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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Ottawa's solution of equipping the gates with 2D scanners and having transfers on the buses print out with a timestamped QR code looks more and more reasonable all the time.
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    General cycling issues (Is Toronto bike friendly?)

    That's been there for over a year now - it's just as bad in the summer when it isn't covered in snow.
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Ottawa's single-use and limited-use media, such as transfers and day passes, are not contactless/RFID. They are just printed QR codes on paper, and every fare gate has a 2D scanner to validate them. On a bus, they are visually inspected. This system works well for Ottawa, as the buses were...
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    King Street (Streetcar Transit Priority)

    Duplicate bicycle signal heads are not required by regulation, but are listed as a "should" in OTM book 12A. Your design might work well with a white bar transit signal atop the regular yellow signal, and then the two bike signals.
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    Ontario Northland and the End of the Northlander

    The Ontario Northland buses are dispatched from North Bay, so the bus would go back to the garage upon arrival in North Bay on Friday. If they didn't add a corresponding southbound schedule Friday morning to ferry the bus down to Allandale, then they're deadheading a bus down from North Bay on...
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    Ontario Northland and the End of the Northlander

    It could have been whipped up really quickly: why else would they wait until August to roll it out, and only a week or two before it started? Southbound, it seems that there is quite a buffer between the bus arriving and the train departing, to deal with the variability in highway travel...
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    Moose Rail (National Capital Region)

    I'm a little late to this conversation, but I think I'm the person you're referring to on SSP. I doubt that a new signal system will come soon, but I know that there is a desire to move dispatching in house. The line is currently dispatched by RailTerm, who is also the dispatcher for VIA...
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    The Future of Bombardier

    I believe their maximum capacity was 4 planes/year. If you drove past the hangar when the doors were open, there was often two planes in different states of assembly. Bombardier actually contracted the assembly work out to another company that staffed the facility. The order book was empty when...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    The TTC is replacing the existing onboard CAD/AVL system with one from Clever Devices, the same vendor OC Transpo uses that integrates the PRESTO functions into the driver's screen. It makes sense to wait until this system is installed to integrate it, rather than try and hack the readers into...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Ottawa is trialing a PRESTO and Multi compatible farecard integrated into the U-Pass this summer. I have some suspicions that the card is based on the Multi system instead of the PRESTO system, but nothing would stop the TTC from doing something similar in a stopgap situation.
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    TTC: Cherry Street reconstruction and streetcar trackage (City of Toronto/TTC, U/C)

    They aren't upside down, they're the wrong signs. Flipping them over wouldn't change the direction the lines point, the signs need to be entirely replaced.
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    The new ones were purpose built, but they're still built in Germany, based on DB specifications. The paint is almost the same as DB, the seats are the DB patterns, and although the buttons don't say "Bitte Drucken" anymore, there are a number of German labels inside and outside the trains. Most...
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    New GO Train Control+Signalling (PTC, CBTC, ETC) -- Safety & Subway-Like Frequency

    I wonder if the STO is also Federal. They operate more buses in Ottawa than OC does in Gatineau, but somehow I doubt they are federally regulated. It should be noted that signalling on most of the Trillium line is now CTC, upgraded when the service was increased in 2013. I am unaware of any...
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    General cycling issues (Is Toronto bike friendly?)

    Anything that meets your requirements is probably so expensive that you wouldn't want to ride it in winter anyways. Semi-disposable winter beaters are unfortunately the way to go.
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    New GO Train Control+Signalling (PTC, CBTC, ETC) -- Safety & Subway-Like Frequency

    It should be noted that all of OC Transpo's operations, including the buses are federally regulated. For example, AODA doesn't apply to OC Transpo, though they follow it in spirit.
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    The Ottawa MSF is separated from the rail line by a large earth berm. It might be possible to get a rail connection into the yard at the east end next to the Pepsi warehouse, but I doubt it. Most of the work for the Ottawa cars is being done in Hornell though, including all welding. Ottawa is...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    There's a page about recent TTC rail grinding here: and here...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    There's a huge difference between accepting credit/debit for single rides and accepting credit/debit through PRESTO. Lost of places that take credit/debit for single rides at vending machines are now looking at integrating it into their smart card systems, like London, England just did. The...
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    VIA Rail

    The fact they they own the tracks to the station and don't own the line through Walkley Yard is another reason they would improve the tracks leading to the station. The issue is the sharp curve around Hurdman immediately west of the station would force trains to slow down regardless of if they...
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    From what I understand, most of the work being done in Ottawa is electrical and finishing, with no welding taking place. This seems very similar to the Bombardier process taking place in THhunder Bay, but instead of Mexico, parts are coming from Hornell New York.