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I have several new interviews planned in the very near future. I do have a prepared scenario and questions all planned out but I would like to include a short portion where I ask your questions. Please keep in mind, unfortunately it will not be possible for all questions will be asked due to time limitations. As such, I will take a short selection of questions for each planned interview.

The people next up for interviews are:

  • Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa.
  • Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations.
  • Michael Morgan, Director of Rail Construction.

Please keep questions appropriate, respectful and on topic. I will try my best to include a couple in each of the interviews. Please also specify to whom your question pertains.

Thank you all for your interest.

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13 hours ago, Shane said:

Good evening,

I have several new interviews planned in the very near future. I do have a prepared scenario and questions all planned out but I would like to include a short portion where I ask your questions. Please keep in mind, unfortunately it will not be possible for all questions will be asked due to time limitations. As such, I will take a short selection of questions for each planned interview.

Wow, that will really be a good opportunity for you! Good luck! Here are some questions that I can think of:

For Jim Watson: What have been the main effects of the Confederation Line on Ottawa as a city since its opening? What are you expecting stage 2 to bring to the city?

For Michael Morgan: Is there any plan for a park&ride at Moodie station? The current design doesn't seem to include one, but it would be more efficient for most park&ride users in Kanata to park there directly rather than have to park at Eagleson and take a bus to Moodie. 

                       How are you going to take into account the issues with stage 1 while building and testing stage 2? What will be the main things that will need to be changed for phase 2 according to the feedback received from stage 1? 

                       Where do things stand currently with Phase 2 construction? What is expected for this spring and summer?

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14 hours ago, Shane said:

Good evening,

I have several new interviews planned in the very near future. I do have a prepared scenario and questions all planned out but I would like to include a short portion where I ask your questions. Please keep in mind, unfortunately it will not be possible for all questions will be asked due to time limitations. As such, I will take a short selection of questions for each planned interview.

The people next up for interviews are:

  • Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa 
  • Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations.
  • Michael Morgan, Director of Rail Construction.

Please keep questions appropriate, respectful and on topic. I will try my best to include a couple in each of the interviews. Please also specify to whom your question pertains.

Thank you all for your interest.

Jim Watson : How far is the city of Ottawa in the negotiations for Stage 3 with the Provincial and Federal governments ?

Troy Charter: One of the LRT"s promises was to "get bus and cars of the road", did we notice any significant or marginal decrease in road traffic after de LRT opening.

Micheal Morgan: Today the Confederation line runs, operates and has equivalent capacity and frequency to a normal metro/subway line. Why not have went for a more classic "High-Floor" design ? and does the city regret this choice especially with the current reliability problems ?

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Thanks for providing us an opportunity to present questions. I any of my questions are chosen, feel free to re-word in a more cohesive way. 

 

Michael Morgan

  1. Will Stage 2 Trillium work future-proof the line in a way that avoids shut-downs once we're ready to double track/electrify?
  2. On the Alstom Citadis trains currently running on Line 1, information screens (displaying the current time, next station, final destination) were only installed over gangways on one side therefore, if a passenger sits on a seat facing the other side, or stands the other way, they are unable to see that information. Will the Stage 2 trains have display screens on both sides of each module? 
  3. The latest round of Stage 2 consultations  seem to suggest that "a minimum of one elevator" will be built for each platform. Are we moving away from the Stage 1 policy of double (redundant) elevators?

Troy Charter

  1. What is the progress in adding the additional 14th and 15th train to regular service?
  2. Will Stage 2 trains be placed in regular rotation with Stage 1 fleet once they’ve been fully tested?

Jim Watson

  1. We’ve had conflicting reports regarding the future of the PoW. Is there still a possibility that the Trillium Line might one day cross over to Gatineau using the PoW?
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Definitely great questions from everyone! Can't wait to see those interviews Shane and hopefully some behind the scenes content (I think we would all love to see a control centre BTS).

My questions would be as follow; though you will notice they go beyond LRT. Feel free to redirect them to the person you might think is better suited to answer them as I might be mixing up the scope of their work.

- Mr Watson, the city of Ottawa is currently updating its TMP, a process that will take many years. However, many issues affect transit ridership and the trust of people in OC Transpo, such as the reliability of service, frequency and capacity on some routes, the cost of ridership and the implementation of new service. While waiting for the updated TMP, how does the city plan to support the increasing need for connected mobility, ranging from transit, cycling and walking?

