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Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

TransitBart

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A few of my shots from recent testing:

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Nice work!

1. So the winner of first Ontario city to get its act together and get an LRT Line in service is....naturally the 4th largest city on the continent, Toronto. Nix that. Kitchener-Waterloo. Kudos. Maybe the comparison to San Jose is deserved.
2. When do we ge to ride this puppy? This testing here is making 2021 look very dicey for Eglinton. (The first pics have snow in them and it’s mid-summer.) Plus all that lawsuit and more time stuff in Toronto. I could see full-service schedule qty of trains running in Toronto for a year to get all the details right at this rate. Clearly, you don’t open one Monday at 0600 and put 20 trams in revenue service for the day.
3. Now if there were a way to get from Toronto to iON that did not involve a bus. Oh. Wait. Other thread. Two issues. Moving the Kitchener GO/Via Station. And that darn all-day thing. So we’ll all drive - ack - to test ride transit. Plus, is there a way to get from San Jose to here on transit? Wow! Brilliant. You can go east into the city or west to KW from YYZ. Oh. Not yet. Ok.
4. Who remembers what iON stands for or means? Or does it?

/endsarcasm This is a good step.
 

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Nice work!

1. So the winner of first Ontario city to get its act together and get an LRT Line in service is....naturally the 4th largest city on the continent, Toronto. Nix that. Kitchener-Waterloo. Kudos. Maybe the comparison to San Jose is deserved.
2. When do we ge to ride this puppy? This testing here is making 2021 look very dicey for Eglinton. (The first pics have snow in them and it’s mid-summer.) Plus all that lawsuit and more time stuff in Toronto. I could see full-service schedule qty of trains running in Toronto for a year to get all the details right at this rate. Clearly, you don’t open one Monday at 0600 and put 20 trams in revenue service for the day.
3. Now if there were a way to get from Toronto to iON that did not involve a bus. Oh. Wait. Other thread. Two issues. Moving the Kitchener GO/Via Station. And that darn all-day thing. So we’ll all drive - ack - to test ride transit. Plus, is there a way to get from San Jose to here on transit? Wow! Brilliant. You can go east into the city or west to KW from YYZ. Oh. Not yet. Ok.
4. Who remembers what iON stands for or means? Or does it?

/endsarcasm This is a good step.
4. iON (or ion) is Greek for "going".
 

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Nice work!

1. So the winner of first Ontario city to get its act together and get an LRT Line in service is....naturally the 4th largest city on the continent, Toronto. Nix that. Kitchener-Waterloo. Kudos. Maybe the comparison to San Jose is deserved.
2. When do we ge to ride this puppy? This testing here is making 2021 look very dicey for Eglinton. (The first pics have snow in them and it’s mid-summer.) Plus all that lawsuit and more time stuff in Toronto. I could see full-service schedule qty of trains running in Toronto for a year to get all the details right at this rate. Clearly, you don’t open one Monday at 0600 and put 20 trams in revenue service for the day.
3. Now if there were a way to get from Toronto to iON that did not involve a bus. Oh. Wait. Other thread. Two issues. Moving the Kitchener GO/Via Station. And that darn all-day thing. So we’ll all drive - ack - to test ride transit. Plus, is there a way to get from San Jose to here on transit? Wow! Brilliant. You can go east into the city or west to KW from YYZ. Oh. Not yet. Ok.
4. Who remembers what iON stands for or means? Or does it?

/endsarcasm This is a good step.

Still, think its really cool that in a few years you will be able to hop on a Via/GO train and be able to go and ride on like half a dozen different rapid transit systems across Ontario. Not to mention potentially a few more in Quebec. It's kind of amazing to think that a few years ago the only Metro Areas with rail rapid transit in Canada were Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and maybe Ottawa. In a few years, we will be able to add Kitchener Waterloo, Hamilton, Miss., Ottawa, plus potentially a few in Quebec which means we have probably significantly increased the number of people living close to a rapid transit stop.

Whats even more interesting will be the impacts all these projects have on transit ridership (both within cities and between on services like Via), as well as development patterns. Plus the inevitable expansion plans that will begin coming in a few years after opening.
 

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Two vehicles out testing today, 505 and the most recent delivery, 509:


@steveintoronto, I think it was you that tagged me in the crosstown thread a few weeks back regarding the use of aspect signals in KW. I didn't have a good picture of my own to share and couldn't find the one I wanted to link to from Facebook so I didn't reply at the time. There's good video of one active in this clip though, enjoy...
 

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Two vehicles out testing today, 505 and the most recent delivery, 509:

@steveintoronto, I think it was you that tagged me in the crosstown thread a few weeks back regarding the use of aspect signals in KW. I didn't have a good picture of my own to share and couldn't find the one I wanted to link to from Facebook so I didn't reply at the time. There's good video of one active in this clip though, enjoy...
Serendipity! I was in Kitchener today having a good look at the new infrastructure. What immediately impresses me is the quality of catenary, the gauge, support, supply, and how overbuilt it is. It's not pretty, but it's beautiful.

I admit to being a bit perplexed as to the track routing though, but then again, Kitchener is anything but a rational street geometry. It makes London UK, and Paris seem simple in comparison.

Took the GO 30 bus in this morning with bike, cycled down to Cambridge, then across to Guelph and then around locally.

Hespeler has a charm that fortunately has pretty much been left in place. Cycling across the #24 and 401 bridge going north, escaping the madness and then floating through Hespeler never gets old for me.

I was taking special note of the signals on the LRT, both road and railway ones. I'd love to read an engineering report on them, have Googled many times, still can't find.

And yes, it was me that tagged you. You've have some valuable input on engineering and infrastructure for ION and other systems.
 

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I haven't heard a date when the line will open, but Ottawa system is supposed to opened by the end of Nov.

Turnover to the city is supposed to be Nov 2, but what I saw for a number of station, going to be hard press to meet that day, even with the current 7/24 schedule.

2 trains doing testing from LeBaron Station to Tunney's Pasture Station when we had a look at the system.

The 2 systems are night and day apart.

I have issues with some of the route for the KW, but will work well for centre street running.

Planning on getting up to KW next week

More up on site
 
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