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Memo: O-Train Stage 2 LRT Quarterly Update (Q2 2022) / Note de service: Mise à jour trimestrielle (T2 2022) sur l’Étape 2 du TLR de l’O-Train

Please find attached a memo providing an O-Train Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project Quarterly Update (Q2 2022)

Veuillez trouver ci-joint une note de service concernant une mise à jour trimestrielle (T2 2022) sur l'Étape 2 du projet de train léger sur rail de l'O-Train.

Source : City of Ottawa / Ville d'Ottawa 

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TTC hosts 10th annual Underground Freedom Train Ride

On Sunday, July 31, the TTC is supporting the Blackhurst Cultural Centre (formerly known as A Different Booklist Cultural Centre) to host the tenth annual midnight Underground Freedom Train Ride to commemorate Emancipation Day on Aug. 1.

The Freedom Train Ride is symbolic of the role the Underground Railroad has played in Canadian history. This year, the Emancipation Day Freedom Ride will be an in-person event after two years of virtual events.

"I am pleased to see the annual Freedom Train Ride is back in person this year to mark Emancipation Day. Every year, when we mark this ride we are acknowledging the history of the Underground Railway and the role it played in our city and country. I want to thank everyone for helping put this event together. I encourage residents to take time during Emancipation Month to learn more about the history of slavery and our ongoing work to confront anti-Black racism," said Mayor John Tory.

"The TTC is proud to be a part of the annual underground Freedom Train Ride, which marks an important part of Canadian history," said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson. "Observing Emancipation Day is just one way we are advancing our broader commitment to building a more equitable, inclusive and welcoming transit system for everyone."

"Emancipation Day is an important opportunity to recognize the dangerous journey through the Underground Railroad that formerly enslaved people took to reach Canada," said TTC CEO Rick Leary. "I want to thank all our partners and employees whose efforts have contributed to this special event."

The in-person event begins at Union Station and concludes at Sheppard West Station. In past years, it has attracted more than 1,000 participants. This year, the in-person commemoration will feature music, singing, drumming, moments of reflection and remarks by TTC Chief Diversity and Culture Officer Keisha Campbell.

The Underground Freedom Train Ride is open to the public.

When: Sunday, July 31/Monday, Aug. 1, 2022.
Where: Line 1, Union to Sheppard West stations.
Start time: Remarks begin at 11 p.m.; ceremonial train departs Union Station at approximately 11:45 p.m.; and arrives at Sheppard West Station at approximately 12:10 a.m. 

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O-Train Line 1 - Service Outage - July 25, 2022

Due to a severe thunderstorm in the overnight hours of July 24th to the 25th 2022, O-Train Line 1 has suffered some damage and has resulted in the suspension of service from St-Laurent to Tunney's Pasture Stations.

We visited the area where the damage occurred. This area starts from just past the western curve out of Hurdman and stretches to just around the O-Train overpass over Greenfield Avenue (near Lees and King Edward). The damage is mainly on the eastbound side of the guideway and affects the OCS or Overhead Catenary System (the overhead wire that supplies power to the train).

There are two cables on each side of the guideway. The upper cable is there to help support the lower contact wire which is energized and supplies the power to the train. From approximately just west of Hurdman and all the way to the Greenfield Avenue overpass, the lower energized wire appears to be missing. In addition, the upper messenger support cable has snapped or broken from the point of the Rideau River bridge (on the Lees side), and extends to the east side of the Queensway underpass. As that support cable is broken and is under tension, works appear to have installed some chains (at both of these points) to help retain that cable, so that it doesn't get further pulled back the other way and cause further damage. In addition, some of the cantilevers (arms that protrude from the OCS support towers to support the cables) are broken, while others are being pulled east or west along the line, due to the lack of tension from the missing/broken cables.

There is also a stopped LRV pair (1102 & 1147), immobilized just across from TPSS #4 (Traction Power Sub-Station), which is located near the Greenfield Avenue/Mann Avenue intersection (and across from the Minto Rec centre of uOttawa). Each LRV has a pantograph and the pantograph on 1147 has clear signs of having been twisted and bent. The flat contact plate of the pantograph has broken off and is not visible. In regards to the second LRV 1102, I can not comment on the status of the pantograph as it is not visible at all (it is either intact and lowered, or has suffered damage).

