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ION - Waterloo Region's Light Rail Transit
(02-10-2018, 11:28 PM)Bob_McBob Wrote:
(02-10-2018, 10:45 AM)Canard Wrote: From the sounds of things, the curve at Northfield and the Spur is the latest casualty for gauge rework. Unbelievable.

I drove past there around 3:30pm and there were several workers going at it with a tent and blowers, and a huge row of traffic cones restricting part of the right lane. On my way home at 10pm the equipment was all still there. Hopefully they will be done by Monday or the traffic won't be fun.

A week later and everything is still there. The heater, the tent, the mass of lane restricting traffic cones. How big a repair job is this?
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Borden/Charles was about 3 weeks, and about 60° of the 90° of the outboard rail concrete was removed.
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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The Region road closures states that section of construction is ongoing till Monday, February 26th. @Canard, thank you for the info about the equipment blocking the northbound route from Fairway to Mill. I heard on the radio that they were going back North using the Southbound track and wondered why.
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(Yesterday, 04:04 PM)KevinL Wrote: Every station has at least one way in that ticks all those boxes - nothing there indicates there must always be more than one. (Particularly, neither Mill nor Northfield seem capable of more than one.)

The approaches we're talking about seem to be Grandlinq's acknowledgement that people will want to get to stations like Frederick, Kitchener Market, and Borden from the non-primary direction and give another method of access. It just seems to be built strangely given tactile strips on the station side of the crossings but nothing on the curb side.

After doing a bit more reading I now think the the approaches we are talking about, either by design or in error, are probably considered emergency exits:
(viii) Provide clear emergency exiting from platforms.
(xi) Exits shall provide safe exiting from trains and platforms under normal operational and emergency conditions. Platforms and exits shall allow passengers to completely clear the platform prior to the arrival of the next train. 


Based on the final configuration at Frederick and Duke it looks like they could have extended a sidewalk boulevard/platform right to Duke had they not placed the utility boxes on the south side in such an awkward place. The sidewalk jogs south, the road jogs north. Had the road just gone straight there would be 1.0-1.5m available to use the middle of the road to combine with they >1m curb boulevard the did managed to fit in the middle.


Also, here is weird statement I came across in my reading today:
"Platforms to be a fare paid zone."

Surely that is a mistake or won't actually be enforced? Are the really expecting someone, for example, out for a walk along the west side of Charles between Water and Gaukel or Queen and Benton to cross the street mid-block to avoid being on the Victoria Park or Queen St platforms without a ticket?
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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I guess if you're clearly waiting for a train on one of those platforms you can expect a fare inspection. So no loitering or using station benches unless you've tapped in!
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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That's a pretty horrible policy.
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(8 hours ago)Square Wrote: The Region road closures states that section of construction is ongoing till Monday, February 26th.  @Canard, thank you for the info about the equipment blocking the northbound route from Fairway to Mill.   I heard on the radio that they were going back North using the Southbound track and wondered why.

Hopefully they move the equipment and test that section early next week.
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