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    OC Transpo, 24 hour service since 2009

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    Autowa, ON
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    My interests are as follows:
    -Operational aspects of a transit system
    -Historical aspects of a transit system
    -Radio Scanning
    -Creating fictional transit systems using historical information
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  1. M.Wright

    Ottawa Double Decker Sightseeing Buses

    Well they definitely had three last summer, not sure about now since now I don't work on Bantree anymore, so I don't go past there as often as I used to. But one was usually always parked at that yard (probably was being used as a spare). This year I haven't paid attention. But I did see 3 Enviro400s (not just double deckers) at that yard at Old Innes last year all at once.
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    Double decker bus order

    The tow truck has been moved since those photos were taken.
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    Ottawa Double Decker Sightseeing Buses

    I've seen 3, and they're garaged on Old Innes, right beside CAPS. They refuel at the Pioneer on Bantree almost every day.
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    How to create a route infobox?

    I realize it's been almost a year since you posted this, but I was the one who created that one for the Ottawa Transitway. Anyway, it was VERY (and I must emphasis VERY) complex to create, and it would be extremely more complex to explain how I did it. But I will say that it took be a lot of researching HTML/wiki codes and trial & error to create it. So if you'd like to do that, go right ahead. But also you could modify the transitway one to your liking. Just use trial & error like I did until you get it right.
  5. Different rules from the US (in regards to emergency exits). Our old rear engined pusher flatnoses used to have a side emergency exit but that was because it was impossible to put a rear exit on them. Now there is no more flatnoses, so that is no longer a concern. As for the amber lights, those are only on the Campeau C2s that they imported from Quebec (which Quebec has amber inner lights on their 8-way systems). They kinda made them legal for Ontario by painting them with red lens coating, but when activated, they still flash amber, which is technically illegal, but that's not my concern.
  6. oh nice!!!!! All those except 217 are definitely ex Ottawa units from my yard to be exact (Bantree). 202 got the nickname Chester, because it shakes violently at idle. It was one of the worst ones. So don't be afraid to continue that nickname there
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    First Student Canada

    That would be me
  8. 244 eh? That's my old bus!!!!! Interesting to see they also took one of our flatnoses (which they told us that no one would take them as no one wanted flatnoses, but I guess Calgary has some, so that makes sense). Also all the flatnoses that had the bold "First Student" logo were Nepean and West Carleton buses, all the Cumberland flatnoses (which all 3 buses you mentioned were Cumberland buses) had the old normal First Student logo on them. So definitely any Thomas EF's you see with the normal First Student logo, please let us know the number of them (as I was never too familiar with Nepean and West Carleton's fleet). It's funny, when the Calgary First Student guys were checking out a bus beside mine during my morning circle check, I mentioned 244 was a rather good one (since he told me they were only looking at the Nova Scotia buses), so I guess that made him check out that particular bus. Which makes sense since they called the driver (who parked at home) and asked if he could come in because someone wants to check out that bus. What's also interesting is those two Nova Scotia's you spotted (244 was used as a spare at the end of last year), when 230 broke down on one of our driver's, 244 was his spare. Also as for our charter market in Ottawa, yes it is big, especially for non-school trips. First Student when we were doing charters, had the Department of National Defence contract (which you may wonder, what would they possibly need a school bus for?). Well the DND charters mainly consisted of cadet trips and other miscellaneous stuff that I am not able to talk about. But I can tell you DND gave us PLENTY of charter work. I haven't heard who got it yet, but I did hear a rumour that Roxborough got it. But DND alone would be enough to justify First Student staying in Ottawa.
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    STO bus spottings

