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  1. I obviously shared a lot of my first impressions over on Twitter, but thought I would do a more “long form” impression over here. I’ll try to keep it relatively compact, but I want to cover all of the stations, from East to West. Overall Impression The Ottawa LRT is a misnomer. In terms of scale and infrastructures, this is definitely in the light metro, almost heavy metro category. For someone’s visiting the city, whichever station they see first, they are in for a shock: the scale is on par with Montreal, Toronto or other cities, and in some cases, even more impressive. It w
    6 points
  2. So over the past few years I've been collecting the renders RTG and the city would put out with the idea that I would compare them to what has actually been built. I went out today and did the first batch of stations and images. I still have more images to process but here's an initial look at renders compared to reality for Blair.
    5 points
  3. I emailed McKenney and Leiper suggesting Carling be renamed Dow's Lake. Carling is a major east-west artery with two stations (Carling and Lincoln Fields); the current name does little to tell people where they are. Dow's Lake is a year-round destination well known by locals and tourists alike. To boot, the area around Dow's Lake and the station has seen and will continue to see major projects, with thousands of condo units, the redevelopment of the Booth Street complex and of course the new Civic Hospital.
    4 points
  4. Here's Stage 2's response (impressed with how quickly they replied this time around). Seems the estimates went up, which is not surprising after a year's experience with Stage 1.
    4 points
  5. I also believe freqency would have been a better investment than per-vehicle capacity. Decreasing to a 8 minutes timetable between train along a double alignment would have provided still more capacity overall and room for expansion. It just seems like a compromise so they don't have to include a widened bridge and tunnel around Carleton station. Line 2 is, and for a while, will remain more of a commuter train than a real "light rail" system to me for as long as they don't increase frequency. I am still happy service to the airport is being added as part of Stage 2, and not being built as
    4 points
  6. I drew this diagram a couple of years ago (before I learned how to make use of proper mapping tools..) Essentially this line would run parallel (or share?) the Trillium Line corridor South of Walkley and eventually cross over using a grade-separated structure to replace the Trillium Line on the airport spur. I drew another (incomplete) one showing the general network as well as how this yellow line could be continued past the downtown to basically be used as another line down the Montreal Rd corridor. Anyway, I have more thoughts about this topic but I just wanted t
    4 points
  7. (I posted this once my my cell, but it didn't seem to go through) Yep. I took the pic at 13:25. Trains were held for about 10 min. Guy jumped the turnstile as I was entering from the Rideau west (Scotia) entrance and he went to the westbound platform. I went to the eastbound side. He jumped onto the tracks and climbed over the fence (with his light saber in his belt I might add...) and started pacing on the eastbound platform. He puts his Jedi outfit on (mask and hoodie up with sword in belt) so I called 911 and shortly thereafter a train pulls and an he gets on. (the video)
    4 points
  8. To go with the announcement today, here is the video of the end-to-end ride, that I was fortunate to be a part of.
    4 points
  9. Hey guys !!! Back with a brend new spotting, lot's of stuff in there, pretty long but hope you'll enjoy. Cheers !
    4 points
  10. Yep, that's pretty much all from the chianello article, which was mostly truthful but taken to mean different things out of context. If rtg keeps up with snow removal, I don't anticipate any significant problems in normal conditions. Maybe a major ice storm could take down some OCS, but the city is shutting down at that point anyway. The trains can take on a fair amount of snow. Even with fresh snow fallen several inches above the rails, with no trains having passed by in hours, a train will do fine as long as it doesn't stop. If it stops it will have to take a run at it. But keep in mind this
    4 points
  11. I've written to my Councillor regarding the new system map: Good evening, I've taken time to familiarize myself with the new O-Train system map and have a few comments. The colour of Line 3 is not clear. I've heard brown, gold, olive and mustard over the last few hours between social media and my household. In many cities, lines are identified by colour in conversation (prend la ligne orange et transfert à la ligne bleu pour vous rendre à l'UdeM), but that sort of exchange could be confusing with such an ambiguous colour. I understand that OC Transpo had to choose colours that
    3 points
  12. I crunched the numbers for the O-Train expansion, Stage 1 to 3. City staff have always been bad at estimating costs, but I'm wondering now if prices have gone way up or if the City is trying to overcompensate by presenting ridiculously high estimates for Barrhaven. These are Confederation only since Trillium is a very different transit line. Stage 1 (2012) 12.5 kilometers - 13 stations Station spacing - 1 kilometer Central feature - 2.5 kilometer tunnel with three subway stations $2.1B or $168 million per kilometer Stage 2 (2019) 27 kilometers - 16 stations S
    3 points
  13. My proposed alternative to the 2030 Carling Tram. I estimate the completion date for a fully underground system around the late 2040s. Any thoughts?
