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  1. I was in Munich last summer and their S-Bahn line S1 to the Airport works that way. Two short trains couple at Neufahrn and continue the rest of the way downtown. I remember wondering why there was such a long wait at Neufahrn and then later I noticed the train was longer than when I boarded. They have 7 lines sharing one tunnel downtown. It made waiting for the train you wanted quite long despite trains arriving very frequently.
  2. Given that the city needs to do some tests after receiving the keys (so to speak) and opening it for revenue service, it won't happen with a weeks notice (I am not even sure how they planned to get it running by the end of November with a November 2 handover unless they were expecting it to actually be completed much before that). The lack of an exact date is more an indication that they are being cautious and don't want to make yet another promise that they can't keep (twice bitten, three times shy).
  3. Thanks for the update. Last I heard they wanted to buy it but it wasn't official. I found an article with more details. Railway to Churchill, Man., sold — repairs to begin 'immediately' My point is that not all of ViA's Long Haul Services are tourist trains. I do agree that VIA should stop focusing on providing tourist experiences and instead focus on providing transportation solutions. If tourists also want to use the trains, that is great, but the focus should be on the locals. If you look at the schedule for The Canadian, someone can fly to Vancouver or Toronto, catch t
  4. As per the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Implementation Report – Project Definition and Procurement Plan – March 8, 2017 pg. 39. I can't find anything official beyond that at the moment.
  5. That is mostly true for The Canadian (even still there are some small communities that rely on its service though), but less so for the other routes, which while they do have a tourist component (what train doesn't) but also provide a vital link to the communities they serve. This is especially true for the Winnipeg-Churchill train as there are no roads to Churchill (though the train has been suspended indefinitely as the tracks were damaged by a flood and the owners claim they can't afford to fix them). The Ocean is also popularly used as a form of transportation and it is the one that use
  6. I was in London a month ago and many of the stations I went to didn't have ticket booths (though looking back, there was one at Waterloo station). I am not sure what his official title was, but on two separate occasions I saw the same "security" person (may have been British Transport Police, but I don't know) working at the same Paddington tube station entrance, and on both occasions he helped me with a transaction that I wasn't sure how to do (I also saw him similarly help others), so I assumed he was posted there to help and keep an eye on things. I did notice a large security presence a
  7. My guess is that they thought it would make sense for North/South routes to continue further north to Gatineau. They also probably chose shorter routes, which would tend to be the North/South ones. If you look back at old system maps (link provided by kmcamp on the Skyscraper page), route 8 (as we know it) wasn't created until 1985 (shortly after the transitway opened).
  8. Not sure if the STO would gain enough by not having to extend routes across the river to cover the cost of the extra trains OC Transpo would have to buy. Even if they did, it doesn't change the fact that the Confederation Line would be significantly closer to its ultimate capacity if we diverted all Ottawa bound riders from Gatineau to Bayview Station. This old Key Messages document indicates that if you include Gatineau traffic, by 2031 the ridership capacity required would be 24,000 pphpd (the ultimate capacity of the line). It isn't clear what they mean by "Gatineau traffic," but c
  9. The POW bridge isn't in a very good location to be the transit crossing, but it might be okay as a transit crossing (especially a secondary one). The big problem is the bridge is too far west. For Ottawa residents travelling to Gatineau, it is okay for those west of (or close to) the Trillium Line, but for anyone east of it, the POW bridge is a significant detour, so an alternate route would be needed. For Gatineau residents travelling to Ottawa, Bayview is not a destination that many people will be travelling to (even after the LeBreton Flats Redevelopment), so a transfer to the
  10. When I said "ahead," I was using it as a measurement of time. Not a determination of which system is better.
  11. Most (if not all) tube stations in London don't have collectors anymore either, but they do have a security guard at most (if not all) entrances who can help you if needed. A much more flexible solution as they are free to deal with other issues since they aren't confined to a booth.
  12. Certainly the YVR spur is popular, but while some times of day are more popular than other, it doesn't have the same level of crush demand that you see with commuters. Similar with Outlet Mall at Sea Island (which uses a different station). As a result, I remain to be convinced that a 6 minute frequency is inadequate for the spur. The same is true for Richmond–Brighouse. This is the bigger problem. My guess is that there isn't a need to increase frequency on the YVR spur, but to increase the frequency on the Richmond spur, they need to increase the frequency on the Airport
  13. Umm. Construction of Gatineau's Rapibus line was completed in the summer of 2013 and with service beginning in the fall of that year. That was 5 years ago so Gatianau is ahead.
  14. Also, the ticket machines will have a help button that will connect you to a live attendant who can take control of the machine.
