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  1. Wasn't council told that a new tunnel and double tracking would cost 60 million? Not pocket change but certainly affordable in terms of benefits. I recall that all councillors were happy with this but none of them willing to do any lobbying to obtain funds Right now am willing to give them some slack the ice must play havoc with the switches and because it's a mainline, as opposed to the Confederation Line, maintenance is hell.
  2. Unconscionable that in this day and age transit is not considered an essential service. However as MCIBUS said OC got rejected so not surprised that STO got routed as well. I suspect that most members of the CIRB are still Harper era appointees who share the same values as those sitting in 2008. Although not sure the new government would change much on that regard. We need to lobby our MP's for legislation on this. STO, OC and Windsor Transit are on their own because of their federal status. Hope it all works out.
  3. I understand your point and partly agree. But what if it would reduce the number of buses required, hence enabling better service within the existing fleet? it would require careful analysis of the O-D inquiries plus OC's data to figure out which stops should receive the express or limited treatment. Presumably it should take less buses if they can run quicker through the route. The question becomes does it reduce the requirement enough that we have the number of buses to do so? not every route could benefit from that but the 118 could be the pilot. The real problem for OC is not the lack of buses but what if it works? Ironically success here would prevent them from building the Baseline BRT as currently conceived. With only two lanes buses can't pass each other. With an express or limited stop service inevitably the express would run into the local. Hence you would need more lanes, but that would increase costs but fundamentally where do you find the space to put the extra lanes? On most of the route I think you can't, not at costs (financial and political) that would be acceptable. Any other route that could benefit from that?
  4. Planned construction? By 2031 is all we have right now. Shouldn't be too bad though regarding inflation but we never know. This project is still in early stages and the costings are more rough estimates. But it shouldn't balloon out of control either. The final number will be much higher that's the way things work on projects like those, it's more a question of refining the costings than inflation . Let's not forget that the plan it's part of is an aspirational plan. More approvals are required. However if both federal and provincial governments cough up, and it looks like they might, phase 1 is almost in the bag. I would say nothing more than a formality, although I wished they would have waited for final approval before making offers to homeowners. 400m that's great spacing and will provide good service, that's encouraging.
  5. I focused on the street crossing as the CBC report made it clear that it was a major problem for some. Which I disagreed it was a problem but that's what was discussed. But didn't think about stop consolidation. Depending on how it goes you could have put your finger on something. However the first phase talks about what 23 stations? With that many it shouldn't be too bad? Phase 1 is supposed to be built by 2031 it's phase 2 from Baseline Station to Bayshore Station that's post 2031. But you are quite right that inflation will matter into the costing.
  6. I watched the CBC report tonight on this project and I don't understand some of the opposition. Weird considering my comments on this thread perhaps. I don't understand why some seniors are concerned about crossing the street. As if they get picked and dropped on the same side of the street. It is inevitable that at one point you have to cross the street to get to the bus or from the bus. But you never get picked on the same side at the curb for both directions. Being in the median will diminish that crossing one way (I will concede that it introduces a crossing they don't have to do at the moment). I have mobility issues so am sympathetic usually but in this case I don't get it. Expropriation that I get most people don't like that. It's normal, But that street crossing of all the things to complain about. If that's the opposition the project should go ahead. The Confederation Line will require lot more walking than this project at least on Baseline it's all flat no going up or down. Am disappointed that the city is considering allowing left turns, that could diminish the benefits of the project. I hope but won't hold my breath that traffic lights and buses will have the equipment for transit priority which would alleviate the left turn issue. 7 minutes time saving is not that much considering the planned costs and we know that costs will go up. I wish the city would come up and fess up that the cost is not all about transit. It's about redoing a major thoroughfare. Only then does the cost begin to be acceptable. And by redoing I don't mean the surface rearranging that this project entails which is minor. If it's truly only about the transit project then the project must be opposed, the 118 needs a higher frequency, 160 million buys a lot of buses and pays a lot of salary. Most passengers would rather have a comfortable ride than being squished and would rather have a bus that respects the schedule (or better switch to headway) than maybe saving 7 minutes. The project by itself doesn't provide that.
  7. Yup that's what am afraid of. Would rather switch to a trunk route with a short local that way we would get better frequency. Things will be better after stage 2 when the locals quickly bring you to your local station, only a few buses at each station. Meanwhile ...
  8. Great idea just wished it was feasible in the east but don't see how it would be possible. Glad they are doing it for those routes in the south-west.
  9. On the run I usually take the driver made sure we notice the new numbers and prepare ourselves which is nice as he won't be driving that route on the next booking which starts on December 25th hence the disconnect between the fares and the new route numbers. I agree with you, there will be so few of us riding those 3 days that am sure it won't be that bad. My colleagues and I are more concerned about buses being swamped by riders who didn't use the expresses but in January with the new fare system might be tempted to switch to connexion routes and even that won't be until the 2nd week of January. That's probably the real issue.
  10. I agree but OCTranspo10 has put its finger on it, it's all about whether the city wants to pay for it. While OC doesn't do a strict private sector profit and loss analysis when it looks at route performance it does take into consideration revenue when deciding what service to provide. This all goes back to politicians being unable to let go of the fiction that because once upon a time private companies provide transit that it might do so again. It's the persistent refusal to accept that transit is a public good like hospitals and schools and roads and therefore should be paid for from general revenue and not be a pseudo commercial operation. That taints their whole thinking. Not blaming OC management they can do only so much with their budget, it's about the province refusing to take its responsibilities as they are the ones with the real revenue tools, the city can only tinker at the margins. This is why when there's a real societal need to ensure maximum transit service (new year eve and day) we just can't and won't.
  11. Kind of makes sense since there's many routes that have yet to change. Was surprised still to see the new numbers on the old flags. I suppose when they are ready to switch the last routes then they will put the new flags
  12. That was for last year's budget. For next year those are the areas that will receive funding.
  13. Fait points. I used to work in the market and work in centretown (still work there). Despite not liking Presto I got one because I was fed up with the 9 in the PM rush which was often cancelled to the point that walking was faster. Saved money that way by not buying a monthly pass. So I get where you are coming from. Wouldnt say downtown is the most affected by detours but indeed there's not a lot of improvements. And that is a symptom of OC desiring to cater to commuters and not being a transit system for all. Still the plan was to cut jobs and service and now we will get service in growth areas which is an improvement of sorts. As more citizens ride the system, more citizens will be inclined to demand better service. Activism is required in Ottawa. Anecdotes for sure but I have more and mor colleagues cancelling their parking as it reaches 200$ a month and so will return to the bus. I was surprised as I always understood the rule of thumb was keep the price under 2 bus passes. Obviously there are cheaper parkings but prices are increasing. The 12 and 118 and a few other routes could use some tlc with higher frequency and capacity for sure.
  14. Even better! Please keep the good news coming!!!
  15. At that page it says 1 or 2 vehicles per train. What I remember from OC officials talking to media was that the plan at peak hours to send trains of 2 vehicles. The video shows one vehicle.