MOOSE (which stands for Mobility Ottawa-Outaouais: Systems and Enterprises Inc.) is an emerging “green” regional transit railway system in the National Capital Region based upon reuse of existing rail lines and new double-decker diesel-electric luxury passenger cars. MTBA is part of the Consortium developing it.
MOOSE plans to link urban and rural sectors of both Eastern Ontario and West Quebec, using existing railway corridors and bridges. Its train service will exchange passengers with Ottawa’s new Light Rail Transit (LRT) system at Bayview Station in Lebreton Flats, and at the Tremblay Road VIA station. It will also connect with Gatineau’s Rapibus service.
Currently, this project is in the Pre-feasibility Phase. MTBA, as a Partner/Consortium Founding Member, are acting as Architects & Urban Designers for MOOSE, and are investing their expertise and professional time in the preparation of three documents that form a part of the Pre-feasibility Report. These are the Preliminary Heritage Evaluation of the Prince of Wales Bridge and its proposed rehabilitation intervention for trains, bike and pedestrian paths; the Preliminary Review of Planning and Urban Design for the typical proposed Linked Localities’ Real Estate Development opportunities; and, the Preliminary Concept Planning/Design for the typical proposed new Station Buildings that will be installed along the rail line. These “green” stations will be built from used transport containers, transformed into funky modern facilities for MOOSE riders.
The MOOSE rail service will cross the Ottawa River on the historic Prince of Wales Bridge located between Lebreton Flats and the University of Québec en Outaouais (UQO) campus. It is estimated that operations will achieve 20,000 tonnes of net CO2 reduction per year for the region, and remove 25,000 cars per day from downtown traffic. The service will enable households to redirect $20M annually from transportation spending to other needs, and will directly create hundreds of new permanent full-time skilled jobs in both urban and rural areas of the Region.
The financial model, called “Property Powered Rail” is based upon escalation of property values within walking distance of each new station stop, which will create Transit-Oriented Developments (TODs). MTBA is looking forward to continuing its work with the Consortium going forward and will continue to be a major participant in the development of this groundbreaking project.
Concept Rail and Station Platforms
The rail waiting platform is currently conceived as a 12′ (3.6m) wide platform that extends the length of the expected MOOSE train length to provide access to the rail coaches. Covered waiting areas, amenities and washrooms, among other things, are located within the station platform which is located between the main station entrance and the rail platform. All built station components are located within this area. Construction of the platform surfaces may include concrete or a type of modular construction system that is appropriately suited to the challenging regional climate, and appropriate to the context of the local site.
At the core of the proposed station approach is an architecture of reused/converted shipping containers. The level of modification and fit-out would vary depending on the functions to be contained within. For instance, washroom containers would required more fit-up than an enclosed waiting container or a storage container. The initial three station concepts (small, medium and large) provide for the needs for the various locality types (rural, village, suburban and urban) and the containers are used to house the various functions including:
- Enclosed waiting
- Vending areas
- Ticketing and vending
- Station marker and clock