    0702 is still a hybrid, I spotted it while at the STO garage this week.
  10. That'll be nice (for the charter division). But that's very interesting that First Student is only willing to lease out that yard, since they own it 100%, and they were willing to sell it to Voyageur (as they offered both Moodie and Carp for sale to Voyageur, but Voyageur took Carp). But then again, the same person who was running First Student Cumberland is now running Voyageur, so go figure. But I am starting to get the feeling that First Student's presence in Ottawa will not be coming to an end, since maybe First Student will also stick around like Stock did and maybe just do charters (not that they would be very successful imo). We were told that they wouldn't stick around, but also when Stock lost their routes to Campeau and Roxborough, Stock was saying they weren't going to stick around, but they ended up doing so anyway for charters. But it would make sense as Moodie has been the only branch that I've heard action on their radio (since I own a radio scanner) since our "termination date", which it sounds like drivers who were doing charters.
  11. Yeah apparently most of Cumberland's FS-65s are supposed to be brought out to Alberta (which those things were garbage anyway). Also I spotted 3 of our former buses in Toronto when I visited there last week. One of them in the Scarborough yard, one of them in the King City yard. I also spotted one of the former uOttawa buses in the Scarborough yard parked next to the former Cumberland bus that I spotted in the yard. (Which the uOttawa buses were operated by First Student Nepean, aka Moodie) Anyway, I did my rounds today to see how the First Student yards are doing, Bantree and Trim are completely empty (and they've removed the fuel tank at Trim, since last thing I heard, that yard was supposed to be developed, since the land it's sitting on is very valuable now that it's surrounded by suburban development), Jamie is still a Voyageur yard, and West Carleton (aka Carp) is now officially the home of Voyaguer. Their yard is full of brand new 2016 IC's. Nepean's yard (Moodie Drive) is right now the only yard left with buses remaining, and I noticed they have most of our Cumberland buses, as they got our two large wheelchair Corbeil buses sitting there (which were supposed to be retired two years ago, but they kept messing up the replacement bus order and they were 14 years old so they're definitely going to be retired now). Those are definitely the last remaining pieces of First Student in Ottawa is right now at Moodie. Also one interesting bus I noticed is a 2004 Corbeil sitting at Moodie Drive, which is very interesting since none of the First Student branches in Ottawa (except Cumberland's two large wheelchair Corbeil's) had any Corbeil's. As OSTA prohibits the use of "low visibility buses" (which Corbeil's fell under that classification). Only "high visibility buses" may be used, which consist of "sloped hood, stub-nose, or flatnose". So that 2004 Corbeil must have came from somewhere else, as it definitely was not an Ottawa bus originally, which leads me to believe that Moodie Drive will be used by First Student to store buses for Eastern Ontario.
  12. Oh nice!!!! Yeah they haven't sent me any emails yet except one to tell me that they haven't forgotten to schedule me for an interview, despite obviously you and two other people I know having gotten interviews. I already have my Z endorsement from when I first tried to get on with OC, so I'm all set in that department! And that definitely would be nice pay being a charter driver at Campeau!
  13. I might be starting at OC too, that is also why I am considering going spare, since I'm not going to rely on the fact I might be joining on OC, so just in case, I'd rather play it safe and go by the assumption that I am not going to be joining OC anytime soon.
  14. Oh nice! Glad to see a fellow Ottawa School Bus Driver is on here Ah ok! Well I guess it's up in the air what type of bus the two large wheelchair buses will be then! I know the two drivers who will be driving those large wheelchair buses (since they're ex-First Student drivers), and I think they'd definitely have a preference towards ICs. And glad you could shed some light on that rumour for Moodie Yard, as it was one of those large wheelchair bus drivers who told me about it. I did some Campeau buses entering/exiting Carleton University though during the last redblacks game. As when 417 did it, they were also running shuttles from Carleton. I live right outside of Carleton so it's not like it's too hard for me to see these things. I wasn't aware of that Snelgrove purchase! Though unfortunately those routes next year (with the OSTA routes that Snelgrove had) will be going up for RFP. As just because they were purchased by Campeau, doesn't mean they will be safe next year. And most likely Campeau will be gaining french board routes in the west end since I know First Student Nepean and West Carleton both had routes with the french boards. Given that Campeau was basically First Student's only competition in the west end for the french board, I can see Campeau benefiting from that loss. And that after prom stuff sounds like stuff that originally First Student used to do prior to us slowly losing charter customers before our complete shutdown. It's funny, I'm actually planning to apply to Campeau as a spare driver. But Judy told me she had enough former First Student drivers that I can only be a spare driver (because one can never have enough spare drivers). I was a spare driver at First Student because I was able to get a nice 2012 Thomas C2 with only half a year seniority (since First Student was seniority based). That and I actually made more money since the pay at First was by route, rather than by hour. So as a result, I had to cover some of the really high paying routes, that someone with my low seniority wouldn't be able to touch otherwise. After that, I liked being a spare since I liked the element of surprise that I'd get every morning, so I decided that wherever I end up, I will be a spare driver. I prefer driving the downtown school routes, and Campeau got all the downtown OSTA schools (except Immaculata), so that is how I made my decision. Being a spare, I think I may end up having to do some french board routes during my time. Yup! That Moodie Yard has no interest as far as being purchased, so First Student is using it to store most of the remaining buses in Ottawa until they're all picked up (since it's the receiving branches that are doing the pickups).
