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Apparently, there were charges related to the February crash.

http://www.canada.com/story_print.html?id=6237033&sponsor=

A blog also mentions about a possible lawsuit against the city and OC Transpo. But the source is much less credible obviously.

http://ottawa.openfile.ca/blog/curator-blog/curated-news/2012/oc-transpo-crash-may-end-court

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The transitway has been reduced to one lane east of Cyrville Stn to repair a sinkhole.

Repairs were in progress around 6pm. The Supervisors from Hurdman were directing traffic.

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Found this in todays 24 paper .

CAPITAL SIGNALS FOR TRANSIT MERGER

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OC TRANSPO › The National Capital Commission is set to release a study on the possibility of merging Ottawa and Gatineau transit. The NCC said it hopes to find ways to better integrate the two transit authorities that serve some 60,000 riders on a daily basis. Ottawa and Gatineau are one step closer to having a streamlined transit system catering to both cities.

The NCC is putting the final touches on a study that proposes “sustainable, seamless and interconnected transit” serving all of the National Capital Region. The study, co- funded by the NCC, the STO ( Societe de transport de l’outaouais) and the City of Ottawa, hopes to find ways to promote ridership by increasing connections and transfers, and mingling the services of OC Transpo and STO.

The area in question is about 10 square kilometers and serves 60,000 commuters on a daily basis, according to the study’s website.

The final report should be released by June and recommends long-term transit solutions up to 2031.

“I think the study was well done and there’ll be some great long- term recommendations,” said NCC CEO Marie Lemay.

The report has been delayed slightly, but Lemay said it’s due to the complexity of the situation, where they’re examining two different cities with divergent jurisdictions.

“By better integrating interprovincial transit services, riders will be better served and ridership will increase,” the report indicates.

However, the goal isn’t simply to find transit solutions. It’s about improving the quality of life of both commuters and non-commuters.

“An integrated transit service will have a beneficial ripple effect on the downtown cores’ character, leading to a more vibrant and prosperous core area,” the report states.

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Doors Open Ottawa June 2nd 2012

Industrial Garage (745 Industrial Ave. Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m./ Sun. CLOSED)

and Walkly Yard (Same Hours as Industrial Garage) is on the list for this year

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STO to test their Nova LFS Articulated bus on Route 67 on May 16-18 at three specific trips from Ottawa.

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On May 16 and 18, operational tests will be done with an articulated bus on route 67.  Trips starting at 7 h 05, 8 h 04 and 9 h 05 p.m. from Ottawa will be offered, exceptionally, with an articulated bus.

I beleive the correct times should read 17:05 18:04 and 19:05 from Ottawa i will confirm this later.

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On May 16 and 18, operational tests will be done with an articulated bus on route 67. Trips starting at 7 h 05, 8 h 04 and 9 h 05 p.m. from Ottawa will be offered, exceptionally, with an articulated bus.

I beleive the correct times should read 17:05 18:04 and 19:05 from Ottawa i will confirm this later.

A picture of STO 1201 was taken by board member "Steve": http://www.flickr.com/photos/ottawabusgallery/7212843724/

Judging by the sun angle of the picture, it looks like it was taken in the late-afternoon/early-evening.

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Les Promenades is not designed to handle artics....what is the STO planning on doing to accommodate them?

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A picture of STO 1201 was taken by board member "Steve": http://www.flickr.co...ery/7212843724/

Judging by the sun angle of the picture, it looks like it was taken in the late-afternoon/early-evening.

Yes! This was the 19h05 trip.

Also noticed that there was an STO supervisor's car right in front of the bus. Not sure if it was escorting the bus or if it was just there by coincidence.

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Les Promenades is not designed to handle artics....what is the STO planning on doing to accommodate them?

When STO was demoing 40881 in 2008, it appeared to have no problems navigating Les Promenades, as it too operated on route 77 (which is a longer version of route 67).

However if your referring to platform length, which I think you are, I have no idea what STO plans to do about that, but OC originally had platforms set up similar to how they are set up at Les Promenades (with bus bays and such). But after 1985 when the Ikarus's started arriving, since the 21 GM Artics weren't too much of a problem since they weren't frequent enough, but upon the Ikarus's arrival, that is when OC started removing the Bus Bay's to make more efficient use of platform space, due to the varying length of buses.

