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  • OC Transpo special constables to spend more time walking beats

    OC Transpo special constables will be spending less time in their patrol cars and more time walking the system, starting in January.

    The Walk and Ride program was announced during the Transit Commission's meeting on Wednesday.

    "It's about visibility out in the system, and they'll be part of the experience with the customers," said OC Transpo general manager John Manconi.

    There are 48 OC Transpo special constables and 12 fare inspectors who patrol the system on a rotating basis.

    At least one platoon of special constables will ride the buses and walk around Transitway stations. Starting in May, they'll ride bikes and use bus-mounted bike racks.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...eats-1.2434107

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    OC Transpo to review claim bus ran lights at rail crossing

    OC Transpo is investigating a report one of its buses ignored flashing lights and rushed through the same level crossing where in September a bus crashed into a Via train, killing six people.

    Carmen Salinas said she was driving north on Woodroffe Avenue to work Monday morning when she saw the southbound bus drive through the crossing, despite the flashing lights.

    She said the gate had not yet come down and the train was some 30 seconds away, but with poor road conditions and visibility, she felt the driver was travelling too fast and had enough time to safely stop.


    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...sing-1.2514421

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    • #3
      OC Transpo ramp issues leave wheelchair riders in cold

      Transit riders who use wheelchairs say ramps on OC Transpo buses are malfunctioning too often in the cold weather.

      Terrie Meehan, who uses a wheelchair, saw the frigid temperature Monday and was tempted to stay in.

      "I was thinking this is a hint I should just stay home, but I had stuff that had to be done," said Meehan.

      She went to catch a bus on Monday and said the ramp would not unfold for her wheelchair.

      She said she thought she'd get frostbite as she waited for another bus.
      It's something she says happens at least once a week.

      "These buses are supposed to be accessible to everybody," said Meehan.


      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...cold-1.2514641

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      • #4
        OC Transpo collision settlements add up for city

        The City of Ottawa paid out more than $1.4 million in the last three months of 2013 to settle lawsuits involving motor vehicle collisions involving OC Transpo vehicles.

        Details of the settlements were not disclosed in a report from the city's legal department given Tuesday to the city's finance committee. But the settlements do not include lawsuits involving last fall's deadly collision between an OC Transpo double-decker bus and a VIA passenger train.


        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...city-1.2523107

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        • #5
          OC Transpo ridership, on-time rates decline at end of 2013

          OC Transpo’s ridership continued to decline in the final months of 2013, with the latest dip blamed on weather, construction and the local job picture.

          In a report to be tabled at the city’s transit commission on Wednesday, deputy city manager Steve Kanellakos said ridership was down 2.1 per cent in October, November and December 2013 compared to the same three months in 2012. Riders took 26.39 million trips in the fourth quarter of 2013, compared to 26.97 million trips in the fourth quarter of 2012.


          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...2013-1.2536128

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          • #6
            OC Transpo confirms rail crossing signal failure last week

            OC Transpo's general manager has confirmed there was a signal malfunction Friday at the same rail crossing near Fallowfield Station in Barrhaven where six people died in a bus-train crash last year.

            John Manconi, general manager for OC Transpo, said the City of Ottawa reported an issue to Via Rail and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in the morning of Feb. 14.

            Then in the afternoon that same day, Via Rail requested a temporary shutdown of the Transitway near the crossing near Woodroffe Avenue and Fallowfield Road.

            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...week-1.2543564

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            • #7
              Commuter alarmed by 'shrieking' stop bell on OC Transpo buses


              An Ottawa commuter says the city should turn down the volume on the stop bells of some of OC Transpo's buses.

              http://i.cbc.ca/1.2549910.1393280696...hybrid-bus.jpg The city's diesel hybrid buses have stop bells Greg Katchmar says are too loud and cause passengers sitting nearby to wince. (CBC)

              The electronic ping on the city's 120 diesel hybrid buses is so ear-splitting that engineer Greg Katchmar bought a decibel reader to see how loud it was.