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Going back to your Cyrville point, I'm going to show you this rendering of the station taken from http://www.ligneconfederationline.ca/the-build/cyrville/gallery/# You were mentioning in your first post how it would be complex because you would have to raise the platforms (if they were to have raised platforms like Calgary and Edmonton), move elevators and escalators. Well need I say that because Cyrville as shown in this rendering is being converted to a center-platform, they will have to relocate the elevators anyway. There wasn't much to Cyrville before when it was a transitway station, so it's hard to say that it will remain structurally the same, because there wasn't much of a structure to begin with. The only real structure that was there other than the elevators and stairs was the Cyrville Road overpass, which I wouldn't exactly consider that a Transitway structure considering it's main purpose is to carry the traffic of Cyrville Road. So Cyrville, as it was, is completely gone since the two elevators will be rendered useless by the fact it will no longer have side platforms. As for Campus, yes the station will generally remain the same, but the platforms still won't remain the same. They still will have to be raised to meet accessibility requirements, as will all the other stations that will "remain the same". But they will have to do a fair bit of modifications to Campus Station due to the fact we will have turnstiles, something that the original Transitway Station was not designed for. Now if we were to consider the stations that would remain the same for Stage 2 of the LRT project. In the east, the alignment and stations would be 100% brand new, so we can't even consider that section. So lets skip that and go to the west. In the west, we will have Westboro that will remain the same, but past that, Dominion, Cleary, New Orchard, will essentially be new stations, which will bring us to Lincoln Fields. Lincoln Fields is going to be completely redone and converted to a center-platform. So not much (if any) of the existing station is going to be able to be reused for that station. Now we branch off towards Bayshore, which will bring us to the new Queensview Station, as well as the new Pinecrest Station (as the existing platforms won't be used, since there isn't much to the existing Pinecrest Station anyway). Bayshore will be one of the stations that won't require major modifications, but that will be the end of the Bayshore Spur, until the line gets further extended towards Kanata. Now lets return back to Lincoln Fields, and now we'll be going towards Baseline. Queensway Station is going to be decommissioned in it's entirety, which brings us to Iris Station. Iris is going to be a brand new station with Iris Street grade-separated, and Iris Street will be raised, whereas the LRT corridor will be lowered. Now that brings us to the final station on the west extension which is Baseline Station. Even though the tunnel exists, the station doesn't. But it will be a center-platform station, which will mean it too, will essentially be a new station, because the original plan for that tunnel was to be a temporary transitway tunnel until the LRT is extended west. Now for the Trillium Line part of Stage 2, from the looks of the plan, and given that we just got brand new trains for it, it will remain as a Diesel operated train into the foreseen future. Given that it will be a different technology and already has raised platforms, we will skip discussing that. So in total, if you want to include Campus Station as a non-modified station, we have Bayshore, Westboro, Tunney's Pasture, Campus, Lees, and St. Laurent as stations that wouldn't require major modifications. However for modified/new stations, we got Baseline, Iris, Pinecrest, Queensview, Lincoln Fields, New Orchard, Cleary, Dominion, Lebreton (Pimisi), Lyon, Parliament, Rideau, Hurdman, Train (Tremblay), Cyrville, Blair, St. Joseph, Jeanne d'Arc, Prom d'Orleans (Orleans Blvd), and finally Place d'Orleans. So that's 6 stations not requiring major modifications, but that's 20 stations that will require major modifications. That's nearly 75% of the stations requiring major modifications. This is all in regards to your post regarding the movement of elevators and such. Now back to my original point. I was saying it'd be easier to convert it to a light metro in the future, had we gone with a system design like Edmonton's, or Calgary's. Given that 75% of our stations will be majorly modified/brand new, the argument of the fact that we can reuse existing transitway infrastructure by keeping the platforms low floor, isn't exactly valid. This is again why I think we should have gone with raised platforms from the beginning, considering we will have to modify the vast majority of the platforms during the course of this construction project, and if we were to convert it to a light metro eventually, it'd be a lot easier than having to modify the platforms later, after all the new elevators and equipment is in place.