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Ottawa's Stage 2 LRT
Project Digs Deep
OTTAWA'S PUBLIC TRANSIT network
is undergoing a significant transformation. In 2019, Canada's capital city
entered a new chapter in public transit
when it replaced diesel buses in the
downtown core with light rail. By 2025,
the O-Train system will have tripled in
length from 20.5 to 64 kilometers of rail
as part of the Stage 2 Light Rail Transit
(LRT) Project.
Stage 2 LRT will extend the O-Train
network farther south, east and west,
ultimately bringing 77 percent of Ottawa
residents within five kilometers of rail.

While the project predominantly takes
advantage of existing transportation
corridors such as BRT facilities, highways and former railways, two tunnels
are being constructed to extend the
City's rail network through existing
neighborhoods.
The two tunnels are both found on
the project's west extension and are
being constructed from the surface
down using the cut and cover method.
An estimated half a million cubic meters
of ground material will be excavated
and removed as part of tunneling. Prior
to digging the tunnel, crews have
been relocating utilities and installing tunnel support walls to reinforce excavation activities.
Work is progressing well on the
three-kilometer Parkway Tunnel,
which will see two open air stations
constructed below grade. Stage
2 LRT crews recently celebrated
digging down to the full station
depth of 10 meters at the future
New Orchard Station. When station
excavation is complete, crews will
shift their focus to the station founCrews have reached the full station depth of 10 meters
at the future New Orchard Station.
dation and walls.

Nominate for 2021
APTA Awards!

*	Outstanding Public Transportation
Manager (head of transit system)
*	Outstanding Public Transportation
Board Member

Laketran Opens New
Transit Center
LAKETRAN, LAKE COUNTY, OH,
has opened its Frank J. Polivka Transit
Center at Lakeland Community College-named in honor of Laketran's first
employee, who served as the agency's
general manager from 1979 to 2003.
The center will serve as a transfer point
for six local routes, Park-n-Ride service
to Cleveland and Campus Loop shuttle
service.
The center, adjacent to State Route
306, includes an indoor waiting area,
accessible real-time information,
public restrooms, Wi-Fi and charging
infrastructure for the agency's battery--
electric bus fleet arriving later this year.
" When the college approached us
about the idea of a transit center on
the property, it was a win-win for both
organizations. The new transit center
will alleviate bus traffic on campus,
making it more pedestrian friendly, and
improves the waiting environment for
our riders-many of whom are students
coming to Lakeland, " said Laketran
CEO Ben Capelle. " Plus, we were look-

ing for a place on campus to install
charging stations for our electric buses
arriving this summer. "
" I remember the early years of Lake-
tran and having to convince the Lake
County community there is a need for
public transit service, " said Polivka
about starting the agency. " It's humbling to see what this agency has
become to the community almost 50
years later and to be recognized in this
way. "
Laketran anticipates the center will
serve 65,000 commuters annually
between the local fixed-route, Park-nRide and Campus Loop services. Lakeland Community College donated the
land for the transit center.
" Transportation is a challenge for
many of our students. Having this
Laketran transit center on Lakeland's
campus will eliminate that barrier so
more students can attend classes, " said
Dr. Morris W. Beverage Jr., president of
Lakeland Community College.

STA Unveils City Line
BRT Battery-Electric Bus

An artistic representation of the New Orchard Station.

HAVE YOU NOMINATED YET FOR
the 2021 APTA Awards? The annual
APTA Awards recognize public transit
excellence in North America at both the
individual and the organizational level.
Nominate your choices by April 13
and celebrate the public transportation
industry's " Best of the Best! "
The categories for 2021, which recognize accomplishments that have
greatly advanced public transportation,
are:

Laketran's new Frank J. Polivka Transit Center at Lakeland Community College includes charging
infrastructure-ready to deploy the agency's first battery-electric buses this summer.

*	Outstanding Public Transportation
Business Member
*	Distinguished Service (State &
Local)
*	Hall of Fame
*	Innovation
*	Outstanding Public Transportation
System Achievement

THE SPOKANE TRANSIT AUTHORITY
(STA), Spokane, WA, has unveiled its
first-ever zero-emission battery-electric
bus (BEB)-a 60-foot, five-door Xcelsior
CHARGE from New Flyer.
The new bus arrived in late December and has undergone acceptance
testing and has enabled further planning to ensure successful launch of
the agency' City Line-the region's
first BRT route-in 2022. City Line will
operate between Browne's Addition
and Spokane Community College via
downtown Spokane and the University
District, including Gonzaga University.
The bus is the first of 10 Xcelsior
CHARGE models that will service the

City Line. Each vehicle will be able to
operate approximately 120 miles before
requiring recharge.
" More than a decade of community
planning and hard work have paved
the way for this exciting vehicle introduction, both in terms of the upcoming
City Line service and the even bigger
vision of electrifying STA's fleet, " said
Pam Haley, STA Board Chair and City of
Spokane Valley council member. " With
additional state and federal funding
support to help offset higher capital
costs, STA will be able to advance fleet
electrification at a faster pace, which is
an important environmental priority. "

Nominate at www.apta.com/-
member-resources/recognitionprograms/apta-awards. For more
-information, contact Kym Hill at
khill@apta.com or Ann-Marie Glanville
at -aglanville@apta.com.

An STA City Line bus in the agency's Boone Northwest Garage.

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