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City Moves On Fallowfield Rail Crossing

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

Mayor, City Councillors and Citizen Transit Commissioners,

The purpose of this e-mail is to provide the results of the detailed operational and human factors study of the Fallowfield Road at-grade rail crossing outlined in my November 21, 2014, Memo to Council (attached for reference).

Staff received the study dated March 31, 2015, from the expert agency Human Factors North Inc., and undertook its due diligence with respect to the report’s recommendations, and is taking steps to implement the recommendations.

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OC Transpo Memorial Park Concept Revealed

This is a release from the City of Ottawa on plans for OC Transpo Memorial Park at Fallowfield Transitway and railroad station:

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Hintonburg’s Detoured Bus Woes

Community activist Karen Large discussed on Facebook how some neighbourhoods are treated differently by the City of Ottawa.

She is referring to The Bulldog post, “What Rockcliffe Wouldn’t Tolerate.”

The evidence is below:

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What Rockcliffe Wouldn’t Tolerate

The video above shows a crush of OC Transpo buses along Scott Street.

Just to take the ideas a little further from the post: Broken Hydro Pole Wouldn’t Play In Rockcliffe, here’s something to ponder.

Would the following things be considered for Rockcliffe?

1. A 55-storey condo;

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Surprise! Parking Problems At Lansdowne

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A tunnel from the Transitway under the Rideau Canal and river might help access problems to Lansdowne Park.

Who knew?

Did anyone see this coming?

Well just about anyone with a fleeting interest in municipal issues.

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“Transit won’t trip up baseball”

– headline from Ottawa Sun

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Stand Up For Scott Street

oc transpoThis is a comment from Bulldog reader Scott Albert on the detour of the Transitway down Scott Street:

Promised baseline testing before the work starts for air, noise and vibration have not occurred (to be the best of my knowledge) as promised.

Rideau Transit Group did a small test on the weekend. At a time when cities such as Paris and London prepare to remove all diesel vehicles from their downtown due to terrible health affects from the pollution, Ottawa instead puts our health and property in question by moving the entire Transitway metres from our homes.

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Now Where Are The Scott Street Folks?

One wonders if the residents of Scott Street are being invited to the meeting.

Doubt it. Colonel By Room is pretty small.

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

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Susan Jones New Acting Deputy City Manager

This is a City of Ottawa internal document:

Date: 10 April 2015

The purpose of this memorandum is to advise Members of Council that Susan Jones has been appointed as the Acting Deputy City Manager of City Operations, effective April 24, 2015.

I also wish to advise Members of Council that concurrent with this appointment, Transit Services will no longer fall within the City Operations portfolio. John Manconi, General Manager of Transit Services will report directly to me.

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Don’t Give Up, John Manconi

WHOPPERWATCH“You learn and grow from your mistakes and issues and I believe what customers don’t want to see organizations do is give up,” said OC Transpo general manager John Manconi last week.

Give up?

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OC Transpo Reduces March Break Sked

This is a release from the City of Ottawa:

OC Transpo will operate a reduced weekday schedule during the March Break (March 16 to 20) when schools are closed.

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City To Get Tough On E-Cigarettes

This is a release from city clerk and solicitor Rick O’Connor:

Mayor Watson, Chair Blais, Councillors and Members of the Transit Commission,

I am writing in respect of recent media reports regarding the use of e-cigarettes and “vaping” on OC Transpo buses and other City property.

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Take O-Train Woes Seriously

oc transpoThis is a comment from the great Sheridan who takes on the problems with the O-Train last week:

OC Transpo general manager John Manconi gave a detailed report of the problems, especially the issue about plastic clips causing a shorting problem. However, most of his talk was PR spin about how OC Transpo improves service from these lessons and how there are never guarantees that things will always work perfectly: “Will we have interruptions in the future? Absolutely, I cannot guarantee you we will not.”

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Who Won, Who Lost On LRT

The National Capital Commission set down two conditions for allowing light rail to use the Macdonald Parkway.

One, the line could not impede access to the Ottawa River shoreline.

Two, the line had to have minimal visual impact on the park space.

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Blais Gets O-Train Woes Wrong

WHOPPERWATCHThe situation with the O-Train has become much more serious than this quote by transit commission chairman Stephen Blais would have you believe:

“Just like when you buy a brand new house, you move in, you expect everything to be perfect and every once and a while there’s a couple things that aren’t exactly the way they are supposed to be. Our staff fixed them very quickly.”

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City PR Ignores O-Train Start Up Fiasco

WHOPPERWATCHSo today’s launch of the expanded O-Train and its nice new shiny cars was but a small fiasco.

The line was shut down because of a malfunctioning switch so the great ceremony to kick off the train ended up shipping passengers by bus because the O-Train wasn’t working.

But that’s not how the city communications department saw the opening day of the O-Train.

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