While there is a lengthy section of OCS that will need repairs, it doesn't look too substantial and might only involve several days to complete the repairs. However, once more official information becomes available and the true scope of damage is understood, the time required to be able to complete repairs could be higher. During the visit, Alstom technicians were present and working near the stopped LRVs.

Once an official update is provided we should know more of the cause and repair timeline that will result.


********DISCLAIMER******** 

I am not a rail expert, I am a rail and transit enthusiast, transit rider and resident of Ottawa. These are my thoughts and comments from visual observation only of the O-Train guideway area affected.


Official Memo outlining the issues and the service restoration plan.

Sent : July 26, 2022 at 1:44pm
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Stage 2 LRT - West Extension - Ward 7 - Information Session - June 7, 2022

Councillor Theresa Kavanagh, along with members of the Stage 2 LRT team, held a virtual information session, to discuss the Western extension in Ward 7 of the Confederation Line, as well as upcoming work that is planned.

Stations covered include Sherbourne, New Orchard, Lincoln Fields, Queensview, Pinecrest, Bayshore and Moodie.

This video was recorded from the Zoom informational session held with the community and is archived on Rail Fans for informational purposes.

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Memo: O-Train Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project Quarterly Update (Q1 2022)

The following memo outlines the progress made during Q1 2022 on the Stage 2 Confederation Line and Trillium Line extension projects and provides an overview of the planned work for Q2 2022. 

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A Conversation on the iconic TTC Streetcars with Helen Lee of The Next Stop Podcast - May 2022

The City of Toronto operates an extensive Streetcar system, consisting of 9 streetcar lines, 685 stops across 83km in length. All this makes it the 3rd largest light rail system in North America.

The TTC Streetcars are very iconic and emblematic of the City of Toronto. They are also an essential and integral part of the public transit network.

In this conversation with Helen Lee, Creator / Executive Producer / Co-Host of The Next Stop Podcast, we talk about the Streetcars and touch on the following points of interest:

  • What is the Toronto Streetcar System.
  • The history of the Streetcar system.
  • The rolling stock, recent past and present.
  • The Mystique of the Streetcar system and what makes it unique to Toronto.
  • How the Streetcars in Toronto endure, while most other cities systems have been discontinued.
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You can learn more about The Next Stop Podcast and listen to their insightful episodes by visiting their website: www.thenextstop.ca. The podcast is also available on all major podcast platforms.
A Conversation on the iconic TTC Streetcars with Helen Lee of The Next Stop Podcast
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Stage 2 LRT Update - A Look at the Progress of the O-Train Expansion in Ottawa - May 2022

Recently, the City of Ottawa delivered an update on Stage 2 LRT progress in the city. Stage 2 expands the O-Train service in the East from Blair to Trim, in the West from Tunney's Pasture to Algonquin and Moodie, and in the South from Bayview to Limebank and the Airport. 

In this video, I discuss and provide my take on some of the important progress being realized on these massive construction and infrastructure projects across the city. 

The photos contained in this video were provided by the City of Ottawa and mostly date from Q2 2022. 

  • 00:00 - Introduction 
  • 00:44 - East Extension (Blair to Trim) 
  • 15:26 - West Extension (Westboro to Moodie and Algonquin) 
  • 33:36 - South Extension (Bayview to Limebank) 
  • 50:08 - Wrap Up and Closing 

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In the video, it is mentioned that the new East pathway that passes over Green's Creek will continue to Jeanne d'Arc. This was an error, the pathway will run from Blair and end at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway. Existing pathways from there can be used to reach Jeanne d'Arc (via the parkway and not alongside the 174). 

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Stage 2 LRT Construction Update - FEDCO - April 29, 2022

At today's Finance and Economic Development Committee, Transit Services provided a detailed update on its Stage 2 construction activities. Work continues on the O-Train network, extending it farther south, east and west.

In the south, work is progressing at the Walkley maintenance and storage facility and on multiple rail bridges and guideways. Station construction has begun at all sites, and preliminary vehicle tests are underway on a test track.