Source: I have read a report on the removal of bus bays at the transitway stations.

But my conclusion is they might follow a similar approach as OC Transpo did, seeing as STO follows OC when it comes to most stuff (such as destination sign format, among other things), which means they probably won't do anything about Les Promenades until they get more artics, and the plan is to eventually run then on the Rapibus, which as far as I know, is not expected to enter Les Promenades. So for the few runs that operate to Les Promenades, they will probably just not worry about it.

However this is just a theory based on my own observations and past history.

But also if I remember correctly from the 40881 trial, it did fit full length in the 67/77 bus bays. Seeing as those are the only two routes that serve Les Promenades that really require an artic, it should be fine for now.

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OC Transpo to crack down on idling buses to cut waste

. . .Diesel is the lifeblood of the transit system, though, and efforts to conserve it touch on practically everything OC Transpo does, from planning routes to maintaining buses to trying to manage the behaviour of drivers - with whom managers have had a difficult relationship.

The transit service was $750,000 over its budget in the first quarter, with fuel accounting for $400,000 of that overrun. The situation is actually slightly worse than that: a report to the commission says consumption for the quarter was more like $500,000 over the $10.4-million diesel budget, but OC Transpo lucked out a bit with prices that were slightly lower than forecast.

OC Transpo also has the advantage of a relatively new fleet of buses. "A new fleet generally means you're consuming at reasonable rates," Manconi told transit commissioners. The bad news is the situation is sure to get worse as the city's hundreds of recently purchased buses age.

One thing to try is turning off buses when they're not in use. In cold weather, older diesel engines often needed to be left running - even overnight - in case they couldn't be started again, but that's less often the case now. It may even make sense to assign workers at night to turn off the engines of buses growling away in the dark of a night that's not as cold as forecast, Manconi said.

Bus drivers also need to turn off buses if they have pauses between runs, Manconi said, unless there's a specific good reason to do otherwise. . .

An additional challenge is trying to make the most of OC Transpo's hybrid buses, which have saved fuel but not nearly as much as they were supposed to. They're too often put on routes that don't take advantage of diesel-and-electric engines' strong point, which is dealing with a lot of stopping and starting.

That's partly a consequence of tight "interlining" - the practice of having one bus change routes repeatedly in the course of a day, depending where it's needed. Manconi's predecessor Alain Mercier favoured it as a way of minimizing the number of buses (and expensive drivers) on the street, but interlining makes it hard to keep hybrids on hybrid-friendly routes. It also contributes to more "deadheading," when an empty, out-of-service bus gets driven from the end of one route to the start of another in a different place.

Both are being reviewed by a joint committee of managers and union members, Manconi promised, whose mission is to improve service and conditions for drivers while sticking to OC Transpo's budget.

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I wish management success in this endeavor. Lets cut waste--especially wasteful carbon emissions.

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Is the STO artic actual STO property or a trial that was done up in the STO colours?

I'm going to try to ride it today.

Its owned by the Sto

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So it is in regular revenue service on a daily basis and not just the odd trip here and there? Perfect.

After 10 years of D60LFs, it's nice to ride something different.

Although I do miss alot the great Orion Ikarus. The sound, the smell....

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So it is in regular revenue service on a daily basis and not just the odd trip here and there? Perfect.

After 10 years of D60LFs, it's nice to ride something different.

Although I do miss alot the great Orion Ikarus. The sound, the smell....

The tripppers today is only for a in service operation trial (3 one way trips )

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6414, 6422, 6431 and 6464 are to be wrapped for Presto.

All green, trailer only.

So far i've seen 6431 and 6464 out

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Doors Open Ottawa June 2nd 2012

Industrial Garage (745 Industrial Ave. Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m./ Sun. CLOSED)

and Walkly Yard (Same Hours as Industrial Garage) is on the list for this year

This years Doors open Ottawa will include a Free shuttle to most locations in the downtown core running on a one way counter clockwise loop. (I'll add the route map later)

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