Category Archives for "Urban Transit"

Nov 21

Ontario’s 2018 Fall Economic Statement – Mixed Signals on Transportation

By TAO-admin | Highways & Bridges , Interurban Rail and Bus , Latest News , Northern Ontario , Ontario , Urban Transit

On November 15, Ontario released its 2018 Fall Economic Statement (FES). It is a large document covering all aspects of the Province’s operations. It is likely the most significant statement on the government’s intentions until the provincial budget comes out in Spring, 2019. To date, the government has implemented various tax and fee cuts, including […]
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Oct 06

Public Release of Ministerial Mandate Letters

By TAO-admin | Highways & Bridges , Interurban Rail and Bus , Latest News , Northern Ontario , Ontario , Press Releases and Open Letters , Urban Transit

On October 6, 2018, Transport Action Ontario issued the following letter to Premier Ford, urging public release of the  mandate letters that are sent to all ministries. The letter can be viewed here:  TAO-LettertoFord-mandateletter2018-09 On October 6, 2018, Transport Action Ontario issued the following letter to Premier Ford, urging public release of the  mandate letters […]
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Nov 06

Ottawa Light Rail Project Now Really Visible

By admin | Latest Regional News , Ontario , Urban Transit

OC Transpo Report Photo

OC Transpo Report Photo

The casual resident or visitor to Ottawa will no doubt note the catenary now visible at several locations of the Ottawa Light Rail Transit system under construction. The photo to the left is from the access to Belfast Yard, the shops and maintenance facilities where actual rolling stock is being assembled. This location is closer to the Eastern section of the system. But if you happen to come into town along highway 174 from the East, you will also note, just before the merge and arrival of the St Laurent Shopping Center, the Blair Street station which is the Easternmost end of the 13.5-kilometer line. There you will also see overhead wiring installed and ready for test runs as rolling stock comes off assembly.

While construction has been under way for more than two years now, the work was not highly visible to a casual observer, unless you were inconvenienced by down-town construction locations. But who can miss the poles and wires of the catenary system, a proud symbol of what we are about to get by the spring of 2018.

While about 3.5 kilometers of the system will be underground, physical evidence of the trackage and electric lines will be seen prominently above gound close to Ottawa University, which will also have the last stop, coming from the East, before descending into the underground section of 3.5 kilometers housing the three underground stations of the system.

Submitted by Ben Novak, Transport  Action

Jul 06

Intriguing Agreement between CN and the Province of Ontario

By TAO-admin | Interurban Rail and Bus , Ontario , Urban Transit

The busy CN mainline between Bramalea (Halwest) and Georgetown (Silver) has long been a bottleneck for increasing GO and VIA service to Kitchener and points further west like Stratford and London.  On June 14, Ontario announced that the province has secured an agreement-in-principle with CN that will allow GO Regional Express Rail to be built along the Kitchener GO corridor.  The agreement-in-principle also begins the planning and technical analysis to build a new freight corridor that will allow CN to shift most of its freight traffic from the section of the Kitchener corridor it owns – namely between Bramalea and Georgetown – to the new corridor.  This will free up capacity for more GO and VIA service.  The province also announced funding to help build a multimodal transportation hub in downtown Kitchener and the extension of two morning and two afternoon peak train trips that currently run between Union Station and Georgetown to also serve Kitchener, Guelph and Acton.
The Ontario-CN agreement is very interesting.  It comes on the heels of the “Missing Link” study prepared by 4 municipalities in 2015 to allow increased GO service on both the Kitchener and Milton lines.   (See Ontario Report, November-December, 2015.) This agreement appears to be different, but time will tell.
Jun 25

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan – TAO Comments

By TAO-admin | Interurban Rail and Bus , Letters , Ontario , Urban Transit

 

Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) was released in June, 2016.   TAO has been actively involved, both through the Move the GTHA collaborative and as an individual organization.

 

TAO supports much of the CCAP.  However, we have identified two significant concern areas related to transportation:

  • No consideration was given for increased role of freight intermodal in carbon emission reduction
  • No consideration was given to enhance public transportation outside the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

 

Letters have been written to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on both topics, and can be viewed below:

TAO-CCAP-intermodal2016-06-21

TAO-CCAP-PublicTransp2016-06-23

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