In the east, road work and utility relocation are ongoing on Highway 174, and work has begun on stations and tracks. The bridge from Blair Road to the Highway 174 median is nearly complete, and the overpasses at the Montreal Road highway interchange are progressing well. Track installation has begun between Montréal and Jeanne d'Arc stations.

In the west, work is ongoing at the Moodie light maintenance and storage facility, Pinecrest Station, Queensview Station, Iris Road and Pinecrest Creek, Algonquin Station, Lincoln Fields Station, and Byron Linear Park excavation. Tunnel construction is progressing along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. Work is progressing well at the highway interchanges at Pinecrest and Holly Acres roads.

Source : City of Ottawa

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Memo: Mott MacDonald Independent Expert Review – Line 1 Confederation Line

Please find attached a memo regarding the independent expert review of the Confederation Line.

Source : City of Ottawa

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City marks progress on Stage 2 East Extension with start of track installation

Today, Mayor Jim Watson and Transit Commission Chair Allan Hubley joined the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship and Member of Parliament for Orléans, representing the Government of Canada, to celebrate the start of track installation on the O-Train East Extension. This is a significant progress milestone for Stage 2 LRT.

The O-Train East Extension will travel mainly within the OR 174 median, between Blair Road and Trim Road, adding 12.5 kilometres of new rail and five new stations. The extension connects 95 percent of residents in the communities of Orléans, Blackburn Hamlet and Beacon Hill within five kilometres of rail.

Construction on the O-Train East Extension is well underway, and all 25 kilometres of track installation will be complete by the end of 2022. A 240-metre test track west of Jeanne d'Arc was installed in December 2021, and the main line track installation began in April, near the future Jeanne d'Arc Station. Construction of all O-Train East Extension stations are in progress.

Stage 2 LRT will transform travel in Ottawa as it expands the reach, comfort and convenience of light rail transit. It will connect communities, as well as Ottawa's major employment centres, postsecondary institutions, shopping and recreation destinations, and arts and culture hot spots. When Stage 2 is complete, LRT will ultimately be capable of carrying 24,000 people per direction per hour at peak capacity. The O-Train network will relieve congestion, reducing approximately one sixth of Ottawa's total vehicle kilometres travelled and save commuters time and money. The project will also reduce greenhouse gases by 110,000 tonnes and contaminants such as carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides and sulphur oxides by 3,000 tonnes over a 25-year period.

The Stage 2 Light Rail Transit Project is a $4.66 billion project, jointly funded by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Ottawa. Stage 2 supports healthy transportation, gives residents more options for how they move around, including biking to destinations. Ottawa is integrating the city's pathway network with all light rail developments in support of mixed-mode travel.

O-Train East Extension quick facts:

  • Approximately 32,000 concrete ties across 12.5 kms of the O-Train East Extension will be installed.
  • Concrete ties are installed as they get delivered. Each tie weighs 600 pounds.
  • Approximately 90,000 tonnes of ballast will be installed. Ballast is composed of granite rock that comes from Wakefield, Quebec.
  • Steel clips are set in place by specialized temper machinery.
  • Crews will begin installation between Montréal and Jeanne d'Arc stations and continue west. Final installation will be from Blair Station to Montréal Station.

Quotes

Ensuring Canadians have access to safe and efficient public transit is a priority for our Government. The O-Train East Extension will cut pollution and transform transit service for thousands of residents in Ottawa's east end, making their trips to work, to school and across the city easier, greener and faster.

The Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

Stage 2 LRT will forever change the way we move around Ottawa by extending the benefits of the O-Train network farther south, east and west. The new O-Train East Extension will be a simple and convenient travel option for residents in Ottawa's rapidly growing eastern communities. It will also provide transit improvements to major centres of employment, shopping and education and improve connectivity to encourage more active transportation.

Jim Watson, Mayor, City of Ottawa

Source : City of Ottawa

Photo Credit : Jim Watson - Twitter

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Stage 2 LRT - East Extension - Information Session - April 20, 2022

City councillors from the east end of Ottawa, along with members of the Stage 2 LRT team, held a virtual information session, to discuss the Eastern extension of the Confederation Line, as well as upcoming work that is planned.

