue they want to address "pro-actively" before it worsens or becomes a bigger issue? But yes bad timing.
  4. Regardless of how REM is being done and financed, it is a big benefit and will definitely create much improvement in public transit in Montreal and the region. For that, I am happy and welcome its arrival. The cost to the city and other levels seems reasonable for what is being offered and done. I too am very much looking forward to it. Eager to ride through La Gare Centrale in a year and a half. Equally eager to see how the entrance will be done visually in the Gare Centrale from the main grand hall. Hopefully they keep the current look as much as possible (with elevators added on) and not so
  5. Lots of possibilities. Extending Expo east from Waterfront would be an interesting option, although it would also be equally interesting to see it extend at Burrard. The complexities of doing it at Burrard no doubt would be due to the station and lines being stacked and underground so extending this without a decent shutdown may be one of the challenges in that routing. Waterfront is essentially on the surface going east at that point, so it could be connected without causing a big shutdown. Of course, shutdowns don't necessarily inform or dictate how such a project is designed or chosen
  6. If I remember correctly, they had said at the time Stage 2 was starting that they would be providing even better updates than what was done in Stage 1. I find the updates went from weekly to monthly if even that. Although what they would report in the weekly updates was sometimes 2-3 weeks late. If you go on your newsletter for Stage 2, there is a link at the top to see the archives, but it only shows the last dozen or so that were sent, anything older is not retained it would seem.
  7. Shane


    I would love to see the Trim lot get compacted to a third of it's footprint by replacing it with a parking structure. It would make it easier for people to reach the station (be covered from the elements and a shorter walk even at the farthest corner). The rest of the land could be then repurposed for other developments.
  8. Shane


    To me, being attached or located adjacent to the parkade would have reduced the burden financially on the Airport Authority as the structure is already there, as are the walkways. It would also permit further expansion of the line should that ever be deemed useful or warranted. The current solution is very good and I have no complaints.
  9. Shane


    That would have been an interesting approach. Not sure why they didn't. The parkade and existing walkway to the terminal would be sufficient and adequate to reach the terminal. Would have created a more streamlined look, like the UP express at Pearson, while having it extend to the hotels nearby would have been like the Link Train that serves the two terminals and Viscount parking. Although at that point such an extension is more to the airports benefit and the nearby hotels than anything else.
  10. Very interesting find. Really illustrates clearly the populations in proximity to each of the stations. It does appear less ideal than it sounds at first glance. 5km as we have often discussed is not a reasonable walk-able distance and not something most people can be expected or even want to do. It would be very interesting to see it shown more as 1km from the stations. Surely those near Rideau, Bayshore, and other high saturation areas would peak on such a list with the rest being quite low. Even locations like Jeanne d'Arc or Convent Glen with housing on both sides of the highway would show
  11. Shane


    I am not against this. The Trim park and ride lot is quite large and expansive, however if ridership does increase from those living in Rockland, etc... the lot capacity may not handle it indefinitely. There is nothing worse than arriving at a park and ride lot and not finding a spot to park, or having to circle indefinitely. I have never tried Trim but back in the day, the ones at Place d'Orleans were always full by the time I would arrive to try to use it. In that case, I would eventually give up and drive the rest of the way, unable to properly park my car where I had wanted to take the bus
  12. Welcome to the start of the Snapshot Updates discussion channel.
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  15. Welcome to the start of the O-Train Fans discussion channel.
  16. I agree. It seems like it will be very large for the type of traffic it may see. With a highway pedestrian overpass as well as multiple station levels, it seems to compare to Blair but without the lower bus level, and adding extra above.
  17. Articles should be linked to and not copy pasted on to the site. Further more, Stage 2 newsletters, or press releases from the city can be posted in full but those are generally the only exceptions.
  18. Please do not post content from other sites or forums on RailFans. the primary focus and scope of this site is on Rail Transportation and at this time there is about 1500 posts on the O-Train and around 700 on buses. I would encourage the discussions to focus on Rail over bus as the audience for bus on these sites is very limited. Off topic discussions are welcome but the proportion is clearly out of balance. At this time, the existing posts will remain but no further posting of this nature will be allowed. Again I encourage you all to shift the discussion to Rail. Thank you for
  19. I was not aware that this was taking place. I will state that copying from one site to another is not permitted on Rail Fans. Furthermore, if this is in fact the sole reason the NCR forum was set to private, that is unfortunate. As always, if there is ever an issue, I am always available to be contacted. If information is being posted on CPTDB, please do not re-post here (or at a minimum, say there is new information and provide a link for interested people wishing to see it). I will be investigating and reviewing the situation Thank you.
  20. Thank you David. The music is more an issue of money. I use Epidemic Sound for the music in the videos. It is a subscription based service in that as long as you are subscribed, any videos that are uploaded while the subscription is active are cleared for life. As I am not doing any videos that are using their music for the time being, it didn’t make sense to keep paying at this time for just adding music to the livestream. That’s why the music backing is gone and the stock videos came into the picture. I feel it’s a good change and more informative. Since a livestream continues inde
  21. Environmental assessment for the Ontario Line – A thorough review https://www.railfans.ca/news/environmental-assessment-for-the-ontario-line-a-thorough-review There are several interesting points, especially on noise mitigation: Noise walls will not be the only part of the plan. The toolkit also includes options such as rail dampers, continuously-welded rail, ballast mats, floating slabs, resiliently supported rail ties and highly resilient fasteners. All of these have been proven effective on transit lines around the world. In Ottawa, we have some definite noise issues and
  22. I'm relatively happy with what he has done. Obviously in politics, you win some you loose some, so it is natural that not everyone is seen favorably all the time. Still, for what matters to me in the city, he has done a good job and is very supportive on getting the O-Train across the city. We had stalled on that for too long that it is good to have someone pushing for it to be built and opened. Will be interesting to see what happens next for him, re-election or retirement from the top job in the city.
  23. That's a pretty big statement to make. But judging by how things are going so far it isn't hard to imagine. Splitting concrete, water leaks, smell, dump truck volume of salt.... Very discouraging to see this happening. They have made improvements but it is still lacking in a lot of key areas, especially what affects the longevity of the infrastructure. You'd think they would be interested in keeping things in top condition to save money down the road from expensive and elaborate repairs, but..... Again, we only see the surface of all of this. Reliability and improvements have been ma
  24. Can I have the latest renders for each station to ensure I have the latest ones? The latest Stage 2 Project renderings can be found on Ottawa.ca/stage2. As designs advance, additional renderings will be made available to the public on the website. When do we expect the Stadler FLIRT trains to be tested and seen on the Line? The Stage 2 Trillium Line Stadler FLIRT Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) vehicles are currently being manufactured in Bussnang, Switzerland. The car shells for the first vehicle were recently completed and painted following their successful First Art
  25. I feel like Customer Service counters could be done away with, but just retain one point of presence, such as the one at Rideau being centrally located. For those issues that can't be dealt with at a ticket machine, one point of presence is more than enough. I think that is how it is for the most part in Montreal. The main counter was at Berri-UQAM, but the past year they seem to be doing away with that and having small popup counters at select stations. For a city of our size, one is all that is needed I would think. I would have preferred to have seen it in the actual Rideau Station rather t
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