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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    A Bank Street subway could be extended along the south east Transitway from Billings Bridge to South Keys and then extended to the airport along the currently under construction airport spur. This would provide one seat ride from the airport to downtown. This would also allow us to avoid the...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    The likelihood of reaching capacity on the Confederation Line depends on build out at Bayview and Lebreton Flats and whether the condo boom downtown continues. It is true that the federal government has been diversifying its locations in Ottawa, but this creates other transit problems that have...
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    Speed and frequency will make a big difference in who will choose to use the train service. In the past, we have only improved highway infrastructure and naturally most people use private vehicles. If we improve rail infrastructure sufficiently, there is no reason not to believe that we will...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Cancelled)

    Ottawa is still feeling the repercussions of the 2006 cancellation. It was not just that one line being cancelled. The whole Transportation Master Plan was thrown out. What we are ending up with is an extremely expensive skeleton of the original transit plan. The city will be paying for this...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Why my comment about 'value engineering' and the design of Phase 2? Did we wisely buy trains suitable for this climate? Certainly, we purchased a brand new model and we are effectively debugging the design at the expense of Ottawa transit riders. Did we buy enough trains? The original...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    If what I have bolded happens, a good portion of city council and the mayor will be kicked out of office at the next election. If LRT reliability does not improve substantially, existing politicians will be blamed for the degree of 'value engineering' that went into the project, which has left...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    A Bank Street subway is not even on the radar of decision makers. We really want our own Yonge-Bloor transfer.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I have been harping about the lack of redundancies on the Ottawa board for months including before the Confederation Line commenced service. I get told that we can't afford redundancy. I say we can't afford not having adequate redundancy. People are going to bale out on transit if the lack of...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Down to 10 trains in service now. Also, Confederation Line was plagued with problems all weekend. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/lrt-weekend-switches-smoke-1.5433169
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    There is already four levels of train service in the GTA. Streetcars, subways, GO and VIA. I don't see there being a sufficient market for yet another level of service especially given that GO and VIA already share the same track and another level would have to share those same track yet again.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    OC Transpo does not have enough operational trains to maintain peak period service today. Only 11 trains are available. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/oc-transpo-train-shortage-delays-1.5432729
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    I totally agree. A rail solution only makes sense where demand is very high and congestion is a problem. You don't go from nothing to rail. There needs to be regional bus network first.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Serious Confederation Line failure. Train service will be interrupted for several hours or longer. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ottawa-lrt-confederation-line-wire-broken-1.5429328
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    There are 13 two-car trains running. The original plan was to have 15 two-car trains running on the Phase 1 route. There has been considerable talk about adding one or two more trains. I believe the issue relates to train reliability. More trains need to be out of service than originally...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Cancelled)

    What we are seeing in Hamilton is a delay tactic. The PCs don't want to spend the money on a project that was close to shovel ready. They have other spending priorities. So they announce another study for alternatives. None of the alternatives will be ready for construction for years and...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Cancelled)

    I laugh when I see plans to replace urban transit spending in Hamilton with roads designed to service the exurbs and increasing sprawl. Of course, all designed to support the Conservative voter base. We are seeing both the federal and provincial Conservatives making the same mistake by not...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Cancelled)

    If the trains remain unreliable and we saw a perfect example which lasted 6 hours on New Years eve, adding more trains for Phase 2 will make things worse. The reliability problem must be solved or LRT will be massive failure. One broken down train blocks the whole system too often whereas it...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Cancelled)

    A capacity increase was the main justification for Ottawa's LRT tunnel. Other than congestion related delays, the speed of Ottawa's system was not expected to increase given that the Transitways were already grade separated outside of downtown. Buses can travel just as fast as trains in...
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    VIA Rail

    The Churchill train provides overnight service. UPX coaches are not enough if you want tourists on this line.
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Cancelled)

    I really don't understand why Hamilton has been hesitant about LRT even in the suburbs. LRT is a city building project. The reaction in Ottawa is totally the opposite. Despite the early hiccups with Phase 1, Phase 2 and even 3 can't be built fast enough. I guess we have had this hesitation...

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