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  1. City to hold technical briefing on Stage 2 Light Rail. City staff will hold a technical briefing about the Stage 2 LRT project for members of Council and the media. Date: February 22, 2019 Time: 2 pm Location: Andrew Haydon Hall (Council Chambers), Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West
  2. The article doesn't go into too much detail as to what happened. A train got stuck in the snow. But there is a limited number running simultaneously so the natural clearing of snow by passing trains is reduced. They also don't mention if the maintenance vehicles to clear the track were circulating either. Could be a case of the line not being operated at the needed level to achieve sufficient snow removal and clearing. Speaking of this, is there a snowplow integrated at the ends of the vehicle (similar to the LINTs on the Trillium line) or something mounted underneath the front to clear snow?
  3. The Montreal Metro’s average speed is 40km/h. Keep in mind though that it is rubber tire based so it is able to accelerate quicker and brake faster than steel wheel rail. For comparison, the Toronto Subway average speed is between 28-32km/h depending on the line. Top speeds will be higher than the average which takes into account stopping, accelerating and braking. The Ottawa system is no better or worse than the other major systems in general for speed.
  4. FYI, the next FEDCO meeting will be February 12th at 9:30am.
  5. Previously it was mentioned that trains would run between Bayview and Limebank to make up the main line. A spur line would operate between South Keys and the Airport. Why not operate it like it will be on the Confederation Line from Lincoln Fields onward. Where one train continues to Moodie and another continues to Baseline, alternating. The same could theoretically be done on the Trillium. With one continuing past Siuth Keys to Linebank and the other to the Airport. Even every third train to Airport as it won’t require high frequency. Of course Airport station platform length would play into this and then this solution would affect train length and capacity for the airport train when it would hit the main line. Hooefully a more extensive solution to the main line from the airport will be developed. Eager to see what they come up with.
  6. Welcome to the site Todd. Very interesting details. It would make more sense that they allow the Airport Spur shuttle to continue to Bayview to connect to the main Confederation Line. Happy to see that they are at least open or allowing the possibility of making it technically possible, whether it operates like that or not. That said, with the configuration of the tracks and necessity of passing tracks to maintain operations, adding a LINT train to pass through from the airport to Bayview could complicate and affect schedules and capacity on the main Trillium line. And unless something has changed, the airport spur needs to use the LINTs due to the platform length. Good news in any case though, I like the idea of three platforms better than two and the pocket track. Would be more efficient and easier flow for passengers.
  7. Is anyone familiar with the general testing schedules? Specifically around the Tremblay station? I would like to get a new picture for the site's homepage, but this time in winter. Last time it was easy as the train was parked there... Any idea what the daily time frame for testing in that area is and what the frequency of them passing is? Thank you.
  8. Week of January 7, 2019 New Snapshot blog post on Tunney's Pasture New Snapshot blog post on Bayview New Snapshot blog post on Pimisi New Snapshot blog post on Lyon New Snapshot blog post on Parliament New Snapshot blog post on Rideau New Snapshot blog post on uOttawa New Snapshot blog post on Lees New Snapshot blog post on Hurdman New Snapshot blog post on Tremblay New Snapshot blog post on St-Laurent New Snapshot blog post on Cyrville New Snapshot blog post on Blair
  9. The construction hoarding for the interior entrance to Lyon Station from Place de Ville underground concourse has been down for several months now, but the windows had been covered by white paper and cardboard. No longer. Here are some shots taken today of the entrance, as well as what lays beyond. As you can see the double door leads into a small entrance way that heads to the right, through another set of doors. From there a 180 degree turn, and then a right turn to lead up the hallway to the main station area.
  10. The City of Ottawa has just released to media the following memo in regards to the Confederation Line - Revenue Service Availability date. RTG states that the Works Schedule will reflect achievement of Revenue Service Availability on or before March 31, 2019. You can read the two documents that were distributed below for more details. I encourage all to view them to have the complete picture and update on the status of the line. https://www.otrainfans.ca/blogs/o-train-confederation-line-revenue-service-availability-date-update-on-january-3-2019 The two major points are: As per the attached documentation, RTG has advised the City that it will achieve RSA on or before March 31, 2019. Staff will continue to monitor RTG's progress against their RSA date. The RSA date is not the date that service is launched to passengers. It is expected that Confederation Line service would be launched within one month of achieving the RSA date.
  11. It's been slow on the LRT news front the past 2 months but here's a small update: Rideau Transit Group asks city for a one-day extension to the deadline for setting a new handover date. The city was supposed to find out today (Tuesday) but will now wait till Wednesday to find out. After this, the city will go over the new data and we should expect that the public will find out via the next FEDCO meeting (date not known yet), but could be next Tuesday. https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/ottawas-lrt-handover-date-receives-one-day-extension https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-lrt-rtg-handover-deadline-extension-1.4963798
  12. The City of Ottawa - Media Relations has shared with media a memo regarding an update on the Prince of Wales Bridge and Ottawa River Line. Source : City of Ottawa https://www.otrainfans.ca/blogs/memo-moose-petition-access-to-city-of-ottawa-submissions
  13. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/high-speed-rail-1.4915058 Seems like the Ford government may in fact find a way to pass on moving ahead with the High-Speed rail project between Toronto and Windsor.
  14. Week of November 18, 2018 New Snapshot blog post on Pimisi Station. New Snapshot blog post on Bayview Station.
  15. I have little doubt they will open by end of March, but I'm hopeful for even sooner. Lots of progress made over the past few months, it's really impressive. I guess we can put January 2nd on calendar as the deadline to find out the new RSA date. They have 60 days from the last one of November 2nd to announce a new Revenue Service Availability date. That's a month and a half away. I would expect we would hear something before Christmas, as after that it's just a week away and with holidays and New Year's... doubtful they would announce something in that week period, unless they want to be dramatic due to the holidays.
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