Stations covered include Blair, Montreal, Jeanne d'Arc, Convent Glen, Place d'Orleans and Trim.

This video was recorded from the Zoom informational session held with the community and is archived on Rail Fans for informational purposes.

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Back on Track - VIA Rail increases services across Canada in time for the summer

As travel demand continues to progress, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is pursuing its gradual service resumption plan and is pleased to be returning most of its services across the country by the end of June 2022.

"This is a celebratory and crucial milestone in our service resumption plan after an incredibly challenging two years," said Cynthia Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to welcoming more of our customers back on board our trains and doing our part to encourage Canadians and tourists to get out and explore this beautiful country for the summer travel season."

VIA Rail's objective has always been the safe resumption of services when conditions allowed it, and we are pleased to offer our passengers more options this summer with service resumption from coast to coast.

Date

Route

Service

April 29th*

The Canadian

2 full frequencies

June 3rd*

The Ocean

3 full frequencies

June 9th*

Québec City-Windsor corridor

Additional frequencies across the Corridor

June 10th*

Jasper-Prince Rupert

3 full frequencies

June 14th*

Sudbury-White River

3 full frequencies

June 29th*

Montreal-Senneterre

3 full frequencies

June 29th*

Montreal - Jonquière

3 full frequencies

(*Specific dates are subject to change slightly as VIA Rail is currently finalizing details, including access to the infrastructure.)

(VIA Rail's Winnipeg-Churchill route will continue to operate its full three frequencies per week as it has since the beginning of the pandemic)

Throughout the pandemic our decision to add frequencies has been based on various factors, including demand, and continuing to employ a balanced approach in order to fulfill VIA Rail's important public service mandate and manage financial impacts.

Throughout this crisis, the health and safety of our passengers and employees have always been our top priority. The Corporation will revise its service offering in line with the latest developments if necessary.

Existing safety measures implemented by VIA Rail in response to COVID-19 remain in effect. Those include, amongst others, a mask wearing policy on our trains and mandatory vaccination required by the federal government.

The train remains one of the safest ways to travel this summer and we are pleased to be offering our passengers more frequencies and more flexibility.

REMINDER

Wearing a mask is required at all times in VIA Rail's stations and on-board VIA Rail trains. For the health and safety of all passengers and employees, passengers who do not wear a mask during their trip will be required to disembark the train or will be refused entry upon boarding.

Furthermore, VIA Rail asks that passengers stay informed of public health guidelines and respect those that apply to them and their travel plans, including mandatory vaccination. The Corporation also constantly reminds its passengers and employees of the importance of following recommendations from public health authorities and to rigorously follow good hygiene practices (wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of the arm, avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth without first washing their hands).

Passengers will be denied boarding if they are experiencing symptoms similar to a cold or flu (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or if they have been denied boarding for travel in the last 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19.

The most recent updates are available on VIA Rail's website.

Source : VIA Rail Canada

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Stage 2 LRT - West Extension - ​Kitchissippi Ward - Information Session - April 7, 2022

Councillors Theresa Kavanagh and Jeff Leiper, along with members of the Stage 2 LRT team, held a virtual information session, to discuss the Western extension in Kitchissippi Ward of the Confederation Line, as well as upcoming work that is planned.

Stations covered include Westboro, Kichi Sibi (Dominion) and Sherbourne.

This video was recorded from the Zoom informational session held with the community and is archived on Rail Fans for informational purposes.

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Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) to host virtual lecture event, "The Missing Millionaire: The Ambrose Small Saga"

The Toronto Railway Museum (TRM), a non-profit organization located in the iconic Roundhouse Park across from the CN Tower, is happy to welcome Katie Daubs, a journalist and a feature writer at the Toronto Star and the author of the Missing Millionaire, for an online lecture about the Small Mystery on April 21st at 8 pm. In this talk you will learn about the stranger-than-fiction characters in the Ambrose Small saga, and the development of Toronto as the drama around his disappearance unfolded. 

The railway was central to Small's business, as traveling shows of the era sent all their actors, props, and scenery by rail. It was expensive for theatre companies, and Daubs will explain how Small used that to his advantage as he built a cross-Ontario network of theatres, connected by rail. 

