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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Sep 15

Toronto Subway Uploading Takes First Step

By TAO-admin | Latest News , Ontario , Urban Transit

One of Premier Ford’s signature campaign promises was to upload responsibility for existing and new subway infrastructure from the City of Toronto. Day-to-day operation and proceeds of fare revenue would remain with the City. (See earlier posts on this website for details and analysis of all transportation campaign promises). In September, the Province took the […] Source: TAO

Nov 06

Ottawa Light Rail Project Now Really Visible

By admin | 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

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