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  1. See, I don't think there is that much profit to be made with having advertising onboard the trains, or at the stations. I would be curious how much money it actually brings it for OC Transpo. I personally really enjoy the "advert free" look of the stations and trains. I know the report for that was reviewed by council, and I think the final decision was to allow adverts, but I doubt many are interested in creating additional advertising spaces when they seem to have difficulty filling existing ones.
  2. Well here they are! The first trainset of the new Corridor fleet! Here is the article on the subject along with a lot of photos. A First Look at VIA Rail Canada’s New Fleet - Siemens SC-42 - Rail Fans Canada Feel free to add if you have any comment or questions regarding the new sets! Overall, really happy with them, they are going to be a huge improvement versus the existing cars and locomotives used in the Corridor.
  3. I really hope so. The current entrance is far from great. However I don’t expect this will be constructed any time soon…
  4. It really needs to be shovel in the ground ASAP. It's really about time to have somewhat modern and frequent rail service in the Corridor, it's been way too much talking and not enough action.
  5. I agree with all the points brought up here. Blair station I can understand the bus loop was a "secondary priority" given the line was gonna be extended, but Hurdman, it is still ridiculous how that bus loop was planned and designed. It just makes no sense, regardless of the time of the day! Clearly not enough covered areas to hide from the snow and rain, and anyway you'll likely have to walk a long distance to your stop! Blair needs those canopies as soon as possible, it is really shameful given how the station will not see much reconfiguration following Stage 2. Same thing with the seco
  6. You'll need a business ticket to enter, or Via Preference Premier on a Economy Plus ticket (2k spending or more per qualification year and 8 segments minimum), though "depending on the time", you might be able to slip in if, let's say, the attendant is away for a bit. Though they used to go around and check tickets once they came back. I haven't had the chance to go in it yet, but MY GOD IT'S BEAUTIFUL! Bright, modern, ample sitting space, loads of texture and various materials. I can't wait for my next trip in February. Thanks Bob for sharing them with us! Also regarding food and be
  7. I genuinely do not see how VALSE can be costed to the exact same amount as the entire Tramway proposal, especially given how little it "really does". This is another election that is pretty much a referendum *again* regarding the future of the project. I think we are on the 3rd "referendum election" on the topic. It is time to move forward. The project has sincerely matured since it's first presentation (simply go back to the original post of the thread, or even its coverage at first) and is a step in the right direction. Heck, I even doubt the tramway project will still fit the enve
  8. Well, gone are the days of the Reseau Structurant. Meet the REC! https://www.rec.quebec I really hate the name of the thing. Now, the Tramway is called the "Tramway de Quebec", though the project remains the same funding envelope as before. The line will be 19.3km, with a single tunnel in the Parliamentary District between lower and upper town. Also new is the line now terminates at D'Estimauville instead of Charlesbourg. I personally think this alignment is better, and allows for future branches going north. As of right now, the project remains in procurement as
  9. Maybe not the most interesting thing, but they have changed the configuration of Parking Lot 3 at the station: This is Google Earth from 2018. And the most recent imagery, June 2021! Notice the new gates both entry and exit, increased number of spots (that was done before though, shows on Apple Maps imagery from mid / late 2019. While the parking is "technically" open, the entrance / exit from Pickering Plaza has been blocked off for as long as it seems to exist. Probably waiting on increased ridership to open it as Lot 1 is probably sufficient for now.
  10. The problem I have with all this is they can do an RFQ, but what will really be in there? They haven't even committed the full amount to make it happen, and not even discussed a definitive route in Montreal (AKA new tunnel, or bypass, etc.). Yet the project is supposedly "Shovel-ready"! I really hope it doesn't pile up on the list you made there cause those are most of the issues I support, so by this logic HFR has been dead a long time! Or worse, another one of those! (I sincerely hate how relevant this skit is most of the time we talk trains in Canada.) De
  11. Lincoln Fields to Pinecrest Station 90 Day Lookahead November 2021 Overview The O-Train West Extension is one of the three major extensions to Ottawa’s Light Rail Transit Project. The extension will add over 15 km of new rail and 11 new stations between Tunney’s Pasture to Moodie Drive and to Algonquin station. It also comprises a maintenance and storage facility, 10 new bridges, 14 rehabilitated bridges and 2 Cut-and-Cover Tunnels.
  12. Notice of Closure Ottawa Route (OR) 174 Eastbound and Westbound, Cameron Street to Tenth Line Road November, 2021 As part of the Stage 2 O-Train Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, motorists travelling on the OR 174 should anticipate mobility impacts as construction crews complete roadway work. WHERE: Full closure of OR 174 EB and WB - Cameron Street to Tenth Line Road Full closure of Trim Road - Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard N. to St
  13. In the topic of "service updates". VIA RAIL UNVEILS ITS MANDATORY VACCINATION POLICY VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is unveiling its mandatory vaccination policy in line with the regulations outlined today by Transport Canada. Via Rail’s comprehensive vaccination policy will require everyone 12-years of age and older on board our trains to show proof of vaccination as of October 30. To allow passengers time to become fully vaccinated, there will be a one-month transition period during which passengers will be able to travel if they show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hour
  14. Since it was not posted here, let's enjoy those lovely photos of Via's new locomotives and cars! I am really looking forward to boarding them. Hopefully sooner than later. I love the livery and the numerous shades / shapes throughout. I wish the VIA lettering was a bit bigger, closer to the original renders, but I think it is a livery that will pass the test of time! For the record, this was the original design presented. While the coaches have mostly stayed the same, the locomotives and end-cars have seen some noticeable change.
  15. I am really looking forward to HFR plans being more developed and discussed. With the election over and the Liberals meant to form a new government in the coming weeks, I really hope we see the commitment continued and funded to the necessary levels to make it a reality. For now, I'll try not to be too cynic, but HFR is the first step towards higher speed and frequency rail in the Corridor, and hopefully the start of a golden age of passenger rail in Canada, something we haven't seen in quite a while!
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