- Mr Charter, the extension of the Trillium Line south of Greenboro will result in a "double lining" of high-frequency services along the alignment, as high-frequency bus routes continue to Hurdman. What are the plans for operation beyond Greenboro following the opening of the extended Trillium?

- Mr Morgan, Bayview station will become, with the expansion of the Trillium Line, an important interchange and see major redevelopment in its surroundings. It has been mentioned on multiple occasions that Line 2 will have two platforms at Bayview. How will this operate once completed and why is there a need for such doubling in the first place?

And more of a wildcard question:

- Now that Stage 2 is being built, what lays forward for the O-Train network? Can we expect some sort of "commuter rail" service similar to the first generation Trillium Line?

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On 2020-01-12 at 12:15 PM, Matth69000 said:

Micheal Morgan: Today the Confederation line runs, operates and has equivalent capacity and frequency to a normal metro/subway line. Why not have went for a more classic "High-Floor" design ? and does the city regret this choice especially with the current reliability problems ?

Wasn't that because when planning for stage 1, they left to decision on if there would be street running or not for planning of stage 2?

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Jim Watson

  1. We’ve had conflicting reports regarding the future of the PoW. Is there still a possibility that the Trillium Line might one day cross over to Gatineau using the PoW?

could we change to:

In the past you have indicated Trillium Line extension north across Prince of Wales Bridge would be coming.   Could it still be included in Stage 3?  If the Federal Government came through with 75% or 100% funding would it proceed quickly?  Such a connection is important to people from the South and East so they can get to Terraces de la  area (there is a siding across the street) or the Federal Office Buildings near the Casino.   They don’t want to go to Pimisi or Lyon to transfer.  It’s not all about Alylmer/Quebec people going to Ottawa, but Ottawa people working in Quebec/Hull.

 

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I agree that's the best argument for rail over the PoW. The STO study focused on having STO service cross the bridge, and I agree with their conclusion that Bayview does not have the layout or capacity as a main transfer-point between STO and OC Transpo. As far as I can tell, Mayor Watson has taken this conclusion more broadly to say that Bayview is not adequate for any transfers to and from the Québec side.  

However, as a Trillium "line" station, we might even get a better flow than what is currently projected, with south-enders heading directly to Hull, saving them two transfers over a very short distance, and free-up space on the Confederation Line for those who will embark from the LeBreton area (as it gets redeveloped). West-enders would have a choice between transferring at Bayview or Lyon (likely transfer point for between Confederation and the Hull-Aylmer tram) while most east-enders would likely transfer at Lyon. Only a handful of Gatineau riders, those who work at Tunney's or Confederation Heights, possibly attend Carleton, would transfer to Trillium. 

In conclusion, having Trillium cross to the Québec side would greatly reduce the strain on Bayview, allowing it to better serve the local (expected to be very dense) community. 

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4 hours ago, J.OT13 said:

In conclusion, having Trillium cross to the Québec side would greatly reduce the strain on Bayview, allowing it to better serve the local (expected to be very dense) community. 

I agree completely with this idea. Although the Quebec government's indication that it will pick the tab for STO/Outaouais light rail (and the Portage crossing this envisions) could be influencing the city's (financial) thinking . . .

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On 2020-01-13 at 11:08 PM, corynv said:

Wasn't that because when planning for stage 1, they left to decision on if there would be street running or not for planning of stage 2?

That’s exactly why. Even during construction of Stage 1 it wasn’t fully decided as the EA and design process was ongoing.

As for the low-floor / high-floor, I think we are over-estimating how much of a difference it would make, as we would fall in the heavy-rail / metro territory. Essentially we’d be trading seating for standing-room (which I believe is a fair-trade, but not most users apparently...).

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In this video interview with Mayor Jim Watson, we discuss the opening of the Confederation Line, the ongoing issues, Stage 2 & 3, the Prince of Wales bridge to Gatineau, the future of Hamilton's LRT and more.

Thank you to all who shared their questions. Several were able to be incorporated into the interview.

I would also like to invite you all to subscribe to our Youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/c/otrainfans?sub_confirmation=1
More videos are releasing very soon.

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Thanks for taking the time to do the interview @Shane. I noticed that Watson mentioned connection to Quebec as "Stage 4" at one point. Did you get the chance to elaborate on this with him?

To me it sounds like the integration with the STO Tramway / LRT project for the downtown core, but might also be a change in scope for what Stage 3 was initially thought to be versus what it will actually be.

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