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  1. JCL

    OC Bus Spottings

    8008 on Route 122 Place d'Orleans, run 94-8, at Place d'Orleans Station unloading passengers at 7:43am. The run was pulled from its regularly scheduled assignment to cover the trip on Route 122.
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Media event at Blair Station tomorrow afternoon: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-provide-sneak-peek-o-train-confederation-lines-new-blair-station
  3. JCL

    OC Bus Spottings

    Although Route 104 is not entirely an appropriate route to assign a hybrid bus (because sections of the route travel at a high speed), there are several 104-xx runs that are indeed scheduled to be assigned a hybrid for this booking.
  4. They weren't there during the day - must have been added sometime during the evening leading up to the post-fireworks bus operations.
  5. For anybody who did not go Downtown today, they installed concrete barriers at these following locations for added security measure that had some impact on bus operations: MacKenzie King Bridge at Nicholas Slater/Lyon Albert/Lyon Notabily for MacKenzie King Bridge and Slater/Lyon, the concrete barriers were installed in such a way that required buses to zig-zag left and right before continuing on.
  6. JCL

    OC Bus Spottings

    5034 on Route 94 Millennium, at Lebreton Station at 15:54 8063 on run 86-6, seen on Route 22 Millennium at Lebreton Station at 15:53 - would've been on Route 86 earlier in the day
  7. JCL

    GOA transit news, info etc

    Double deckers were introduced onto Route 99 during the April service change on select trips during the rush hour.
  8. JCL

    Double decker bus order

    A follow-up from my original post from May, having spoken to a contact, these 19 new double decker buses are being purchased to accommodate the need for additional buses required for Stage 2 LRT construction detours in order to maintain service levels. As a matter of fact, there was a report presented to the Finance and Economic Development Committee on February 24, 2017 (which has been approved by Committee and Council). I had actually forgotten the contents of the report until I looked at it again recently,, where it stated the need for additional double deckers: http://app05.ottawa.ca/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=7137&doctype=AGENDA . Go to the PDF link titled "Report - Stage 2 Implementation (EN).docx" and go to PDF Pg 95. I will quote directly from the report for ease of reference:
  9. JCL

    GOA transit news, info etc

    Regarding double decker assignments for the June service change. Here's what to expect: Weekends In terms of scheduled trips, double deckers will continue to be restricted onto Route 6. Weekdays: As many may know, since the Winter Service change, double deckers were expanded to midday trips on Routes 91 and 95. Starting tomorrow, many more double deckers that will remain in service during the middays instead of returning back to the garage. Expect to see many (if not all) midday trips on Routes 6, 11, 12, 61, 94, and 97 - those in addition to Routes 91 and 95. In addition, there are some Industrial runs that are scheduled to be get articulated buses but may be assigned a double decker buses if/when required if the garage is short on buses (these are referred to internally as a "60DD" runs). A few runs with some midday trips on Routes 85, 86, 87, 98, and 99. Personally, I don't have a whole lot of confidence that these runs will actually get double decker regularly. Canada Day: There will be 61 double decker runs out. - Route 6 has 9 runs (506s) - Route 11 has 3 runs (511s) - Route 12 has 5 runs (512s) - Route 61 has 6 runs (561s) - Route 62 has 2 runs (562s) - Route 63 has 2 runs (563s) - Route 85 has 4 runs (585s) - Route 87 has 1 run (587) - Route 95 has 7 runs (595s) - Route 97 has 3 runs (597s) - The remaining 19 runs assigned as 109-extras (500s) to either cover runs on any routes that are late or to do an unscheduled supplement trips, at the discretion of the Supervisor.
  10. JCL

    Invero Light Rebuild Project

    The budgeted request was 80 units. However, the internal information provided a different amount as a final total - 82 units. I'm not entirely sure why the additional two units. While I don't have an explanation of why they are changing the paint scheme, it's pretty clear that LRT is opening later this year (whenever an official date is announced). My guess is that OC Transpo wants to do some rebranding with a fresher new look.
  11. JCL

    Invero Light Rebuild Project

    Time to clear the air now that the word now is out, though realizing what I'm responding to the above posts that I'm quoting is actually off-topic from the discussion of this thread (RE: Invero rebuilds). OC Transpo is indeed getting new Nova LFS. I am confirming that they have joined the Metrolinx Transit Procurement Initiative, along with other Ontario Transit systems for the purchase of these buses. As a result, there have been no tender posting on MERX on 40-foot low floor buses. Information about these new buses were circulated INTERNALLY on May 15 (in which I became aware of a few days later - in which I had chosen not to share this news to this board until there is information that was publically available or announced). Assuming things don't change, the plan is to have 7 units delivered in January 2019, and the remainder delivered between April 2019 and June 2019. As for the paint scheme, the description is that it looks similar to the new Alstom Citadis LRT trains. Bus 4495 is the first bus to receive the new paint scheme (I personally haven't seen it myself).
  12. JCL

    OC Bus Spottings

    Bus 8118 still has the video display screen for the upper-level cameras located above the operator instead being relocated next to the operator's interior rear-view mirror. Saw this afternoon while riding this bus on Route 33 Portobello (run 95-4) this afternoon. I don't know how many double deckers still has the video display screen located at its original position.
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    OC Bus Spottings

    5112 on Route 283 Munster Hamlet, 16:45 trip 8073 on Route 221 Cumberland, at Slater/Metcalfe at 16:29
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    There was a previous Environmental Assessment of extending the Southwest Transitway from Baseline to Barrhaven in the late-1990s. The recommended plan was to construct a tunnel between Knoxdale and Hunt Club.
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    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Jan Harder will be making a request for funding of $600,000 for an EA to extend LRT into Barrhaven: http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/mayor-watson-wants-council-to-spend-money-on-studying-barrhaven-lrt
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