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    Ottawa | LeBreton Arena | Populous

    There really aren't any city blocks between Elgin and Bronson that are wide enough for an arena. Well, if you tore down the eight buildings behind the Lord Elgin, you could jam something the size of Maple Leaf Gardens in that block. Or just possibly at Bay/Slater/Bronson/Laurier, but that's at...
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    Ottawa | New Ottawa Civic Hospital | The Ottawa Hospital | HDR

    Here's a picture I took at Halloween. Heavy equipment digging up the bedrock perhaps 15 meters from the rail ROW, yet not widening it. Frustrating.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I said it was an optimistic guess. Its basis was guesswork. And some experience of how Amilcar does things. ARG1 may be correct about them practicing different scenarios. They may also be practicing different headways. They have said that trains will run 12 minutes at all hours, but the...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    My optimistic guess is she is 95 % sure they can open in June and wants to underpromise then overdeliver rather than the contrary.
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    Ottawa | LeBreton Arena | Populous

    Arts? I'm not aware of any arts establishment contemplating to Lebreton. There's no chance a significant performing arts branch is moving it's operation there, and the National and Ottawa galleries aren't either. If the arena isn't built on the flats, zilch. If it were built at Bayview, you...
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    Toronto Toronto | Therme Spa/West Island at Ontario Place | 45.15m | 9s | Therme Group | Diamond Schmitt

    We see why Thug brought paper bags back. We'll need them. :>(==@
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    Toronto Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    That's a good question. Is it activated by the presence of a vehicle, or just set to go green all the time? Or malfunctioning? I drove in LA for a few years and noticed several intersections at roads comparable in size to Eglinton or Sheppard where the lights responded in different and complex...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Does the length of a turnout indicate whether the geometry allows for high speeds? I'm curious about the turnouts on the new section of the Trillium line in Ottawa. They are about 100 meters in length and not near the stations, so one hopes they will allow for 80 kph turnouts. (Yes, Ottawa...
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    General railway discussions

    You've hit the nail on the head. We vote for lower taxes, and sit in astonishment as the health care system that was part of our national identity 10 years ago - along with our transportation system - collapses to third world standards in front of our eyes. I'll use my LCBO paper bag to barf...
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    Ottawa | LeBreton Arena | Populous

    C I completely disagree. Bayview is further from downtown Ottawa, further from the existing restaurant zones in China Town and on Preston, has less access to mass transit, and is essentially hidden away. Rather than helping LeBreton Flats become an extension of downtown, it's another...
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    Artefact on Argyle | 38m | 12s | Colonnade BridgePort | RLA

    You're correct. It's plainly marked on the drawings filed with the city, which I failed to read carefully. They're shooting for something similar in colour to the museum. Some manufacturers I found online show ochre/buff samples with a mix of shades rather than a uniform colour, which seems to...
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    Sheppard Line 4 Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Since this discussion is going in a loop, I'll repeat the "what about" concerning the huge and difficult to repurpose empty section of the rail yard located to the north-east.
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    Maps, Satellite, and Streetview

    Bing Maps has a fairly crude update of the street map, but the imagery is much newer, with the road and library under construction, probably last September or so. Their satellite views in general are much more recent and useful.
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    Artefact on Argyle | 38m | 12s | Colonnade BridgePort | RLA

    Is it brick? In the renderings it looks more like a stone facade, whether real or pre-cast. The documents just refer to "masonry."
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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    I don't know what hybrid car bit KeithZ, but mine didn't cost a lot, gets 3.7 lp100k real-world on some trips, has never had a mechanical fault, and will go nearly 1000k on a tank. They are a good bridge to the all-electric era that's coming, but for which North America is not ready.
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    Toronto Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    We were promised fast trains years ago too. That's a bigger disappointment.
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    Toronto Toronto | Ontario Line: Osgoode Station | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | HDR

    Pedestrians will certainly have several minutes to enjoy the spectacle while trekking from the surface to the OL platform.:)
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    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413

    I think I just heard Thug say on the radio, almost literally, No we won't increase density in residential areas, we'll sprawl our way out of this. Yikes.
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    In no way will it be necessary. The talk about rebuilding two kilometres of "tight curves" is nonsense. The tightest curves on the main line are in about 120 metres. Someone had better tell Seattle, LA and San Diego, for example, to immediately rebuild their systems since they all have curve...

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