Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009 / août 2009 - (Page 30)

Indus tr y News Corporate changes for Ontario’s GO Transit and Metrolinx Effective May 14, 2009, the two provincial transit agencies serving the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, GO Transit and Metrolinx, were formally merged into a single agency under the Metrolinx name. The separate GO Transit and Metrolinx boards of directors have been abolished, and a new Metrolinx board will be established. The new 15-member board will be made up of citizen appointees. GO Transit has been operating regional service since 1967, under several different governance structures, including a spell in the late 1990s as a regional body. Metrolinx was formed in 2006 as the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, a provincial agency primarily tasked with co-ordinating regional transit and developing a new regional transportation plan. Calgary Transit investments In May, the federal and Alberta governments, along with the City of Calgary, announced $270-million worth of public transit investments. The funding will go towards electronic fare collection; transit signal priority projects; upgrades to the closed circuit TV system on the light rail network; an advanced passenger information system; traction power upgrades; park and ride lots on the new southeast bus rapid transit line; rehabilitation and extension to four car length LRT stations downtown; and a new 11th Street LRT station that will be the first phase of the new West light rail line. Of the total funding amount, the federal government will contribute up to one-third of eligible costs, to a maximum federal contribution of $90 million. The Province of Alberta is providing $90 million, and the balance of the funding will be provided by the City of Calgary. Construction of all of these improvements, except for the West Light Rail Transit 11th Street Station, will likely begin later this year. The West Light Rail Station project is expected to be started in 2010 and finished by the end of 2012. Edmonton LRT investments Significant investment in Edmonton’s LRT system was announced in April by the federal and Alberta governments. The Northeast LRT line will be extended one station from Clareview to Gorman Town Centre. Station upgrades will lengthen platforms along the South Light Rail Transit line to allow for five-car trains. Three park-and-ride stations and the LRT signalling system will be upgraded. Preliminary planning and design will soon be underway on these projects, and construction could begin as early as the summer of 2009 for the parkand-ride, signalling, and platform extension projects. Work on the Northeast LRT extension could begin soon thereafter, and could be in service by 2013. The total cost of the priority projects identified in the Edmonton package is approximately $300 million. The federal government will contribute up to one-third of total eligible costs, to a maximum federal contribution of $100 million. The province is also providing $100 million toward the projects. The balance of the funding will be provided by the City of Edmonton. Sudbury selects Nova Bus ITS system The City of Sudbury has selected Nova Bus to retrofit their current bus fleet with the ITS4mobility Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The system will then be factory-installed on subsequent Nova LFS vehicles delivered as part of a multi-year agreement which extends to 2011. The ITS4mobility system provides multiple communication and data processing functions. Sudbury’s configuration will enable passengers to enjoy next-stop vocal and visual announcements. Vehicles will be equipped with GPS, for real-time location and schedule information, and text messaging for two-way communication. The system also includes a diagnostic system that facilitates defect identification, for enhanced productivity. Sprinter unveiled for Canadian market Daimler Buses North America (DBNA) unveiled their Sprinter shuttle bus to the Canadian market at a trade show in Mississauga in April 2009. The six metre-long Sprinter is specially tailored to transit applications, and is available with rear and side lifts. Interior headroom is a generous 273 centimetres. The bus is fully supported through Daimler Buses North America. DBNA also announced the first Canadian orders, with a deal for three buses to be delivered to Charter Bus Lines in BC. GO Transit installs wind turbine GO Transit has installed a wind turbine at its Lisgar GO Station in Mississauga. The commuter rail and bus station, which opened in 2007, was selected for the turbine because of wind patterns and speeds in the area. The turbine can produce about 50 kilowatts of power in winds of 25 mph, and could generate about 80% of Lisgar GO Station’s power, on average. Construction on the wind turbine started in November 2008, and cost 30 August | août 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009 / août 2009

Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009
Message from the President – The Canada Line
Message du Président – La Canada Line
Message from the Chair – Together, We Will Inspire One Another
Message du Président du Conseil d’administration – Soyons Source d’inspiration les uns Pour les Autres
Spectacular Setting for Annual Conference in Whistler
Emplacement spectaculaire pour le Congrès annuel à Whistler
CUTA Presents 2009 National Corporate RecognitionAwards
L’ACTU décerne les prix de reconnaissance nationaux desentreprises du transport collectif 2009
Transit Ridership Breaks All-Time Record in 2008
L’achalandage du Transport Collectif Atteint un Nouveau Record en 2008
TransLink’s New Charter Membership of UITP A Commitment to Sustainability
TransLink Devient Membre en règle de l’UITP Un Engagement Envers la Durabilité
The Advocacy File – Federal Leaders Make PolicyCommitments to Municipal Government
Le Dossier de la Sensibilisation – Les Leaders Fédéraux Prennent des Engagements de Politiques Auprès de L’administration Municipale
People in Transit
Les Gens du Transport
Industry News
Des Nouvelles de L’industrie
Trade List & Buyers’ Guide
Index Commercial et Guide des Acheteurs

Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009 / août 2009