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  1. JCL

    OC Bus Spottings

    Another video I came across via Twitter:
  2. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    OC Transpo General Manager John Manconi was on CFRA's Evan Soloman after 5pm regarding today's announcement that RTG has not met Substantial Completion: http://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra/podcasts/ottawa-now-rtg-has-not-reached-substantial-completion-on-confederation-line-1.9234698?mode=Article (Alternatively, the audio in MP3 format of the entire show's episode is available: http://cloud.autopod.ca/podcasts/chum/222/73317/Ottawa.Now.190515.mp3 --- skip to 36:20)
  3. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    When the original RSA date was November 2, 2018 with a revenue service date of late-November 2018, layoff notices were issued in late-July 2018: https://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/oc-transpo-reduces-planned-layoffs-to-345-when-lrt-starts I stand to be corrected, but I believe most (if not all) those affected by the layoff are still employed by OC at this time. As well, since that article and the delay of the launch of LRT, they have still hired and trained new operators -- in fact there is still a job posting (https://ottawa.ca/cgi-bin/jobs.pl?id=2018-EX-EN-52280178-01, posted from September 14, 2018 to June 28, 2019). And as the delays occur, some of the more "senior" of the junior operators affected by the layoff previously announced will likely be allowed to stay on once LRT opens as hiring continues, and some of the more senior operators retire.
  4. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Correct, there are two sets of bus service/timetables and the associated bus operator work shifts that have already been prepared. The one without LRT (i.e. status quo) is referred to "June 2019 Pre-Rail Booking", and another set with LRT in service is referred to as "June 2019 Post-Rail Booking". As a matter of fact, there are currently two sets of work for this current Booking (the April 2019 Booking).
  5. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    June 23 is a firm start date for the Summer Booking. There are two sets of service schedules (as well as two sets of bus operators shift schedules) prepared by Planning. Once an RSA Date and Opening Date is announced and known, they will transition accordingly.
  6. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    I think the Mayor did say that LRT would be open before July 1st via Twitter response from various people last month: https://twitter.com/JimWatsonOttawa/status/1117476750886342656 https://twitter.com/JimWatsonOttawa/status/1117495779373899777 https://twitter.com/JimWatsonOttawa/status/1121146476329963520 Based on what I've seen in terms of LRT testing, I am doubtful they will achieve a date prior to July 1. Although I can't confirm what I'm about to say, I suspect the City was hoping to have LRT open on Sunday, June 23 (which is also the first day of the Summer Service change/booking). If that was the case, RTG would need to have achieved an RSA date probably by next week at the latest. As far as I know, they have not commenced a 12-consecutive days of testing.
  7. JCL

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    Here they are.
  8. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Not sure if anybody noticed, but they were running a lot of single trains instead of double/coupled trains. Here are my sightings this afternoon: - 1112 - 1133 - 1126 - 1121+1104 - 1113 - 1105 - 1130 - 1114+1132
  9. JCL

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    The following units spotted at City View on Saturday: 4632, 4638 (new), and 4639 (new, and plated). Pictures will be posted if requested. There is also one unit parked on the very far end, which I cannot identify because of the way it was parked.
  10. JCL

    OC Bus Spottings

    Correct!
  11. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    This afternoon, I spent a bit of time watching the LRT testing between east of the future Pimisi Station, and west of West Portal of the Tunnel. Between 2pm and approximately 3:30pm, based on my observations, it seemed like they were simulating some sort of LRT service disruption. Trains were running infrequently between Pimisi and Tunney's Pasture. Eastbound service was running on the westbound track. And finally from afar, the exterior announcement (not sure if it was coming from the train or from the station platform) said that service to Lyon Station instead of Blair Station. After 3:30pm, the trains were running "normally" (i.e. eastbound trains were on the eastbound tracks).
  12. JCL

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    Here they are:
  13. JCL

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    The following units spotted at City View: 4630 (new, and plated), 4631 (plated), 4632 (new), 4634, 4637 (new). Pictures will be posted only if requested.
  14. JCL

    The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    FYI: The next scheduled FEDCO (Finance and Economic Development Committee) Meeting for the monthly Confederation Line Updates has been postponed to May 10 at 9:30am (original scheduled date of the meeting was May 7).
  15. JCL

    2019 Nova LFS Order

    Here they are.
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