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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    According to TRA (among others), this is pretty typical for light rail systems. (whether this applies to light metro systems disguised as light rail systems is unclear)
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    There are no wayside detectors, and it was made clear that wayside detectors would not work due to the design of the bearings.
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    Moose Rail (National Capital Region)

    As mentioned, it serves a pretty important role in providing transit in Alta Vista, Uplands, Greenboro, and the general hospital. Plus it will be a part of the future Baseline BRT. Well no, not really. The Trillium Line dodges everything north of Walkley. The South Keys to Walkley stretch will...
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    Moose Rail (National Capital Region)

    Please leave the SE Transitway alone. It is more useful as a BRT than it ever will be as LRT, and it is unlikely that its capacity will ever reach a point where it needs to be upgraded beyond BRT. If Bayview really becomes an issue in the future, that's when we start talking about Bank Street...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Alstom weren't obligated to bid on the project. They still put forward a design they said would work, and based on an existing train that had many of the same operational characteristics they are now trying to claim are "pushing the limits" of what LRVs can do. The city definitely should have...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    The estimate was recently revised, and including a ~$50M realignment to avoid the demolition of homes between Knoxdale and Hunt Club, the new estimate is $3.52B.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Getting out to Barrhaven (Baseline to Fallowfield) requires traversing an area with very poor soil conditions. In addition, that cost bundles in two major road grade separations from the VIA line which will be done with or without the LRT (for $400M). From Fallowfield to Barrhaven Town Centre...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Infrastructure takes years to build, and it's not like we're just going to give up and pack up the LRT any time soon. At this point it's been pretty well-established that the continuing operational issues are related to the poor execution of maintenance. It'll either improve over time or be...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    According to the original reddit post, it was turning right onto Riverside from Hunt Club, so it is on the right side of the road.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Calling the 2013–15 upgrades a disaster is not the same as calling the Trillium Line [as a whole?] a disaster. A marginally longer trip time is not "disastrous". Also, the original vehicles are actually still sitting in the yard. They intended to sell them for scrap after no one would buy them...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    That seems a bit hyperbolic.. Sure it didn't end up reaching the target headways, but it was performing fine and was carrying more passengers than had been projected.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    This was Thursday's incident.
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    Ottawa's trains were assembled in Ottawa with parts manufactured in Hornell, Sorel-Tracy, and others. I think they're quite the same.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Reminder: Alstom was also subcontracted to perform maintenance on these vehicles. I don't think it was Alstom who did that, but someone did. In any case, RTG was awarded the bid before the vehicle selection was done. They chose between Siemens and Alstom. i.e. Alstom had very little to do with...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I don't really see how double tracking would help. They'll both use the same signaling tech, and I'm not sure the difference in acceleration will be significant (if any). But you expect them to double the scale of a massive capital investment solely for this purpose?
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    VIA Rail

    VIA is transferring ownership of the old M&O Subdivison to the Prescott-Russell Trail Corporation, though only the 74km of it that are located within Prescott-Russell. https://media.viarail.ca/en/node/38715 I think VIA was holding onto this in case of a high-speed rail plan?
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Line 1 is now expected to partially resume service this Friday, with full service expected by the end of the month:
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    You answered your own question.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I'm not sure where that number is sourced from, but the one I've seen was a $9M/year net saving by switching to LRT. OC Transpo has always been constrained by a tight budget. The LRT didn't change that. I don't know exactly why which cuts were made where and for what reason. The budget was...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I'd like to point out that this has never been anything more than theory created by you, so please don't try to pass it off like some fact. The fixed-price nature of the LRT maintenance contract kind of makes this theory impossible. Perhaps additional cuts were made, but the cost to maintain...

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