Tickets for this event are free, although registration is required on TRM's website here

Attendees will get access to our exclusive Zoom meeting room, where they can engage directly with the presenter and museum historians in a post-lecture Q&A. The event will begin at 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time, and will end at 9:30pm EST.

ABOUT KATIE DAUBS

Katie Daubs is a journalist and a feature writer at the Toronto Star, where she writes about many topics, including local history. Before joining the Star, she worked at the Ottawa Citizen and she was a graduate of Carleton University. The Missing Millionaire is her first book, which was shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Crime Writing (Best Non-Fiction Book) and the 2020 Toronto Book Awards. Honours and Awards: Nomination — National Newspaper Award, Long Feature (2017) Winner — William Southam Journalism Fellowship (2016) Nomination — National Newspaper Award, Long Feature (2015) Nomination — National Newspaper Award, Multimedia Feature (2014) Winner — National Newspaper Award, Presentation (2012) Winner — Diane King-Stuemer Fellowship (2008) 

ABOUT THE TORONTO RAILWAY MUSEUM 

The Toronto Railway Museum (TRM) brings people together by telling stories of Toronto's railway heritage. The Museum is located in the heart of downtown Toronto and is typically open year-round. TRM presents exhibits, tours, educational programs and publications that broaden the understanding and appreciation of Toronto's rich railway history. TRM is committed to telling the stories of the railways, and welcoming conversations of its varied experiences through its lecture series, exhibits and integrated programming with a mission to learn from the past to make the future better. The Toronto Railway Museum would like to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Community Building Fund. More information is available here. 

ABOUT TORONTO RAILWAY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION (TRHA) 

Established in 2001 to work with the City of Toronto to establish a railway museum at the John Street Roundhouse. The TRHA is incorporated and is a federally registered charity. Its primary purpose is to promote the development of the TRM. 

Source : Toronto Railway Museum

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How to Contribute to the Metro - Rail Fans Website

Calling all Rail Fans! We are looking for passionate volunteer contributors to write pages on the STM Montreal Metro stations. Learn more and signal your interest.

To join and help out, please send us an email at media@railfans.ca


Hello all.

This topic is for general information on how to submit content for the new sites, as well as what we are looking for in regards to text and photos. This post will be updated if new information or clarification is needed. Feel free to ask questions below.

1. Planning.

For planning purposes, I have created this article, for the purposes of completing the new sites. You will find a list of all the articles needing to be created, for the Trains, the Stations and the Lines. 

2. Creating Content.

For all of the articles, I do invite you to visit O-Train Fans otrain.railfans.ca to get an idea of how the articles should be put together. For the trains, the Alstom Citadis Spirit article is a good example, and for the stations, the Parliament station is another example. For stations, it is broken down into an Overview, Unique Features and Public Artwork. There is also space for some details on the station Public Artwork.

3. Submitting Content.

Submitting content is easy. Shane (myself) will handle the posting to the website to ensure consistency and formatting. You can send me via email (media@railfans.ca) your text. I do ask that you send separate emails for each station.

Final Thoughts

I hope the information above is helpful, but should you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you again for your interest in helping build Rail Fans together.


What needs to be done - Article Status for text.
Items listed below remain to be completed. Fully completed items are removed from the list.

Please note, as soon as I receive a new piece of content (text or photos), the list below will be updated to reflect.

Current Status
68 stations in the Montreal Metro system.
66/68 photographed   |   25/68 station descriptions completed   |   Overall site completion: 67%

