Commuters will be able to take their first light rail trips in the summer of 2001 with the introduction of the Light Rail Pilot Project. Convenient connections to the Transitway and regular bus routes will make light rail an efficient and integrated part of the city's existing transit system.
This is the first step toward city-wide light rail transit. The two-to-four year pilot project creates an opportunity to measure per-formance, costs and rider response to this new transit option. The results of the project will help determine whether larger scale implementation of light rail transit will occur.
Passengers will be whisked along on state-of-the-art diesel-powered train. Each train is made up of three low-floor cars that offer easy access for everyone.
|Model||Talent BR643 DMU|
|Delivery||First quarter 2001|
|Capacity||135 seated and 150 standing|
|Top Speed||120 km/hr|
The stations will be constructed to standards in keeping with a pilot project. Albeit modest, they will be safe and fully accessi-ble, and can be upgraded if the project becomes permanent. The stations at Greenboro and Bayview will be integrated into the adjacent Transitway Stations. All five train stations will provide access to the Transitway and regular bus routes.
Greenboro, at the southern end, is integrated with the existing Greenboro Transitway Station and Park & Ride and located beside South Keys shopping centre.
Confederation, near Heron and Bronson with convenient access to Canada Post, Confederation Heights employment area and Vincent Massey Park.
Garleton, serving Carleton University campus.
Carling, just west of Preston Street, serving Dow's Lake recreation facilities, Preston Street businesses and Carling Avenue crosstown bus routes.
Bayview, the northern terminus at Scott Street near LeBreton Flats, where a new Transitway Station will provide a convenient train-bus link.
The new stations will be fairly basic with the following amenities:
- paved and illuminated pathways
- elevator at Carling Station
- unheated shelters
- map and schedule information cases
- public and emergency telephones
The train will run on the existing CPR Ellwood line between Greenboro in the south and Bayview in the north.
|Expected Ridership||Up to 6,400 passengers daily|
|Monday to Friday||06:00-06:30||30 min.|
|Sundays and holidays||07:30-23:00||30 min.|
The trains will be stored and maintained in a refurbished train maintenance building at the Walkley Yards. Bombardier Inc. will service the vehicles for the period of the pilot project.
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