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UPDATE: CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Operational testing at Tunney's Pasture Feb. 24

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I received the following today about operational testing at Tunney's that will close the station for a few hours on Sunday, February 24. Click the attached picture to embiggen it for detour and shuttle detours.

Mayor, Councillors, and members of the Transit Commission,

I am writing to inform you of the planned short-term closure of Dominion, Westboro, and Tunney’s Pasture stations on Sunday, February 24, from 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to allow for a bus operational test at Tunney’s Pasture Station. OC Transpo staff will be conducting a real-life simulation of peak period bus operations at Tunney’s Pasture Station when O-Train Line 1, the Confederation Line, is in service. While the test is taking place at Tunney’s Pasture Station, the closure of Westboro and Dominion stations is necessary so that buses taking part in the test can be positioned with minimum impact to the surrounding communities. Please note that this test is not connected with investigation of the January 11 collision at Westboro Station.
This test will involve approximately 80 out of service buses and will help staff prepare and confirm operating plans for one of the busiest O-Train Line 1 transfer stations. Test buses will be circulating through Tunney’s Pasture Station and will be stopping at platforms, with staff observing bus dwell times and bus traffic flow under various simulated conditions. We successfully ran a similar test at Hurdman Station in October 2018, and we also be running a test later on at Blair Station, the third of the major transfer stations.
On Sunday, February 24, until 2:00 p.m., buses on Routes 61, 62, 63, 87, 94, 95, and 97 will be detoured between Lincoln Fields and Bayview stations. These buses will operate along Carling, Woodroffe, Richmond/Wellington/Somerset and Bayswater/Bayview in both directions. Customers using these routes will be advised that there may be slightly longer travel times to and from downtown.
In order to maintain service for customers at Westboro and Tunney’s Pasture stations, a shuttle route will operate as a loop along Scott, Holland, Wellington, Richmond, and Churchill every eight to ten minutes. Customers at Westboro Station can board the shuttle bus on the south side of Scott at Lanark or can walk to the stops on Richmond at McRae. Customers at Tunney’s Pasture Station can board the shuttle bus on the west side of Holland at Scott or can walk to the stops on Wellington at Caroline. Customers at Dominion Station will be asked to use the stops on Richmond at Roosevelt.
The attached map shows the detour route, the shuttle route, and the bus stop and transfer locations.
We are carrying out this test during the daytime on a weekend to minimize the disturbance to nearby residents and to affect the fewest customers. Ridership at these stations is much lower over the weekend than during the week.
Staff will be on hand to assist customers at Dominion, Westboro and Tunney’s Pasture stations, and at the transfer locations on Wellington and Richmond. Notices will be posted for the week before this test at the affected stations to let customers know where to catch their buses and where to transfer. Information will be also provided to customers via and social media.
Posted February 12, 2019