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  1. Aside from the above Canadian agencies, I've seen the following in my travels in the US Northeast: Centro of Syracuse Past NovaBus RTS Orion V Present New Flyer C40LF Orion VII NFTA Metro Bus (Buffalo) Past Orion V Present NovaBus LFS Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority Past New Flyer C35LF & C40LF
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    Unusual Traffic Light Phases in Ottawa

    Likewise, the bus signals on the eastbound Queensway offramp at St. Laurent Blvd. are always red, with only the white "candle" at the top changing when a bus arrives: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4192654,-75.6346705,3a,38.1y,67.35h,89.45t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sZZA_w_kOkqMYnecoX7wLhA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
  3. I guess they're close enough to each other to cause confusion at a distance. I used to get my car serviced at Donnelly and I passed by those intersections quite frequently.
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    Anyone have pictures of those buses?
  5. Yes, but keep in mind that city staff have already recommended against an electric bus pilot project for two main reasons: It is important to note that the opening of O-Train Line 1 and the subsequent Stage 2 extensions will bring significant environmental benefits. The upcoming opening of O-Train Line 1 will introduce 34 electric rail vehicles into our fleet, replacing approximately 180 diesel buses with zero-emission electric trains. This represents an estimated 15 to 20 per cent reduction in OC Transpo’s conventional vehicle emissions, an annual reduction of 94,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases (GHG), 4,500 tonnes of criteria air contaminants (CACs), 10 million litres of diesel fuel, and also 5,600 tonnes of roadway salt. (Councillor McKenney, Council Member Inquiry Form, 2019/02/20) The General Manager’s conclusion is that, “Conducting our own pilot project will simply replicate work and add costs with no added value.” This makes sense given the extensive testing done by other jurisdictions. (Councillor McKenney, Report to Transit Commission, 2019/06/10)
  6. The Transit Commission will be discussing electric buses at their meeting on 06/19/2019: https://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=7665&doctype=AGENDA https://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/cache/2/4zm2b2izxofdn3wrnbifpbce/58914006142019124057564.PDF https://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/cache/2/4zm2b2izxofdn3wrnbifpbce/5891410614201912405863.PDF
  7. Inspired by the TTC thread, here is a thread for old bus photos from Ottawa-Hull/Gatineau. I'll start off with some of my earliest photos: 7403 on Slater Street near Elgin in June 2000: 7845 pulling away from Hurdman Station on Dec. 20, 1997: Ex-STO 8013 at Hurdman Station on Dec. 20, 1997: Ex-SMMBL 1770 laying up near Hurdman Station on Dec. 20, 1997: 8790 on the Mackenzie King bridge at Elgin Street on Dec. 20, 1997: 9030 at Hurdman Station on Dec. 20, 1997: 9109 at Lebreton Station on December 27, 2000: Brand-new 9126 next to 6101 during the OC Transpo Roadeo at Lansdowne Park on May 26, 1991 (one of my earliest bus photos): 9207 at Hurdman Station on Dec. 20, 1997. 9244 at Hurdman Station on Dec. 20, 1997: 9321 at Hurdman Station on December 20, 1997: 7901, the STO's historic bus, at Confederation Square on December 20, 1997: 8307 at Confederation Square on Dec. 20, 1997: 8404 at Confederation Square on Dec. 20, 1997: 8911 at Confederation Square on December 20, 1997: 9511 at Confederation Square on Dec. 20, 1997: 9601 at the Rideau Centre on Dec. 20, 1997: 2392 at Tunney’s Pasture in May 2000:
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    Nova or NFI Artics or Double Deckers?

