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  1. Entirely possible I have been wrong before. I understand that it is not practical for Gatineau passengers not going to downtown Hull or Centretown Ottawa, but there's a reason the STO network is designed that way, it's where the majority of its passengers want/need to go. Isn't the demand for Aylmer-Tunney's adequately served by the current buses? I have a colleague who lives in Aylmer and works in Vanier and loves the Confederation Line as it cut 30 min off his commute. But long term I am not so sure that the Federal Government wants to stay at Tunney's. They certainly
  2. Sorry about that long comment. I come from the perspective that to be a fan you must be a realist. However dreaming is ok, even better I would say. I would say that for me the bridge has a lot of risk of turning into a nightmare. However coupled with a redevelopment plan on both sides of the river and then the bridge would suddenly become a key piece of infrastructure. As for Portage the dirty secret is that it was designed with tramways in mind, so I am not surprised at all that Gatineau would want to route its LRT there. That being said, has Portage been well maintained? If not,
  3. I don’t remember when but some time last year the Mayor of Gatineau complained that almost no one from Ottawa came over to shop and get entertained. Which made me realized that Ottawa is organized in such a way that I rarely need to leave my neighbourhood to go shopping. I leave it to go to work ( in the heart of centretown), my numerous medical appointments and visit friends and family. Occasionally for entertainment which has yet to include Gatineau. now that’s just me, but at work seeing that almost all my colleagues put their Presto or Passe-Partout in the same pla
  4. Having used this a lot while living in Mtl I know this is not going to happen without commitments and investment in real estate (commercial and industrial). It’s never a case if “build it and they will come”. There are no such plans at the moment. Also Ottawa as someone once said is not a city but a series of neighbourhoods linked by parks and the green belt. Hence the lack of density which hobbles our transit system. Transit should definitely be a consideration when preparing plans, but by itself it won’t drive demand. now this is where the argument becomes astonis
  5. I used to live in Longueuil on the south shore and go to Vanier College (Métro Côte-Vertu). And I quickly abandoned taking line 2- Orange because as it was reverse commute past Bonaventure, I quickly timed it and realised that it was faster for me to get off there to take the Deux-Montagnes line. While that too was reverse commute, it was way quicker for me to walk from the Metro to Central Station for the train and then a short hop on either the 121 or the 171 from Vertu Station than sticking with the Métro. The problem with the Metro was that they needed to balance the line so they would hol
  6. I am a bit puzzled by these columns by the Citizen. The Prince of Wales bridge is a stranded asset. It doesn’t link to anywhere in Gatineau. That 550 meters to Terrasses is a long way, and most of the employment is in Portage anyway which is further away. The last thing the STO needs is to have hordes of Ottawa passengers on its already full busses going to Portage and Ottawa. Because most of its passengers will still need to bussed to Ottawa the same way most of our passengers from the east and south east will need to bussed there. Theres no scenario where we eliminate busses by u
  7. I wished I had been wrong back in November but here we are April. What a mess. The nice thing though is that at this point a May opening means that university is done and that is nice as the train will once again be the campus shuttle between Campus and Lees. Better to open in good weather with fewer passengers to better be able to figure out any issues that comes up.
  8. Thanks Shane for the FEDCO report and the video. They are further along than I thought reading from various reports. This is encouraging and March is certainly doable and like others see that as more of a deadline than a target. While we won’t know for sure till RTG reports, am sure the city has performed its own evaluation for Mayor Watson to tweet end of March. By March the system should be up and running.
  9. As I used to live on the south shore, transferring from line 4 to line 2 all the way to the top was not fun at Berri-de Montigny! I was glad when I started going to McGill Station which I like as it is airy and large and well connected to the underground city. Lionel-Groulx is also a great station for its design and the convenience in transferring from one line to the other.
  10. Me too I was hoping for earlier and thanks Shane for your great work posting pictures and FEDCO reports. I have been in Ottawa too long I believe for the way I read the Mayor's reply is that we will have a date by the end of March... not that it will open by then. But I think that is too pessimistic. At some point they cannot be that incompetent. From the the pictures and various reports from commenters, March sounds reasonable.
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