Archive for 'Transportation'

The Ontario Drive Clean Conflict of Interest

Posted on 17. Aug, 2015 by .

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As part of my recent process of renewing the registration on my car I encountered a major flaw in the Ontario Drive Clean program. This issue is a common but mostly overlooked problem encountered by anyone with an older car with the high possibility of failing the emissions test. When I investigated what the options […]

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Changing the Ottawa Taxi Monopoly

Posted on 27. Mar, 2015 by .

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The Taxi system in many large cities in North America is broken. Unfortunately Ottawa is among these. Through the historical over-reliance on regulation as means to create a safe, quality, and consistent experience, Ottawa has managed to create the very climate they set out to avoid. Only with the recent entrance of Uber’s taxi service into the […]

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Vancouver: a Grid of Chaos

Posted on 04. Feb, 2015 by .

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Vancouver, with its lack of highways, is one of only a few cities which rely exclusively on surface streets. This fundamental difference makes analysing the effectiveness of some of their transportation infrastructure choices very interesting. The heavy reliance on a grid roads to move traffic around makes the effectiveness of intersections extremely important. There are three types of intersections […]

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The Chevy Cruze and What Could Have Been

Posted on 13. Jul, 2014 by .

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With fuel prices ever on the rise, customers are always looking for cheaper ways to get around by car. While hybrid, battery-electric, and hydrogen fuel cell cars are considered to be the long term solution for powering motor vehicles, there is the need for a more short-term solution. Europe has already realized that diesel is […]

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Improving the Airport Parkway

Posted on 13. Jul, 2014 by .

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While many in Ottawa are fixated on the failed pedestrian bridge project over the Airport Parkway, they tend to forget about the parkways other serious issues, such as it being one lane for much of its length, the lack of highway access, and the roads use as a commuter thoroughfare. The Airport Parkway, as its […]

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Presto’s Missing Fourth Payment Option

Posted on 21. Jun, 2014 by .

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With the expiry of my U-pass in May I have begun to use my Presto card for the first time since it’s launch. Thankfully, while there are a few minor issues I have found with Presto, I have only one major concern: payment options. When I went to register and setup my Presto card I was […]

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Electronics on Aircraft: The Misguided Battle

Posted on 02. Jan, 2014 by .

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It was announced recently that the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be lifting their long-running, controversial restriction on the use of electronic devices during take-off and landing on US flights. The lifting of this ban has been hailed as major victory for passengers who can now use their smartphones, tablets, and laptops during all […]

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An Argument for Hydrogen Cars

Posted on 21. Nov, 2013 by .

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In recent years “green” technology has taken over as the new marketing scam aimed at selling a product to environmentally conscious consumers. With gas prices continually increasing consumers are becoming more concerned about how “green” their car is. Among the many ways people are looking to cut back on costs is by driving battery-electric cars […]

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Fuel Statistics Through the Ages: A Record of a Honda Accord 2000-2010

Posted on 15. Nov, 2013 by .

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For as long as my family has owned our 1998 Honda Accord my dad has been recording the fuel use and mileage at every fill-up. Since buying the car in 2000 we have amassed a huge collection of driving data that for the most past has not been put to use. This data is actually […]

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The Wrong Name for LeBreton Station

Posted on 09. Sep, 2013 by .

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As the development of the Ottawa Light Rail network continues the transit commission continues to make decisions about details of the Confederation Line. One of these decisions is the renaming of the LeBreton Transitway Station to Pimisi Station. This name, meaning eel in Algonquin, is supposed to pay tribute to the Algonquin tribe who once inhabited […]

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