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Ottawa rapid transit network trains will be low-floor electric light rail

November 19, 2009

Ottawa, Canada

Ottawa rapid transit network trains will be low-floor electric light rail, powered by overhead wires that will be automated along the Transitway, but manually operated at street level.

With little ceremony yesterday, the city’s transit committee unanimously approved the technology that will someday form the main line of the city’s rapid transit network.

A single type of car will be used for each section of the completed network, rather than a mixed fleet with small trains serving lower capacity routes.

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– Ottawa ‘Sticking with LRT’: City staff

November 2, 2009

ED. Yet another city rejects heavy rail (unlike Vancouver)

Nepean This Week

By Jennifer McIntosh

City staff recommended the use of electric light rail as the technology choice for Ottawa’s rapid transit plan in a report tabled at a transit committee meeting on Oct. 21.

In a preview of an open house that was scheduled for Oct. 26, where the public was allowed to ask questions of City staff about technology choices and the downtown transit tunnel, deputy City manager Nancy Schepers outlined the reasons for the staff choice.

“It was quite a debate between staff between light metro or light rail and we really put our recommendations to the test,” she said.

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– Ottawa city Staff Recommends LRT – not heavy rail

October 28, 2009

ED. Another example of how cities are rejecting heavy rail SkyTrain technology.

CFRA.com

Josh Pringle

City Staff are reportedly choosing Light Rail Transit technology for Ottawa’s Rapid Transit Network.

The Transit Committee will receive the “Rail System Selection Report” this morning, which will outline the preferred technology for the multi-billion dollar transit system.

The Ottawa Sun and Ottawa Citizen both report the report will recommend the city proceed with building Light Rail Transit technology for the plan.

Staff say LRT is the best option when looking at the future design of neighbourhoods and the transit system.

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– Ottawa LRT cost jumps to $2.1B

October 25, 2009

ED. If Ottawa would get it’s head out of the 18th Century and use advanced technology like PRT instead the project would 1/3 of the cost. The city staffers are constantly having to ask others (suppliers of the rail systems and developers) how much they should budget, so of course costs are rising dramatically!  Unfortunately the staffers are leaving the major decisions to others because there’s no expertise on staff…. giving suppliers a blank cheque.

OTTAWA

Controversy grows as municipal election year looms

The first section of Ottawa’s new rapid transit line will cost hundreds of millions more taxpayers’ money than previously estimated.

Light rail between Blair Road and Tunney’s Pasture, including a three-kilometre downtown tunnel, will cost $2.1 billion, city staff estimated Friday. That’s $400 million more taxpayers’ money than their December 2008 estimate and $300 million more than the estimate in the city’s recent funding request to the federal and provincial governments for more taxpayers’ money.

Nevertheless, staff calculated the city’s taxpayers can shoulder its one-third share of the cost. The provincial and federal governments are expected to split the remaining two-thirds with more taxpayer’ money.

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– Council’s victory is gain for bus union

October 17, 2009

The Ottawa Citizen

By Randall Denley

Despite last week’s brief victory in the OC Transpo labour dispute, Ottawa city councillors will be the losers in the long term, and so will the public. While the Amalgamated Transit Union lost some of the substantive issues resolved by an arbitrator, it was just a setback in the long guerrilla war between this union and the city.

Despite its failure to retain absurd provisions governing shift schedules, the union now has councillors just where it wants them going into the next contract negotiation. That is, in the fetal position. There is no way this council will even consider taking a tough enough line to risk a strike. Union members know it, too. That’s why they refused to give up the right to strike despite their leadership’s recommendation that future disputes be settled by binding arbitration.

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– Ottawa transit strike issues finally settled

October 10, 2009

CBC News

OTTAWA

The issues that led to a 53-day transit strike in Ottawa last winter have finally been settled by an arbitrator — resulting in a three-year contract, scheduling changes and retroactive raises.

The city said Friday the decision means the “employer can set operators’ schedules, like other major North American transit providers.”

Scheduling had been the main issue behind the strike by 2,200 OC Transpo drivers, dispatchers and maintenance workers represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 279. The employees said a new way of scheduling proposed by the city would take away their ability to balance their work and family lives.

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– Light rail lawsuit discussion behind closed doors

October 9, 2009

Ottawa Sun

By DEREK PUDDICOMBE, City Hall Bureau

OTTAWA – City council is ready to offer $36.7 million to settle its outstanding $217-million lawsuit stemming from the north-south light rail plan that was cancelled in 2007.

Councillors and the city solicitor remained silent about the deal after a five-hour closed-door briefing ended Wednesday afternoon.

“I can’t discuss a matter before the court,” said city solicitor Rick O’Connor.

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