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Mike

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  1. I'm excited to see HFR happen. It looks like the first pre-procurement RFP was issued on September 8th so that's something. Hopefully it doesn't take too long to send the project out to bidders and start getting it built. It's about time for Canada to have an electrified inter-city railway. https://www.merx.com/canadianinfrastructurebank/solicitations/Public-Consultation-Services-for-the-VIA-High-Frequency-Rail-HFR-Project/0000182905
  2. Hey that's right near my house! What's the plan here? When are they going to build this? Where is that new Transitway going to go?
  3. I don't know if that would be as useful. Gatineau wants to build a tram system and run a bit of it through our downtown, to me that's way more efficient than a point to point cable car. Trams running from parts of Aylmer and Hull doing a loop through Ottawa across a couple of bridges seems way more efficient and practical. I just don't see people wanting to use a cable car that much plus those cables would likely ruin sightlines and stuff. Our population isn't all that dense, it's not like there are mobs of people trying to walk across one of the bridges or anything.
  4. What are people's thoughts on the proposed Gatineau trams to Ottawa. Personally I'd like to see Wellington turned into a pedestrian mall with trams running on it in a loup connecting the downtown museums on both sides of the river. I'm not a huge fan of the underground option under Sparks, I feel that it just duplicates the Confederation line, would be expensive, and for tourism above ground trams are the best. It would also be useful to commuters as it would be more efficient than buses so a better option all around. Those are my thoughts anyway.
  5. Nope. Hydrogen isn't a fuel, it's an energy storage medium - and not a particularly good one. Hydrogen needs to be created - which takes energy. Molecular hydrogen does not exist naturally on Earth, it was lost to space almost immediately after the Earth was formed. So you have to liberate hydrogen atoms from other molecules like methane or water, and once you create molecular hydrogen it needs to be compressed, cryogenically stored, and transported to where it's needed - all of which takes more energy. Then it needs to be put through a fuel cell (with significant inherent losses) to be made
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    Rideau

    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 Rideau.
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    Tremblay

    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 Tremblay.
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    St-Laurent

    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 St-Laurent
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    Cyrville

    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.
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    Blair

    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.
  11. Cool!! I like the weekly updates they did for Stage 1 so having them for Stage 2 will be nice since it's the Stage that will actually bring a station closer to my house! I look forward to following the progress!
  12. The people who built the trains here are likely the same people who will be maintaining them. It makes sense to move new production to whoever is currently building their own LRT trains since it would allow the facilities in Ottawa to transition to repairing an maintaining the fleet. Building and maintaining the trains would need essentially the same skillsets so I expect most of the people involved in building them will be kept on for the long term in maintaining them.
  13. 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! ;)
  14. The station renders show conflicting things about the lanterns. Most showed just the station name running vertically along the side or horizontally at the top but the later renders show a stylized red "O". It's still unclear to me what will be put on the lanterns but they look unfinished to me as they are right now. You can see in the old (top) and newer (bottom) renders of Tremblay that they seem to be going with the big "O" look with the station name at the top but I have yet to see anything like that appear at any of the stations.
  15. Actually the public art for uOttawa is supposed to be a cube of some sort according to the renders. Here's what it should look like. Sorry about the terrible image quality but it's the only one they had in the public art documentation for uOttawa.
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