Stations

  • Assomption (Only Text Remain)
  • Beaubien (Only Text Remain)
  • Cadillac (Only Text Remain)
  • Cartier (Only Text Remain)
  • Champ-de-Mars (Only Text Remain)
  • Charlevoix (Only Text Remain)
  • Côte-Sainte-Catherine (Only Text Remain)
  • D'Iberville (Only Text Remain)
  • De Castelnau (Only Text Remain)
  • De l'Église (Only Text Remain)
  • De la Concorde (Only Text Remain)
  • De la Savane (Only Text Remain)
  • Du Collège (Only Text Remain)
  • Fabre (Only Text Remain)
  • Frontenac (Only Text Remain)
  • Georges-Vanier (Only Text Remain)
  • Guy-Concordia (Only Text Remain)
  • Honoré-Beaugrand (Only Text Remain)
  • Jarry (Only Text Remain)
  • Joliette (Only Text Remain)
  • LaSalle (Only Text Remain)
  • Longueuil–Université-de-Sherbrooke (Only Text Remain)
  • Mont-Royal (Only Photos Remain)
  • Montmorency (Only Text Remain)
  • Namur (Only Text Remain)
  • Outremont
  • Papineau (Only Text Remain)
  • Place-d'Armes (Only Text Remain)
  • Place-Saint-Henri (Only Text Remain)
  • Plamondon (Only Text Remain)
  • Préfontaine (Only Text Remain)
  • Rosemont (Only Text Remain)
  • Saint-Laurent (Only Text Remain)
  • Sauvé (Only Text Remain)
  • Sherbrooke (Only Text Remain)
  • Vendôme (Only Text Remain)
  • Viau (Only Text Remain)
  • Villa-Maria (Only Text Remain)
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SkyTrain Burrard Station upgrades rescoped

TransLink is announcing that upgrades to Burrard SkyTrain Station are no longer proceeding as planned due to higher than anticipated construction bid prices during the procurement process. This is due to ongoing pressures in the construction industry caused by global supply chain issues and higher construction costs. The previously announced upgrades that would have closed the station for two years will be rescoped, and the station will remain open to customers while we determine the new scope. The details have not yet been finalized but TransLink will prioritize upgrades to ensure the station remains in a state of good repair

TransLink will continue working with Indigenous Nations, stakeholders, and government partners to ensure the station receives necessary upgrades and operates efficiently for years to come.

The next step is to develop a new scope, budget, and construction timeline. TransLink will communicate details when they are known.

More information:
TransLink Maintenance and Upgrade Program
Previously announced upgrades

Source : TransLink

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Rail Fans Map - A discussion with map creator Derek Ellis

The Rail Fans Map features Ottawa's O-Train, Toronto's Subway and Kitchener-Waterloo's ION systems in high detail. Illustrating all track positions, switches, crossovers and yards. We speak to Derek Ellis, creator of the map, on this impressive project.

You can check out the map here : map.railfans.ca

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Reliability - How the transit operator and the paying rider perceive and experience reliability on a rail-based system

Reliability - How the transit operator and the paying rider perceive and experience reliability on a rail-based system -
How does the transit operator calculate reliability? How does a paying rider see and experience reliability? Reliability has many facets. This episode aims to highlight some points on this important topic.

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Government of Canada launches the next phase in the procurement process for High Frequency Rail

High Frequency Rail will transform passenger rail service in Canada through the creation of a faster, more frequent, more accessible and more sustainable rail service among the major centres of Québec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal, Ottawa, Peterborough and Toronto.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, along with the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Annie Koutrakis, announced that the Government of Canada is launching a Request for Expressions of Interest seeking the advice and views from industry on the High Frequency Rail project through Buyandsell.gc.ca.

High Frequency Rail is the largest transportation infrastructure project that Canada has seen in decades. Recognizing the project's size and scale, the Government of Canada is seeking world-class knowledge and private sector expertise for all aspects of the project.

The Request for Expressions of Interest marks a major step in supporting the procurement phase for the High Frequency Rail project. It is an opportunity to:

  1. communicate the Government of Canada's plan for advancing the project;
  2. seek feedback from experienced private sector companies to help shape the High Frequency Rail project; and
  3. provide information to industry so interested parties can prepare for subsequent phases of the procurement process, including the Request for Qualifications and the Request for Proposal.

As the participation of Indigenous Peoples is essential to the success of High Frequency Rail, the Government of Canada will seek a private sector partner that prioritizes and values meaningful relationships with Indigenous Peoples. The Government of Canada will carefully consider the views of Indigenous Peoples throughout the project and encourage collaboration with Indigenous businesses.

VIA Rail and its employees are central to the success of High Frequency Rail and will continue to play a key role across Canada as our national passenger rail provider.

