Monday, January 11, 2016

Catching The Train

The O-Train is our commuter train service in the city, linked in with the bus transit system. Bayview is the north terminus of the present line, which runs between here and the South Keys area. This line was the pilot project of the entire concept, meant to be expanded afterwards. At present, construction of phase one of a major expansion with an east-west line is well underway. It would have been long completed by now, but a former (and not at all missed) mayor scuttled the whole thing as one of his earliest acts in office. Thanks a lot, Larry, for putting us through massive delays, cancelled contract costs, and for contributing to my personal theory that 99.5 % of all Larrys in the world are idiots.

39 comments:

  1. This gives me hope that if we out wait the idiots of the world perhaps things can get done eventually.

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  2. Thanks. I've been missing your funny, snarky comments about your mayor.

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  3. Sound idiotic to be but I suppose if you have and idiot in charge that is what happens. Amazing he go away with it. In the UK I thing the Government would have stepped in of he would have been forced out.

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  4. I hope the train project will be completed soon.

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  5. Do politicians know anything about infrastructure?

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  6. I love going on the train but hate it when things aren't managed properly. And, of course, I am loving your snow.

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  7. A winter image with the snow, money is wasted everywhere it seems. It always can be more mad with our soap opera of ordering many trains from Italy which lost there bottom at he first ride... They have stand still for a year and are now send back at last to Italy!

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  8. The train looks so modern and elegant.
    I still have an early 20th century image in my head. Love the contrast of the red and white.

    Janis
    GDP

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  9. @Kay: with luck we can do that!

    @ODP: there's one parallel to the former mayor of Toronto- they're both dolts.

    @Bill: the federal government at the time aided and abetted him.

    @Nancy: phase one is due to be finished in 2018.

    @Andy: no!

    @Lauren: fortunately we turfed the guy.

    @Marianne: that is a nuisance!

    @Janis: thank you!

    @Tanya: it does.

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  10. Nice shots. It's great to see how roads and railroads meander through the snowy world.

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  11. love the red in the snow, i bet it is not difficult to "catch the train" ... wink wink, get my joke. any who. ha. ha!! ( :

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  12. Didn't know Ottawa had a commuter train system!

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  13. I love the glowing red color, William !

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  14. Our St. Louis equivalent is the Metrolink. We also had an idiot in charge when it was being constructed...but his name wasn't Larry....

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  15. very striking red against the white snow.

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  16. Nice red color in white-black lamdscape.

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  17. William, pretty red train in the snow.

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  18. That's a very colorful train. We seem to have no shortage of idiots. There will be many extra costs caused the Dark One's lunacy.

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  19. We have some light rail construction going on here too. The system is being expanded on both ends which is a good thing.

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  20. @Jan: it's rather a different photo subject than some of my usual material!

    @Beth: I've had days where I've reached a station just in time for the bells to start ringing and the train to be leaving without me!

    @Furry Gnome: it's relatively unknown outside of the city, what with the present line only having five stations, but when phase one of the expansion comes online, that'll change. Hopefully phase two will also include spur lines to the airport.

    @Karl: red and white are the colours of the transit organization here in the city.

    @Norma: the only Larry I can think of offhand at the moment who's not a dolt is Larry Wilmore!

    @Tex: yes, it's different in other seasons.

    @Orvokki: some winter days, like this one, can have a monochromatic feel.

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Red: oh, yes.

    @Sharon: infrastructure does need to be expanded on. We've got a pretty fair bus transit system, but this is a good idea too.

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  21. Haha! I wonder if all the Larry's that read your blog are thinking 'of course the sensible .5% is me' :) Politicians have so much to answer for William, when they put their own ideas ahead of what's essentially needed. The red train looks wonderful traveling through the white landscape.

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  22. The train is beautiful! The red body looks so bright and cheerful on the snowy land. Sorry the project was messed up by someone who is not missed at all...!

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  23. Yep, gotta love politicians that don't think very far into the future!

    BTW - I'm guessing the brother-in-law that you refer to as an idiot might also be a Larry!

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  24. I have a good friend named Larry who is not an idiot. But I am wondering if your Larry later went to work in Toronto. ;-)

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  25. We should be able to have a referendum to get rid of foolish politicians!

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  26. I like your rants... And I like seeing snow even more because yes, magnolia buds in January are simply ridiculous...

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  27. @Grace: if this particular Larry read this, he wouldn't like it, but of course the same has been said about him by others!

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Tamago: fortunately he took a hint and didn't come back after getting his butt kicked in the election that sent him out of public life.

    @VP: it's quite a colour!

    @EG: no, actually, that particular nuisance of a former brother in law goes by the name Mike, and when that idiot finally drinks or smokes his way into an early grave, I'll forego the usual not speaking ill of the dead and fall about laughing.

    @Marleen: and more snow to come!

    @Halcyon: as far as I know, when this Larry lost the next election, he went back to his business, which is based here.

    @RedPat: we should- you'd be rid of the Ford boys forever!

    @Ciel: it's way too cold here now for any trees to be doing that!

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  28. I love the sound of the train. Nice pics.

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  29. I don't quite understand why people of ten go kicking and screaming inot the mass transportation future.

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  30. Ah sounds like the usual bureaucratic mess, it a worldwide problem in afraid...nice pictures though...

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  31. The red of the train and the white of the snow provide a great contrast in these scenes. And the train is such an appealing design. Pity about the dozey mayor.

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  32. Red and white are a standout. A shame about the costly construction contracts and cancellations. Nothing like hitting the people in the pocketbook.

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  33. @Eve: the bells of these trains can be heard quite a way off.

    @Revrunner: you'd think they'd know better.

    @Geoff: oh, yes.

    @Gemma: fortunately he's gone!

    @Mari: that's true.

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  34. Taxpayers really have to bite the bullet and pay when it's needed. Transportation is so important for the economy.

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  35. This is very posh train William. Is it a go train.

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