    @MCIBUS's initial question was about OC Transpo, so I'd think this thread belongs here. Just my opinion, of course.
  9. There's no #TBT tweet this week, but here's a Facebook post from Lost Ottawa:
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    Los Angeles MTA

    I don't know about the LACMTA testing any RTS buses, but the SCRTD had hundreds of RTS buses in service: https://cptdb.ca/wiki/index.php/Southern_California_Rapid_Transit_District
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    CitiBus (Watertown, NY)

    Watertown councilman says city should explore having CitiBus run by a transit authority.
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    Advance flashing green lights in Ottawa

    Add St. Laurent Blvd. and Hemlock Road (northbound). They had been replaced by 2009 but are visible in the 2007 Google Streetview. When I was a kid, there was also a set on Montreal Road at St. Laurent Blvd. (westbound). They've long since been replaced by green arrows. Finally, also from when I was a kid, there were a set of flashing green lights on Rideau Street at King Edward Avenue (eastbound). However, these were delayed flashing green lights because they were activated after the westbound light changed to red.
  13. There used to be similar signals on Albion Road at Lester Road near the airport, back when through traffic on Albion was prohibited in both directions around the 2005-2007 time frame. The prohibition started when Blossom Park residents complained about drivers from growing southern Ottawa communities cutting through their residential neighbourhood. However, these drivers would then turn left or right from Albion onto Lester, make a U-turn, and then turn left back onto Albion to continue on their way (I never understood this, as Bank Street is only a kilometre to the east of the intersection). Therefore, the city installed dozens of no U-turn signs along Lester in both directions heading away from Albion. Opposition by drivers against the ban was just as fierce as the support for the ban from the community, and the ban was lifted after a few years. There are no Google Street View images of the signals--the oldest appear to be from 2009--but the GeoOttawa screenshot from 2007 shows the lane markings on Albion Road, along with some of the shadows of the many no U-turn signs:
  14. There are lots of old signals on Montreal Road east of St. Laurent Blvd.--and presumably west too, though I don't travel there as often. I especially highlight the intersection of Montreal Road and Elwood Street, as they still have lots of 8-8-8 and 12-8-8 incandescent signals: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4461306,-75.6103627,3a,48.4y,143.23h,96.08t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1soGxK-gpXpkW1i-T7O88lRA!2e0!5s20180501T000000!7i13312!8i6656 I much prefer incandescent lights because LED lights do strange things in my glasses, shifting left to right as I turn my head to the point where I can see the green light can be floating in midair next to the traffic signal. The effect is even stronger with deep blue LED lights, but fortunately those are not used for traffic control. Yet. I usually keep an eye out for the old 8-8-8 signals because they are mostly not LEDified yet, and I hope that they stay in place as long as possible. I know the city has a mandate to improve traffic safety and save on energy costs, but I'm nostalgic when it comes to the old lights. I know these signals aren't in Ottawa, but there are some ancient traffic lights along King Street in Prescott. My favourite signals include some 6-6-6 signals on King Street West at George Street: https://www.google.com/maps/@44.7083847,-75.5161971,3a,75y,140.68h,66.25t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sqknNceMMSnMmj2I83hXo-A!2e0!5s20180701T000000!7i13312!8i6656
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    Unusual Traffic Light Phases in Ottawa

    There is a right-turn arrow on northbound March Road at Herzberg Road in Kanata that never changes from green unless a bicycle is approaching, a pedestrian is crossing, or a car is turning left from southbound March Road: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3321061,-75.8933144,3a,54.5y,326.15h,81.96t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1slTR_yNRRdFOBgd9P-WMs7w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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    Ambulance Lights Are Being Replaced

    Yup. New provincial legislation allows Ontario ambulances to use flashing red and blue lights to improve visibility: https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-news/ottawa-ambulance-lights-change-colour-1344949
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    OC Bus Spottings