The High Frequency Rail service could be fully operational in the early 2030s. The Government is providing a High Frequency Rail Project website where Canadians can get information, track progress on the project and submit their views and questions.

QUOTES

"High Frequency Rail is a transformational project that promises to fundamentally change the way Canadians travel in southern Ontario and Quebec, improving accessibility, and providing more travel flexibility. The Request for Expressions of Interest marks the first major step in the development and advancement of this project."

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

"Many key benefits would be provided to travellers through an electrified High Frequency Rail system, including shorter travel times and faster trains, improved on-time performance, higher frequencies, and more direct routes with improved connectivity between cities and to other modes of transportation."

Annie Koutrakis
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Transport

"High Frequency Rail is the largest transportation infrastructure project that Canada has undertaken in decades. This project will make an incredible difference in the lives of so many people, especially those in Mauricie. Today's announcement is another big step that will connect our communities and one that will bring more economic opportunity to the region."

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry

"High Frequency Rail is an infrastructure project with a size and scope that is unprecedented in modern Canadian history, which is why we are seeking to leverage the advice and views of private sector companies with concrete experience in designing and implementing complex infrastructure projects across the world. This is a very exciting opportunity for private sector companies to make their mark on the procurement and development of this project."

The Honourable Filomena Tassi
Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Quick Facts

  • The next steps would include:
    • Virtual information session on Request for Expressions of Interest: April 2022
    • Deadline for response to Request for Expressions of Interest: May 2022
    • Government of Canada issues Request for Qualifications: Fall 2022
    • Deadline for response to Request for Qualifications: Winter 2022-23
    • Government of Canada evaluation of Request for Qualifications and identification of Qualified Respondents: Winter 2022-23
    • Government of Canada issues Request for Proposals: Spring 2023
    • Deadline for response to Request for Proposals: Fall 2024
  • The size and scope of High Frequency Rail would drive transformational changes in how VIA Rail provides services in the Toronto to Québec City corridor to Canadians. In the meantime, VIA Rail continues the important work of rebuilding the passenger rail business in Canada following the pandemic.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to engaging the public, including communities currently served by VIA Rail between Toronto and Québec City, and consulting Indigenous Peoples to inform the project design and development.
  • Indigenous Peoples and Canadians interested in the project are encouraged to visit the High Frequency Rail Project website for additional information or to submit their views and questions.
  • The Government of Canada plans to incorporate strategies to enable socio-economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples in the subsequent phases of the High Frequency Rail project.
  • In follow-on stages of the procurement process, the Government of Canada plans to evaluate the Indigenous participation plans of proponents to encourage collaboration opportunities with Indigenous Peoples, businesses, communities, and organizations.
  • As with any large-scale infrastructure project, the Government of Canada is using a phased approach to leverage input collected throughout the procurement process and inform the next steps and decisions regarding the implementation of the High Frequency Rail Project.

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This news release may be made available in alternative formats for persons living with visual disabilities.

Source : Transport Canada

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Memo: O-Train Light Rail Transit Stage 1 and Stage 2 Quarterly Update (Q3 and Q4 2021)

Please find attached a memo regarding the O-Train Light Rail Transit Stage 1 and Stage 2 Quarterly Update (Q3 and Q4 2021).

Source : City of Ottawa

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Quebec City Tramway - A Discussion on the Currently Proposed Project - January 2022

Quebec City Tramway - A Discussion on the Currently Proposed Project - January 2022

Quebec City is actively working towards building a state-of-the-art Tramway system through the city. It will operate from Le Gendre to D'Estimauville (West to East). The proposed line will have 28 stations, be 19.3km in length and feature a downtown underground tunnel of 2.1km, that will be home to two stations.

In this conversation with David Bellerive, we discuss this exciting and important infrastructure and transit project, poised to transform commuting in Quebec City. Touching on the history of the first Tramway in the city that ran till the mid-1900s, the new system being designed, the choice of technology, the routing and location of stations and finally the stunning rolling stock that may ride the rails. This is your introduction and overview of the Quebec City Tramway. 