  15. I don't see the need to significantly increase frequencies to the Ottawa Airport (one train every 10-15 minutes should be more than adequate to it). Ottawa's population is about 30 years behind Vancouver's and YOW won't ever be as busy as YVR, since we are so close to both YUL and YYZ. Once the Trillium line is eventually double tracked, and airport spur can be interlined, they can have 1 train in 3 or 4 go to the airport. As for the Vancouver Airport, I am not convinced it needs more frequent service than its peak of one train every 6 minutes. If the objective is to increase the freq
  16. Have you ever been to Quebec City? It a much older city than Ottawa, Waterloo, Hamilton and Missasauga (or even Toronto) and thus has very narrow streets, so there isn't room for surface rail in the core, so tunnelling is necessary. Other than Ottawa (which is much larger than Quebec City), I don't believe any of the other systems will be doing any significant amount of tunnelling. As for Gatineau, it followed Ottawa's lead and built a busway rather than going with rail. If you include busways as rapid transit, then it is well ahead of Waterloo,, Hamilton and Missasauga, despite bein
  17. Bayview is a little closer to the core, but if we are going spend the money to move Tremblay station, I would suggest moving it back downtown. As I said, it is a hybrid between Inter-city and Regional rail service. If VIA does its HFR program, they will likely provide Regional Rail service to Kingston. They might also split the service to Montreal to provide both Inter-city and regional services. I don't see any other nearby cities providing an anchor for regional service to Ottawa. Also, Greyhound would suffer if we cut into their regional services and they would likely pull out
  18. Agreed for the Renaissance and HEP2 ("Galley" club and Corridor coach cars) cars, but the refurbished LRCs are nice. They only have about 10 more years life before then need to be retired though (they had to be refurbished every 15 years and can't be refurbished again). One other thing, this procurement will only be for corridor services. VIA has yet to publish a review of its "Long Haul and Regional and Remote Services Fleets" (as stated on pg 51 of VIA Rail's Summary of the 2016 – 2020 Corporate Plan. The HEP1 equipment used on Western services was recently refurbished, though is ver
  19. I am certainly looking forward to all of those things, but the thing that I am most looking forward to is the Rideau East entrance. The idea of exiting onto William St and then walk along a pedestrian walkway into the market sounds amazing to me. Especially on a beautiful summer evening.
  20. When most recently refurbished, they configured the LRCs for bi-directional operation (half the seats are facing backwards), but that still doesn't solve the issue of only have a cab at one end of the train (they don't have enough locomotives to have one at each end of every train, though I have seen the occasional one configured this way). I often thought they should have refurbished the old LRC locomotives as cab cars. In many cases trains from Montreal continue on to Toronto and vice versa, but when they do need to turn trains around, there is a wye just east of Tremblay Station.
  21. Yup. It was originally put forward as part of their HFR plan, but the government decided to split the two proposals as the need for new equipment was urgent. Here is the press release from last June: https://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail/media-room/latest-news/44012/18-june-2018-via-rail-announces-trainset-manufacturers Personally I am hoping they go with Siemens. Brightline (in southern Florida) recently purchased their equipment and it looks really nice. Here is a video of someone riding it opening day, showing a tour of the train:
  22. Exactly. MOOSE realizes that they can't recover their costs from fares, so instead they are making their money on real-estate commissions (both on the initial sale and on every resale within their sponsored neighbourhood). Since transporting passengers costs money, they want to minimize the number of freeloaders who haven't paid real-estate commissions. True, though the city is planning on having rural bus riders transfer to the confederation line at the closest station. It does mean an extra transfer, but at least the bus can stop closer to the rider's residence. Trains do have
  23. The two biggest problems I see with Commuter rail in Ottawa are: The population outside of the Urban areas drop off sharply Ottawa no longer has tracks downtown that a commuter train could use. It is hard to measure, but each of the 6 legs on Moose's map only serves populations of about 10,000 people outside of the urban area and few people who live in those communities work (or otherwise regularly travel to) downtown Ottawa, so getting a train load of passengers each hour isn't feasible. As for the stations inside the urban area, they already have fast/frequent service to
  24. GeoOttawa only shows a platform on one side of the train, so that might have changed. We won't know for sure until the official plans are published.
  25. Quebec City is also proposing construction of a 23 km "Tramway" that includes two underground sections and would be complete by 2026: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-city-tramway-announcement-1.4577912 After that, I am not sure what city you suggest should have a rail transit system. Quebec's fourth largest Population Centre is Sherbrooke and with a CMA population of 212 thousand, it is much smaller than any of the Ontario cities building one.
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