    Spotted 4444 on route 168 Bridlewood at the Hazeldean Mall at about 6:05 this evening.
  18. There was no #TBT tweet today, but here's one from last week:
  19. OC Transpo TDH-5105 no. 5961 is shown parked at the St. Laurent garage in the summer of 1973. All but two OC Transpo GM "Old Look" buses retained their old OTC livery until they were retired in 1979, the two exceptions being 5101 and 5931. A Fishbowl in the green OTC paint scheme can barely be seen at the far left of the photo, as can an old OTC bus stop on the streetlight pole next to it. The Ponderosa Steak House across St. Laurent Blvd. became a Red Lobster in 1984, and that restaurant is still located there today. I love the prices for the steak lunch and dinner, which even after nearly six-times inflation would still be a bargain! ($1.19 in 1973 = $7.01 in 2019 and $2.09 in 1973 = $12.30 in 2019, according to the Bank of Canada's online inflation calculator). Also, the speed limit on St. Laurent Blvd. was 40 MPH at the time, but it has since been raised to 70 km/h. This slide is up for auction by "ttcbeat" and is being used for educational purposes only.
  20. Here are some old bus stop platforms along Hemlock Road eastbound in Manor Park, which fell out of use when route 53 was cancelled in the area in 1981. This one at Hemlock and Justin Avenue is the only unused stop still intact: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4492874,-75.6597667,3a,75y,129.28h,86.97t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sSPNr-LyeXIEx_ht7GtneXg!2e0!5s20180701T000000!7i13312!8i6656 There used to be one at Hemlock and Braemar Avenue as well. It was removed when the bike lanes were installed a few years ago, but the curb cut is still there: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.449609,-75.6549942,3a,75y,140.27h,80.69t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s2GzQ9tq-bOZVvQ1kxDwCqA!2e0!5s20160501T000000!7i13312!8i6656 https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4496089,-75.6550048,3a,75y,140.27h,80.69t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s5AfOqPDQYihYsyLnVcaUvw!2e0!5s20180701T000000!7i13312!8i6656 This one located at Hemlock and Birch Avenue was obliterated when a bike turning loop was installed: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4490692,-75.6627359,3a,75y,131.48h,89.86t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sbR8gjdWHNTyl0uzXRtKglA!2e0!5s20120701T000000!7i13312!8i6656 https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4490677,-75.6627331,3a,75y,131.48h,89.86t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sJ75GyJKfnVJ-57Ip9wet3A!2e0!5s20180701T000000!7i13312!8i6656 And this one at Hemlock and Thornwood Road has been repurposed to become a route 17 stop: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4494593,-75.657271,3a,75y,131.58h,83.17t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sl8sK456lDtJgcQfUX12f-w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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    OC Bus Spottings

    Spotted 6666 on route 265 Beaverbrook at Teron Station at about 6:10 this evening.
  22. This sign on Moodie Drive north of the Queensway shows Regional Road 59 pasted over RR 10: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3442504,-75.8425703,3a,41y,11.88h,83.64t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s-ubnuy8Xm3JXq00N9Fgb-A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 This sign on Carling Avenue east of Rifle Road shows Regional Road 38 pasted over RR 238: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.3486575,-75.8721808,3a,15y,103.33h,89.38t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sA_PqKJVkbGQ64Pg-C_gwVw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 I don't know when these two roads were renumbered, but I don't think either road has used the old numbers since the 1980s.
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    Miscellaneous TTC Discussion & Questions

    Umm, STO, OC Transpo, Kingston Transit, Cornwall Transit, London Transit, Transit Windsor, Greater Sudbury Transit... None of which I'd consider GTA even if it were Mel Lastman talking about what wonderful suburbs they are.
  24. There are old Regional Road 27 signs along Blair Road in both directions. I mention this because the City has been actively removing RR signs inside the Greenbelt since amalgamation in 2001. Montreal Road WB at Blair: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.4463966,-75.6134906,3a,45.3y,318.81h,89.48t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sFjQz8tDPj8vbvuEMUdnS2A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Blair Road SB at Montreal: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.446077,-75.6150512,3a,25.6y,173.87h,86.02t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sb4iTtvSI31Sg9-JMx9c-pA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 Blair Road NB at Ogilvie: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.435511,-75.6090852,3a,38.7y,21.41h,87.08t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTkXbf1giT1IXJfQL7wwrwQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656
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    OC Transpo/STO Mistakes

    The route 42 Blair bus stop on Blair Road north of Innes Road still has a route 121 map in the information box: https://www.google.com/maps/@45.42114,-75.5966525,3a,15y,101.32h,82.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_oL3H3ApY7ujU1ggDeJ8hQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656