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O-Train Line 1 - Winter Operations with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations - January 19, 2022

O-Train Line 1 - Winter Operations with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations - January 19, 2022 -

On Monday, January 17, 2022, the City of Ottawa received a significant snowfall, and is being described as the 5th highest recorded snowfall in one day. O-Train Line 1 operated without issue throughout this winter snowstorm and blizzard, from the start to the end of service. 

In this conversation with Troy Charter, Director of Transit Operations at OC Transpo, we discuss this snowstorm, how the O-Train performed, how winter operations are planned and executed, and more. 

We also discuss the importance and use of the emergency call stations and emergency features located in stations and trains and why it is important to signal for help should you observe or witness an emergency situation.

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Share your train stories in a digital exhibition

The Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto & the Toronto Railway Museum present: 

"Getting Back on Track: The Changing Role of Passenger Rail in Southern Ontario" is a digital exhibition being made by some master's students (that's us!) that will use real stories from railway passengers (that's you!) to explore Ontario's railroads and how they're likely to evolve in the future. We'd love to hear from a diverse community, so please take a few moments to fill out the survey linked here.

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Stage 2 LRT Update - A Look at the Progress of the O-Train Expansion in Ottawa - December 2021

Last week, the City of Ottawa delivered an update on Stage 2 LRT progress in the city. Stage 2 is expanding the O-Train service in the East from Blair to Trim, in the West from Tunney's Pasture to Algonquin and Moodie, and in the South from Bayview to Limebank and the Airport. 

In this video, I discuss and provide my take on some of the important progress being realized on these massive construction and infrastructure projects across the city. 

The photos contained in this video were provided by the City of Ottawa and mostly date from November 2021. 

To see the latest photos of the stations, please check out our Snapshot Updates at otrain.railfans.ca/snapshot

  • 00:00 - Introduction 
  • 01:21 - East Extension (Blair to Trim) 
  • 14:32 - West Extension (Tunney's Pasture to Algonquin and Moodie) 
  • 37:36 - South Extension (Bayview to Limebank and Airport) 
  • 56:12 - Closing Thoughts 

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Stage 2 LRT Construction Update - FEDCO - December 17, 2021

Committee receives construction update on Stage 2 LRT

The City's Finance and Economic Development Committee received an update today on the three extensions of the Stage 2 LRT project, to the east, west and south.

In the south, work is progressing at the Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility and on multiple bridges, with girder installation underway at the Ellwood Diamond and Hunt Club rail bridges. Station construction has begun at all sites to the south. The first Stadler vehicle has been delivered and assembly is underway. The remaining vehicles will arrive in 2022.

In the east, Highway 174 roadwork is underway, and utilities are being relocated to make way within the centre median for LRT infrastructure. Construction has started on four of the five planned LRT stations. Construction of the East Rail Flyover bridge and Montréal Station bridge has been completed.

In the west, work continues at the Moodie Light Maintenance and Storage Facility, as well as at Queensview, Iris and Lincoln Fields stations, and along Byron Linear Park. Work is progressing at the slurry plant at Rochester Field and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. Cut-and-cover tunnel construction is underway on the Byron Linear Park Tunnel and the Parkway Tunnel, which will run between Kìchì Sìbì and Lincoln Fields stations travelling under the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.

The Committee received an updated schedule outlining the anticipated substantial completion dates for the three extensions. The COVID-19 pandemic has had impacts on major construction projects across Ontario, and City staff are closely monitoring construction schedules and any anticipated delays as a result. The Committee was informed that the O-Train South extension is now anticipated to open in spring 2023, as a result of contractor delays, which pushes out the original schedule of summer 2022. The O-Train East Extension is tracking toward its anticipated completion date in 2024. The O-Train West Extension has some pressure on its scheduled completion date of 2025, but the City and contractor are working together to resolve the critical timelines.

The Committee also approved the acquisition of 3101 Albion Road from the Canadian Pacific Railway, for possible future expansion of the Walkley Maintenance and Storage Facility. The Committee also delegated authority to the director of the rail construction program to negotiate and carry out both station construction and operating agreements for the Airport Link with the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport Authority.

Source : City of Ottawa


FEDCO Stage 2 LRT Update - December 17, 2021.mp3

Stage 2 LRT - Construction Photos 

East Extension

West Extension

South Extension


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