    3 points
  14. Good afternoon all, I would like share with you all that Derek Ellis @occheetos is now a moderator on our Discord server as well as on the forums. Welcome Derek and thank you.
    3 points
  15. taken today at Uplands.
    3 points
  16. I remember City staff providing estimates during a meeting a while back. It might have been in February or March 2019. I seem to recall it was under an hour (53 minutes?) between Trim and Moodie, but don't quote me on that. At the time, they also provided estimated travel from each Confederation termini to downtown. I found a CTV article quoting estimated travel times to the airport: Downtown-Airport: 40 minutes Moodie-Airport: 50-60 minutes Trim-Airport: 60 minutes https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/federal-government-commits-to-funding-lrt-stage-2-1.3461290 On SSP, some
    3 points
  17. I copy pasted my post from SSP and it looks a little wonky. The Stage 2 replay ends at "This is a concern on our type of system where we have low level platforms and it is a short step down to track level." The Stage 2 teams reply included a site plan showing the station configuration. As I understand it, the side platform will only be used during late evenings. During day time hours, the centre platform will be used exclusively. The directions on the site plan are late evening I imagine.
    3 points
  18. The data's all here! https://github.com/dellisd/OTrainMap/blob/stack/data/stage3barrhaven.json But in order to display the several options for the alignment by West Hunt Club requires some extra work that I just haven't had the time to get around to finishing... Soon though.
    3 points
  19. Hello there everyone, I am late to the party here in Ottawa but thought I would have some fun with being a train aficionado (nerd...) and the checklist. I am relatively new here and live also in Chicago, so pardon my blown pronunciations and other general lack of local knowledge. But I had fun putting this video together. Go see it on my YouTube channel Checklist 1 video Tom And sadly, I have been informed I made a big, yet wrong, assumption about the unofficial entrance... will keep at it!
    3 points
  20. Our Snapshot updates have resumed, now starting coverage for Stage 2 LRT construction. New to Snapshots will be video walkthroughs, discussing the current locations and what will be changing, and where everything will be once completed. Place d'Orléans https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-u...vember-24-2019 Orléans Blvd. Station https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-u...vember-24-2019 Jeanne d'Arc Station https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-u...vember-24-2019 Montreal Station https://www.otrainfans.ca/snapshot-updates-2/snapshot-o
    3 points
  21. Thermo King is actually a HVAC manufacturer. They are responsible for fixing the HVAC systems on all OC buses since they all use systems from this company. They have a property where OC buses sometimes go for HVAC repairs. I'm not exactly sure where it's located. Jurassic Park is a bus storage lot specifically meant for retired or dead buses that aren't capable of being put in service. It's at St. Laurent garage. It got its nickname from the 1993 movie of the same name because the buses are said to be "ancient dinosaur buses". Eastway is a bus refurbishing facility located totally ou
    3 points
  22. Hey @occheetos. The new additions you are planning for the map are fantastic. Thank you for sharing some screenshots on the forums. Really gives a great visualization of the line and future expansion possibilities. I don’t think a map of this detail is available anywhere else. Or at least not one that is as clear to follow as yours. Well done. Thank you.
    3 points
  23. Previously when a train was disabled due to a door that couldn’t be closed and disabled , the CBTC control system needed to be bypassed which resulted in massive delays while the train was returned to Belfast Yard. Ken Woods today tweeted that this is no longer the case and when there is a door issue the CBTC doesn’t need to be cut out. Hopefully this will result in significantly reduced duration of delays and whatnot. Great news in any case.
    3 points
  24. Over the past few years I've been collecting the renders RTG and the city would put out with the idea that I would compare them to what has actually been built. I went out today and did the first batch of stations and images. I still have more images to process but here's an initial look at renders compared to reality for Cyrville.