              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...uses-1.2549842

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              • #8
                OC Transpo buses shouldn't stop at open railway crossings, study says

                OC Transpo buses should not stop at railway crossings when warning lights aren't activated because it might be more dangerous to do so, according to a study by road safety experts.

                The study from MMM Group consultants, shared with the transit commission on Wednesday afternoon, suggested forcing transit buses to stop could increase the likelihood a train would strike a bus, create a larger workload for bus drivers and create a higher chance of crashes between buses.

                There are currently 75 railway level crossings in Ottawa and 20 of them are crossed by OC Transpo buses.


                More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...says-1.2604398

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                • #9
                  OC Transpo safety blitz leads to 28 charges

                  Ottawa police and OC Transpo special constables teamed up Friday night for a safety blitz at several OC Transpo stations resulting in nearly 30 charges.

                  The seasonal blitz took place at east-end stations including Blair, Hurdman, Place d'Orleans and South Keys.

                  The zero-tolerance blitz involved officers and special constables in full uniform patrolling stations and boarding buses.

                  One person was charged under the liquor license act and 27 bylaw charges were laid for failing to produce proof of payment.


                  Read more: http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/oc-transpo-...#ixzz30A8gLoGl

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                  • #10
                    OC Transpo drops investigation into video of buses running red lights

                    The head of OC Transpo said he's taking no further action over a video that appears to show city buses running red lights at a downtown intersection, because whoever posted it online hasn't come forward.
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                    On April 30, someone posted a video on YouTube showing 22 instances of buses running red lights. The video appears to have been shot from a parking lot on Slater Street just west of Metcalfe Street, facing the intersection.


                    More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...ghts-1.2649905

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                    • #11
                      OC Transpo to reduce detour buses on Scott during peak periods


                      After considerable public pressure, OC Transpo plans to reduce the number of buses along Scott and Albert streets by up to 18 per cent during peak periods when the detour for light rail work is in place from 2016-2018.

                      OC Transpo still needs the National Capital Commission's approval to divert out-of-service buses onto the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway.

                      In an emailed statement, an NCC spokesman said the NCC "is open to looking at such proposals to mitigate temporary traffic pressures resulting from construction of the LRT."


                      More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...iods-1.2667582

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                      • #12
                        O-Train service suspended, transit commission chair apologizes

                        Transit commission chair Stephen Blais apologized to OC Transpo users and O-Train riders on Tuesday following two days of light rail service disruption.

                        "Well it's certainly been a frustrating few days, and for that I want to apologize to all the customers and riders of OC Transpo, particularly those who use the O-Train," Blais said Tuesday in an interview with Ottawa Morning host Robyn Bresnahan. "We're going to get to the bottom of this issue and make sure that we have everything fixed and ready to go as soon as we can.

                        More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...izes-1.2979622

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                        • #13
                          Transit union rejects city's 'fair' labour deal, union president says

                          The union representing OC Transpo bus drivers, mechanics and other workers has voted against a contract extension with the city, and the union president says "internal union politics" are partly to blame.

                          It comes after the two parties reached a tentative agreement last week.

                          About 1,780 of 2,336 eligible voters participated, according to an email sent Thursday by Craig Watson, president of ATU Local 279.
                          Sixty-two per cent of those voters rejected the deal.


                          More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...says-1.3037094

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                          • #14
                            OC Transpo cracking down on Presto fare skippers

                            The days when transit users could fail to tap their Presto card and escape with only a warning are at an end, OC Transpo's general manager is warning.

                            "We're out of that period," John Manconi told the city's transit commission on Wednesday.

                            "If we check your Presto pass -- we have the technology [to do that] -- and you didn't tap, we're going to issue a ticket."


                            More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...pers-1.3117154

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                            • #15
                              OC Transpo eyes fare hike to balance budget

                              City officials won't rule out higher-than-expected transit fare increases in 2016, as OC Transpo struggles to hang on to passengers while dealing with service disruptions related to light rail construction.


                              Earlier today city council approved a budget report that sets next year's transit levy at 2.5 per cent, or 2.85 per cent on residential tax bills.



                              More: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa...dget-1.3270750

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