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  • They were fiscally conservative in the way that elements of the Metro line should have been built differently (grade separation) which would have helped in its speed effectiveness. Also if they had simply spent more money to update the entire signalling system instead of trying to merge two incompatible systems we wouldn't have had to sit here for years after the line opened as they kept playing around with the system.

    Yes they did spend quite a bit of money, but if they spent a bit more they could have gotten things right the first time.
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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    • They spent a ridiculous amount of money and there is nothing good to say about the Metro line at all.

      It even is a poor trunk route for the St. Albert line that is slow, too many curves, low frequency and low capacity for any extension.
      Last edited by Edmonton PRT; 15-09-2019, 03:00 AM.
      Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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      • Originally posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
        You just have to look at the Metro line to see that it is not true. The COE is not fiscally conservative.

        One of the most expensive lines built anywhere that is slow, underutilized and negatively affects the Capital line.
        But the biggest mistake they made, the decision to try to shoe-horn in a new signalling system with the existing one on the Capital line, was indeed made in a penny-wise/pound-foolish sense.

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        • Excellent ROW design on the Confederation Line.

          Still find it odd that Ottawa chose low floor vehicles on a completely grade separated system. Looking at the video posted by Cumberland above, it seems too easy to step on the tracks either intentionally or by accident while waiting for trains. I've always found the extra 0.6 metre drop to track level on high floor systems to be a psychological barrier to stay off the tracks at all times even on a very crowded platform.

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          • Ottawa was blessed with an extensive railway ROW that was created well before Alberta was even a province. Much of it grade separated and used for years for their BRT system than built ridership.
            Advocating a better Edmonton through effective, efficient and economical transit.

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            • So looks like their having some problems.
              LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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              • And to think Edmonton has problems with LRT, in Ottawa they are having issues with their new LRT train fleet.

                'They're not perfectly round:' O-Train wheels to blame for train shortage

                The chair of the city's transit commission said that Rideau Transit Maintenance, the company that maintains the light rail line for the city, has not provided an explanation for why the train's wheels are no longer round.
                about 6 hours ago By: Jason White


                The chair of Ottawa's transit commission says the current shortage of working O-Trains on the Confederation Line is due to the trains' wheels not being round.

                Only eight trains were put into service at the start of Tuesday morning's commute. A ninth train was added after 8 a.m. There are supposed to be 13 trains in service during the peak of the morning commute on the Confederation Line, but multiple trains have been taken offline for maintenance.

                "There [are] flat spots appearing on the wheels, so they're not perfectly round," Councillor Allan Hubley told The Rob Snow Show on 1310 NEWS. "[Rideau Transit Group] has to run these trains through what's called a lathe, that rounds out the wheels again."

                "They're have problems with getting the work done that they were told ahead of time had to be part of the maintenance program," Hubley said.

                Hubley said that Rideau Transit Maintenance, the company that maintains the light rail line for the city, has not provided an explanation for why the train's wheels are no longer round, but he hopes they'll have more details by Thursday
                https://www.ottawamatters.com/local-...ortage-2035392
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