    3 points
  25. Based on GeoOttawa, they have reduced station extensions to 100 meters (currently at 90 meters). As you've suggested David, the cabs will spill over the platforms. One thing of interest however, they have maintained 120 meters for Cleary and New Orchard, possibly because they will be "boxed-in" by tunnels. They might want to allow enough space should the platforms absolutely need to be extended in the future for capacities beyond what is currently projected (future 140 meter trains? A time when cabs will no longer be needed and doors can be added?) Platforms seem to be a little inconsist
    3 points
  26. The rail layer on geoOttawa shows where the extensions will be for each station. St. Laurent - Will be extended eastwards uOttawa - Entirely southwards Bayview - geoOttawa says east, despite entrance config Tunney's Pasture - Entirely westward Extensions for Stage 2 are also covered on geoOttawa. I've added this to my to-do list for the System Map.
    3 points
  27. I swear the only reason TTC uses boxy stainless steel riveted subway cars is so they can be a stand-in for New York City for movies and TV shows! ;)
    3 points
  28. This was uploaded earlier on the Kitchissippi ward website. Prep work will start on the tunnel alignment for Stage 2! http://kitchissippiward.ca/content/lrt-stage-2-prep-work-start-next-week-between-cleary-and-dominion
    3 points
  29. There shouldn't be a need for such extensive testing before adding an addition to the system - only for testing on the addition, plus some overnight testing of run-throughs. Adding to a system, using the same technology, doesn't pose nearly the same integration problems as launching a new system.
    3 points
  30. © Not for commercial use - David Bellerive 2019

    3 points
  31. Yesterday, I recorded an informational video with Mayor Jim Watson and at that time he shared the good news that we are now awaiting occupancy on only one station. Rail is almost here and big milestones are being reached all the time. Won’t be long now. The video will be published on YouTube in the near future.
    3 points
  32. Went for a spot yesterday (April 1st) and last Thrusday (March 28th). Yesterday they were only testing double trains at a rate of one train every 7 to 10 minutes. Also speed of the Double trains seems to now match-up with that of the single trains. Enjoy the Video, I'll try to make more before the line opens ? ! P.S : I love the noise of these trains, almost subway like !
    3 points
  33. .Good afternoon all The following units were spotted at Tunney's Pasture yesterday at around 2:45pm 1107, 1109, 1121, *1116-1125 (*This was the only 2 car train) and a un-numbered unit I got a couple of pictures to share as well.
    3 points
  34. I took a short video at Bayview yesterday. With the escalators, the trains and the announcements it really felt like an active transit station yesterday afternoon. I can't wait for the system to finally open!
    3 points
  35. Went back today to spot some more. Very interesting day today. #1116, #1132, #1122, #1133, #1121, #1124, #1118, #1131, #1117, #1107, #1115 were rolling. As for the tests it appears, they were testing the Thales System at around 5pm today. Several times I saw going eastbound one train pulling inside the station and another train following very closely behind (about 50 meters behind). Very impressive to watch. Every time the front train would move, the one just behind would move also keeping the 50 meters gap. Around 7pm trains started doing more classic looking tests. But I re
    3 points
  36. I guess they are doing one side at a time to have a little impact as possible on traffic; the 174 is the THE main access road to Orléans. And to you Shane: I am really looking forward to seeing how the whole flyover bridge will fit into the environment. For those who have been travelling from and to Orléans for many years, it will be a big change. I am intrigued by how they are going to connect Blair station to the East extension. When I look at the end of the rails and what follows, it makes me think there might have be a curve to go under the viaduct, right where the buses go east.
    2 points
  37. This is what we have so far: In Project Agreement: A. Uni-directional cycle tracks and a 2.5m wide sidewalk on both sides of Montreal Road between the on and off ramps. B. Multi-Use Pathway connecting the south end of Rainbow Street to Montreal Road. C. Multi-Use Pathway along the north side of Highway 174 from Blair Road, continuing along the south side of Montreal Road with a cross ride/walk at signalised westbound off-ramp/ Montreal Road intersection, and continuing east to provide a connection to the Sir George Etienne Cartier Parkway. Proposed Enhancements
    2 points
  38. 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.
    2 points
  39. When the decision was made to add the airport link, they should have dropped the plan to double platform (and train) lengths and instead double track the line so that both the Airport and Riverside South could have service direct to Bayview. Quite honestly, that should have been the plan from the get-go; service frequency is always the better option over larger vehicles. That's what attracts riders.
