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Ottawa LRT
We actually have a whole thread dedicated to this, believe it or not!

http://www.waterlooregionconnected.com/s...hp?tid=288
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I don't understand why it looks like there's overspray between the stripes. That does look terrible, I agree.
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Nice to see the final livery.

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Lazy twitter update:





(...I wouldn't do this if there was an easier way to upload multiple images.)

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Looks like Ottawa is ahead on trains, but we're ahead on stations/infrastructure...
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They have a very long way to go if they're planing on opening next summer!
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Canard, I would say that some of the station infrastructure is a response to the very suburban hub-and-spoke design of Ottawa's transit system. The station at Blair Road is often shown as being a grandiose station, but indeed it needs to be sizable (and the decades-old structure needed redoing even before LRT needed to be fit in). Dozens of routes flowed through that area to bring people to and from the transitway, and since this is the terminus, it effectively needs LRT as well as all the old bus lines which continue Eastward. The site itself is a bit nightmarish for transit users; the nearest homes are half a kilometer of pedestrian-hostility away. If we considered some of the original LRT documents, suggesting that the real region of influence of a station was a 500m radius, this site would have highway and parking lot gobbling up that entire area and then some.

All that is to say that the structures are almost a red herring. The city of Ottawa's LRT system is shiny and new, but at the moment, the organization of the transit system around it, and of city-building in general, is as painfully inadequate as ever. I'm disgusted that what was once a useful stop near my parents' home, with buses every hour or 45 minutes, half hour during peak times, and a peak time express route, all has fallen away to a two bus out, two bus in schedule for weekdays only, and a more than 1km walk to the nearest transit line of any calibre. We complain in Waterloo Region about how our cycling infrastructure is done so piecemeal, that we will have a golden segregated bike setup in UpTown and so few ways to connect smoothly to and from it, but Ottawa is playing that same "shiny shiny look over here" game orders of magnitude more expensive with how they develop their system and city, still very much about the personal automobile.
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Hmm, I guess the grass is always greener on the other side... I was drooling at all the bike infra I saw everywhere as we drove around the city. It seems to change so much every time we visit! I look forward to going back next summer with my bike and spending a day exploring (and riding the LRT, or at least watching it test!)
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