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  • Birthday 10/26/1976

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  1. The STO thanks its public transit riders and all citizens for their understanding and patience during this labour dispute. Moreover, fare compensation for riders will continue until May 31, 2017. La STO remercie la clientèle de faire route avec elle en cette période de transition : rabais tarifaire de 25 % maintenu jusqu'à la fin du mois de mai.
  2. I noticed that only the routes being changed in the spring have been updated on the system map. For instance, routes 14, 85, and 111 are designated as frequent routes on some bus stops, but they're still black regular routes on this map.
  3. OC Transpo has posted the Spring 2017 system map on its website. It is an interesting mix of the old and new route colouring schemes, with rapid and frequent routes operating alongside regular and peak-period routes: http://www.octranspo.com/images/files/maps/system_map/systemmap.pdf
  4. I suppose the fastest speed I've experienced on a transit bus was on an OC Transpo Orion III/Ikarus 286--I don't remember whether it was Cummins- or Detroit Diesel-powered--when the driver running route 95 on the Queensway between Jeanne d'Arc and Blair "buried the needle" on a speedometer that topped out at 120 km/h, or 75 mph. The only other time I can recall being in a bus reaching its top speed was during a charter of STO bus 7901, a 1979 GM New Look, which maxed out at 95 km/h, or 60 mph.
  5. I've seen a few European vehicles in Ottawa over the years, mostly RVs spending the night in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Last year, I spotted one RV each from Germany (ISO code D), Spain (E), and France (F). I also spotted an Austrian RV (A) on the Rockcliffe Parkway about five years ago. Of other vehicles, I once saw an RHD old-style Mini with British number plates parked at St. Laurent Shopping Centre a number of years ago, and a sedan with Luxembourg plates about fifteen years ago (plain Euro plates with a white oval on the trunk containing ISO code L). I also spotted a Mexican tour bus at the Rideau Centre (SPF MEX plates), but I remember almost nothing else about it. As for Canadian and American plates, I tend to notice then ignore them, as I do see them quite frequently. A quarter of Ottawa-Gatineau's population lives in Quebec, so I see those plates on a daily basis. Next most common plates I see are from New York, which is only an hour's drive away from Ottawa and many North Country residents shop at Ottawa malls. IIRC, I have seen plates from every Canadian province and territory, and every US state, even Nunavut and Hawaii, but I cannot recall ever seeing plates from Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands. One plate that does get my attention, though, is the US diplomatic or consular plate, which makes the occasional appearance in our nation's capital. My strangest plate sighting, however, was a New York plate I saw on my honeymoon, on a car parked near the bank of the Seine in Paris, France!
  6. BUMP! I found some videos on Youtube from a few years ago in which Russian video blogger and car enthusiast Ivan Zenkevich test drives the license-built Soviet copies of the GM "Old Look" buses. First up is the ZiS-154 rear-engined diesel-electric bus, which evolved into the mechanically-simpler ZiS-155 front-engined motor bus, which inspired the MTB-82 trolleybus, which in turn inspired the MTV-82 tramway. I wish these videos had subtitles because я не говорю по-русски!
  7. This video is a year old, but it shows what it is like to operate a Montreal Metro train:
  8. According to Google Earth, these images were taken on 09/05/2016--Labour Day.
  9. Don Rickles, king of insult comedy, dies at 90
  10. geoOttawa (maps.ottawa.ca/geoottawa) now shows the proposed track layout of the O-Train Confederation and Trillium Lines out to 2023 (except for the recently announced extension from Bayshore to Moodie). It also shows crossovers, sidings and storage tracks, whether the stations will have island or side platforms, and the track layout at the Belfast and Walkley Yards. To view the plans, click on "More Layers" in the top right corner of the screen and check the "Rail Implementation Office" box. To see the station layouts for the Confederation Line, click here. The Trillium Line is double-tracked between Bayview Station and Beech Street, through Carleton University, between Brookfield Avenue and Walkley Road, around South Keys Station, around Lester Road, between Leitrim Road and Bowesville Station, and around Uplands Station. Crossovers are located just south of Bayview Station, south of Hunt Club Road, and just east of Bowesville Station. Station Layouts: Bayview: Double-tracked, side platforms (new configuration) Gladstone: Double-tracked, side platforms (new station) Carling: Single track, single platform (current configuration) Carleton: Double-tracked, side platforms (current configuration) Confederation: Single track, single platform (current configuration) Walkley: Single track, single platform (new station) Greenboro: Single track, single platform (current configuration) South Keys: Double-tracked, island platform with storage track (new station) Riverside South Branch: Leitrim: Double-tracked, side platforms (new station) Bowesville: Double-tracked, staggered side platforms with storage tracks (new station) Airport Spur: Uplands: Double-tracked, side platforms (new station) Airport: Single track, single platform (new station)
  11. geoOttawa (maps.ottawa.ca/geoottawa) now shows the proposed track layout of the O-Train Confederation and Trillium Lines out to 2023 (except for the recently announced extension from Bayshore to Moodie). It also shows crossovers, sidings and storage tracks, whether the stations will have island or side platforms, and the track layout at the Belfast Yard. To view the plans, click on "More Layers" in the top right corner of the screen and check the "Rail Implementation Office" box. To see the station layouts for the Trillium Line, click here. The Confederation Line is double-tracked for its entire length. Crossovers are located just west of Trim Road, just west of Place d'Orleans Station, just west of Jeanne d'Arc Boulevard, just east of Blair Road (with centre storage track), just west of Blair Station, between St. Laurent Station and Belfast Road (access to Belfast Yard), west of Belfast Road (access to Belfast Yard), west of Riverside Drive (with siding), just north of uOttawa Station, between Parliament and Lyon Stations, just east of Tunney's Pasture Station, just west of Westboro Station, just north of and south of Lincoln Fields Station (see note below), between Queensway and Iris Street, just north of Baseline Station (with multiple storage tracks), and under the Richmond Road overpass. Station Layouts: Trim: Island Platform Place d'Orleans: Island Platform Orleans Boulevard: Island Platform Jeanne d'Arc: Island Platform Montreal: Island Platform Blair: Island Platform Cyrville: Island Platform St. Laurent: Side Platforms Tremblay: Side Platforms Hurdman: Side Platforms Lees: Side Platforms uOttawa: Side Platforms Rideau: Side Platforms Parliament: Side Platforms Lyon: Side Platforms Pimisi: Island Platform Bayview: Side Platforms Tunney's Pasture: Side Platforms Westboro: Side Platforms Dominion: Side Platforms Cleary: Side Platforms New Orchard: Island Platform Lincoln Fields: Three tracks, two island platforms. It looks as if the two tracks on the west will be for outbound trains, with the centre track being used for Bayshore trains and the outer track for Baseline, while the track on the east will be for inbound trains. Baseline Branch: Iris: Side Platforms Baseline: Island Platform with small storage yard Bayshore Branch: Queensview: Island Platform Pinecrest: Island Platform Bayshore: Side Platforms Moodie: Not depicted
  12. Simply stated today: preserved GM New Look CTCRO 7901 shown when nearly brand new, at the corner of Maisonneuve and Sacré-Coeur boulevards in 1980. This slide is up for auction by "Gilbert9567" and is being used for educational purposes only.
  13. I drove by that intersection this morning, and all but one of the signals are still incandescent. IIRC, the LED signal is on the southeast corner facing Teron.