    2 points
  40. I agree that east/west will make sense next after phase 3. How about Carling as mentioned and perhaps another tunnel underneath the Glebe and come at Hurdman eventually. Baseline makes sense too and I think that line should go out through Bells corners and link up with Hazeldean to the east and continue down Heron in the east and cut over to Innes along St Laurent and then continue all the way out to Trim in the east. The key is to keep planning and building and don’t let the naysayers kill further expansion again.
    2 points
  41. The Second Edition - Oct 2019 checklist is now available. You can find it at the following link. Have fun and enjoy. https://www.otrainfans.ca/news/o-train-fans-rider-s-checklist-second-edition
    2 points
  42. Don't know if this post fits in this thread, but I have to share what I saw on the line today... Was sitting at Parliament station waiting for an east-bound train. A woman was walking along the platform - it appeared she was wearing a City of Ottawa/OC Transpo employee ID, but it looked like she was just on her way to work, and not specifically on the platform as an O-Train ambassador. As she walked by the "Bicycle loading zone" sticker on the floor, she stopped and looked down. She bent down and ran her finger over the corner of the sticker and noticed that it was starting to curl
    2 points
  43. Here’s a better formatted list: 1101 1102 1103 1104 - 2016 1105 1106 - 2019 1107 1108 - 2018 1109 1110 1111 1112 1113 - 2018 1114 - 2018 1115 - 2016 1116 - 2016 1117 - 2018 1118 - 2018 1119 - 2016 1120 - 2018 1121 1122 - 2016 1123 1124 - 2017 1125 - 2018 1126 1127 - 2019 1128 - 2018 1129 - 2018 1130 - 2018 1131 - 2018 1132 - 2017 1133 - 2018 1134 - 2018
    2 points
  44. I think the problem is people don't think of it as "proven", but as "look how tiny those trains are!", especially compared to our mainline fleets. The Citadis Spirit is a touch smaller than what is mainline trains in Europe and most other regions of the world, while the FLIRT / LINT / Talent are mainline trains for most of Europe. But here, mainline trains are heavier, bigger (even the LRC, which is "small" compared to other fleets, is still big when compared to European mainlines). However, like you say, it fails to acknowledge both operational and functional design elements that ar
    2 points
  45. I started going over the PA for the Trillium Extension, and here are some of the "note-worthy" observations so far. Penalties have all been redacted from the PA. As explained during the city-council debate, it is a new payment structure and penalty system based. The new Walkley Yard is required to achieve a LEED certification (though they are not required to achieve a specific level under it) - page 82 Unlike with Stage 1, commissioning and substantial completion don't seem to be tied up conditions. The city should be able to start commissioning and using the system before (o
    2 points
  46. Some updates on the 40 foot fleet: 77 Inveros (mostly from the 42xx-43xx series, with some 44xx-45xx mixed in as well) have been retired so far with five more to go. Will post retirement list later. At this point, 4601-4660, 4663, 4665-4668, 4672-4677, 4679, and 4681 are now active. Every LFS not listed here is delivered (but not in service except for 4670 and 4671.
    2 points
  47. The Mayor has shared the news that Alstom promises to have the trains ready by July 7th. RTG will handover the system in the 2nd or 3rd week of August. Following 4 weeks for OC Transpo to ready for the launch, passengers should be riding the rails in September.
    2 points
  48. The temporary fibro-cement siding is being removed on the platforms at Tunney's Pasture, probably so the permanent artwork (Gradient Space by Derek Root) can be installed. (Also the old ≈Huron Avenue Transitway overpass is officially just an emergency exit now, far from being the secondary entrance with fare gate it was presented as on the renderings).
    2 points
  49. Updated List: 1106 is Bertha Wilson 01 Odawa 02 Thomas D’Arcy McGee 03 Eh-Train 04 Emily Carr 06 Bertha Wilson 07 Louis Riel 08 Jacques Cartier 10 John McCrae 11 Poppy 12 Juno 13 Samuel de Champlain 14 Nathan Cirillo 15 Acadia 16 Canada Goose 17 Gord Downie 21 Snowbird 22 Logdriver 23 Tundra 24 Fox 25 George Brown 26 Agnes Macphail 27 Henrietta Edwards 28 The Mountie 29 Boreal 30 Billy Bishop 31 Totem 32 Maple Taffy
    2 points
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