Conversations

A Discussion on VIA Rail's New Fleet for the Corridor with David Bellerive - December 2021

VIA Rail Canada is acquiring 32 new Siemens SC-42 & Venture trainsets to completely replace and modernize its busy corridor service (operating between Windsor and Quebec City). This segment of the passenger rail network is the busiest in Canada, accounting for around 70-80% of all ridership.These new trainsets are stunning, complete with an eye-catching and classy new look, many new…

O-Train Line 1 - A Discussion on the State of the O-Train with Jeff (J.OT13) - November 2021

O-Train Line 1 opened in September 2019. In the following 2 years of service, it has encountered numerous technical challenges. The most recent set of issues involved two derailments, 6 weeks apart in August and September 2021. In this video discussion with Jeff (J.OT13), we talk about the recent incidents, the information that has been shared, the work that has been…

Toronto’s Ontario Line, the trains, stations, line and more with Malcolm MacKay, Program Sponsor

Toronto's Ontario Line is a much-anticipated transit project that will feature 15 stations along a 15.6-kilometre route, operating underground, at grade and on elevated guideways, running from Exhibition Place, through downtown and reaching the Ontario Science Centre. This line will provide much-needed relief to the existing transportation options while connecting new communities to the rapid transit network. In this video discussion…

Réseau Express Métropolitain with David Bellerive - September 2021

The Réseau Express Métropolitain in Montreal will transform commuting and transit in the city over the next 10 years. With 26 stations and 67 km of track, and even more announced in the near future, this project has really gathered much excitement and generated lots of anticipation. In this video discussion with transit and rail enthusiast David Bellerive, we talk about…

Toronto’s Finch West LRT with Wade O’Leary, project Vice President - August 2021

Toronto is building a new Light Rail Transit line in the northwestern region of the city. This new line will feature 18 new stops (including one underground station and one below-grade), along an 11km rail alignment, stretching from the TTC's Finch West (University Line) subway station to Humber College. The line will make use of the Alstom Citadis Spirit light…

O-Train Service Update with Troy Charter - August 18, 2021

On Sunday, August 8th in the afternoon, one LRV that was not in service, experienced a minor derailment shortly after departing Tunney's Pasture terminus station. In this short video discussion with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations at OC Transpo, we touch on this service incident, and the facts and investigations that continue to take place into the root cause. --------------- Explore the…

Transit app with Stephen Miller, Communications Lead - July 2021

Transit is a rapidly growing and evolving app designed to make using transit easier for commuters. From learning about the next departure times, to trip planning, and even knowing crowding levels and purchasing fares, this made in Montreal app has revolutionized the transit experience. In this video conversation with Stephen Miller, Communications Lead at Transit, we discuss this incredible app, how…

Toronto's Line 3 Scarborough RT - The History and Technology, Expansion Options and Closure with Seth McDermott - July 2021

Line 3 Scarborough (originally known as the Scarborough RT or SRT) is a light rapid transit line and part of the Toronto TTC's Subway system. Featuring 6 stations, along a length of 6.4km of mostly elevated track, it connects with Line 2 Bloor-Danforth at Kennedy Station. The northeast terminus is McCowan. The line operates the Intermediate Capacity Transit System (ICTS) Mark…

Réseau express métropolitain, Montréal's new transit system, with spokesperson Jean-Vincent Lacroix

The currently under construction Réseau express métropolitain, will be Montreal's newest transit system. Featuring 26 stations and a length of 67 kilometres, and stretching from the south shore to Deux-Montagnes in the north and Anse-à-l'Orme in the west, it is poised to transform rapid-transit in the Greater Montreal Region in the coming years. Featuring exciting new underground stations in downtown Montreal,…

Discussing the Gatineau Tramway with Maude Marquis-Bissonnette, Mayoral Candidate - July 2021

The Gatineau Tramway, proposed for the west-end of the city, will transform public transit, most notably in the Plateau and Aylmer sectors, which currently do not have any rapid transit offered. In this video discussion with Maude Marquis-Bissonnette (Mayoral Candidate, Leader of Action Gatineau, and councillor for Plateau), we discuss the tramway project, the eventual rapibus conversion, the tramway insertion into…

Discussion on the Stations of O-Train Line 1 with Jeff (J.OT13) - June 2021

O-Train Line 1 features 13 stations, spread over a length of 12.5km and opened in September 2019. In this video with Jeff (J.OT13 on the Rail Fans community), we discuss and provide commentary on all 13 stations, including the highlights and the areas that they could have been done differently or have room to be improved upon. --- 00:00 - Opening 00:19 - Introduction 01:11…

Transition to a Zero-Emission Bus Fleet with Pat Scrimgeour, Director of Transit Customer Systems and Planning - June 2021

OC Transpo in Ottawa has recently announced their intention and plan to transition to a Zero-Emission Bus Fleet by 2035. In this video discussion with Pat Scrimgeour, Director of Transit Customer Systems and Planning, we talk about this important endeavor towards battling Climate Change, and touch on the following points of interest: ---00:00 - Opening 00:19 - Introduction 00:44 - What are the benefits…

O-Train : Past, Present and Future, with David Bellerive, Rail Fans Enthusiast - June 2021

The O-Train is approaching 2 years of Revenue Service in September 2021. In this June 2021 video, David Bellerive (Rail Fans Enthusiast and the Host of the Official O-Train Livestream) and I, reflect on the start of service, how things went, where things are now and what is to come in the near future with Stage 2. --- 00:00 -…

O-Train Technical Discussion with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations - June 2021

The O-Train Confederation Line (also known as O-Train Line 1), is a 12.5km long, fully grade-separated, 13 station rapid transit system, operated in the City of Ottawa by OC Transpo.In this June 2021 video conversation with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations at OC Transpo, we discuss the intricacies of the line's operation, and touch on the following points of…

Transit-Oriented Development in Ottawa with Alain Miguelez, Manager of Policy Planning at the City of Ottawa - April 2021

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is a form of urban development, which maximizes the number of residential, business, commercial, and leisure spaces within walking distance of public transportation.In this April 2021 video discussion with Alain Miguelez, Manager of Policy Planning at the City of Ottawa, we discuss Transit-Oriented Development in Ottawa. Areas discussed include: What is TOD. How are we building TOD in Ottawa. What…

O-Train Improvements and Enhancements with Pat Scrimgeour, Director of Transit Customer Systems and Planning - March 2021

Ottawa's O-Train system continues to move forward with improvements and enhancements to better serve and support customers and passengers. In this March 2021 interview with Pat Scrimgeour, Director of Transit Customer Systems and Planning, we discuss some of the improvements and enhancements that are being undertaken on the O-Train. Areas discussed include work to allow fare gates at stations and Presto readers…

West-End Gatineau Tram with Myriam Nadeau, President of the STO - March 2021

The City of Gatineau is moving forward with opportunity studies to determine the need, technology, route options to better serve the West-End of Gatineau (specifically Aylmer and the Plateau). It has been determined that a service offered by rail is needed to provide adequate service in the future for these growing communities as well as providing service in and out…