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  • Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel
    Final Transit Investment Strategy Report Before the Panel consulted the public it released three short discussion papers that further explained the issues Hard Truths about Transit The Transit We Need What we heard Key Themes from Public Meetings Please view the Panel s Terms of Reference About the Ministry Minister Bio About the Ministry Service Commitment Videos Ministry Offices Sustainability Accessibility for Ontarians Printable Forms FAQ s News Ontario Newsroom News Releases New Information House Statements Events Traveller Info Highway 401 Traffic Map Road Closures Kingston Area Ferry Schedule Road Signs High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes Highway 407 ETR Weatheroffice Driver Licensing Driver and Vehicle Licensing Driver Licensing Getting an Enhanced Driver s Licence Ontario Photo Card Getting a Driver s Licence Driver Handbooks On line Renewing a Driver s Licence Driver Training Courses Revoked Driving Schools Commercial Drivers aged 65 79 Demerit Points Driver Improvement Office DriveTest Centres Vehicle Licensing Driver and Vehicle Licensing Vehicle Licensing Insurance Coverage for Seasonal Vehicles Accessible Parking Permit Alternative Vehicles Electric Vehicles Buying or Selling a Used Vehicle Personalized Plates Replacing Plates and Stickers Trucks and Buses Manuals and Guidelines Information Products and Services Tools and Links Public Transit Public Transit in Ontario GO

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/news/backgrounder/transit-review-panel.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Stop Idling
    you are going nowhere what sense does that make None it just wears out the engine quicker Burns Up Money Fuel costs money so going nowhere costs fuel and money What can you do to stop Idling Turn it off when your vehicle isn t going anywhere except when stopped in traffic For trucks use the latest automatic shut off devices or install other equipment to run your cab heater

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/idling.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • IRP Carrier Manual
    Commercial Vehicle Operator s Registration CVOR Insurance How to Apply Applications and Forms IRP Registration New Registrations Renewals Supplemental Applications Renewal Applications Supplemental Applications What is a Supplemental Application When do you need to submit a Supplemental Application Ontario Credit and Refund Policy Fees Refunds Ontario Fees Registration Fees Vehicle Tax Administration Fee Invoice Billings Refunds Temporary Permits Record Keeping Temporary Registrations Non Resident Single Trip Permit Oversize Overweight Permits

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/irp/manual/ (2014-08-11)
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  • CVOR and Carrier Safety Rating - Introduction
    Introduction Legislation and Regulation Conviction Code Table Collisions Accidents Information and Resources CVOR Formula Contact MTO CVOR and Carrier Safety Rating Public Guideline Two sections of the public guideline are the Commercial Vehicle Operator s Registration CVOR and Carrier Safety Ratings Additional sections are Legislation and Regulation Conviction Code Table Collisions Accidents Information and Resources CVOR Formula Further information and to obtain a full copy of Ontario s Commercial Vehicle

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/guideline/ (2014-08-11)
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  • Vehicle Weight and Dimension Limits in Ontario - FAQ
    FAQ Text size Search Search Vehicle Weight and Dimension Limits in Ontario FAQ If not automatically re directed click here english trucks vwd questions and answers shtml Home Search Site Map Accessibility Français Contact us This site is maintained by

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/vwd/ (2014-08-11)
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  • Snow and Ice Control on Ontario's Highways
    and Ice Control on Ontario s Highways You will be redirected in 3 seconds Please visit the new Winter Driving page http www mto gov on ca english safety winterdrive winterdrive shtml Home Search Site Map Accessibility Français Contact us

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/icecontrol/icecontrol.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Anti-Icing on Structures Using Fixed Automated Spray Technology (FAST)
    The Fast Hydraulic subsystems consist of Pump station Nozzles Hydraulic Piping and Control wiring Valve Boxes Pump Station A pump house was constructed at the site to enclose all the required mechanical power communication and monitoring equipment required for the proper functioning of the spray system In addition to the structure a chain link security fence was provided to secure the installation Within the pump house the following components are found Pump station Pump Chemical reservoir Control valves Filters Relays Reservoir level sensors Power supply equipment Communications drops The vendor provided the complete pump station as a stand alone package consisting of pumps valves metering devices connections controls sensors and storage tank Separate panels for the electrical distribution and the pump station controller are also located in the pump house The pump controls are located in the pump house and contain the high power switches and relays which switch the pump on and off and monitor the relevant levels and pressures The system may be activated from a number of sources remotely from a page on site manually switch on the outside of the barrier wall at the west side of the north abutment or automatically based on certain atmospheric and or pavement conditions which are observed by the ARWIS AMS RPU station from the atmospheric and or pavement sensors Spray Nozzles The Spray nozzles were originally specified as parapet style side mount nozzles so as to minimize the impact on the existing structure It was later determined that a flush mount nozzle embedded in the pavement would require less damage to the structure The obligation to provide and specify a sufficient number of spray nozzles was transferred to the vendor to assure adequate coverage of critical locations for initial and subsequent spray applications The nozzles were directionally adjustable in all three axes and were installed in advance of the structure at the direction of the vendor to ensure that the deicing chemical would be tracked onto the structure The spray nozzles specified are resistant to severe environmental conditions such as salt and other chemicals The materials and accessories provided by the vendor consist of nozzles epoxy sealant mounting and adjustment hardware Mechanical Distribution Piping The vendor was required to provide pipes pressure fittings valves reservoirs and control wirings and mounting brackets These conduits fittings and accessories are resistant to severe corrosive environment conditions such as salt and other deicing chemicals The flexible piping supplied by the vendor is manufactured specifically for the application The flexible plastic tubing makes it easier to work with for the installation ensures corrosion resistance and allows for a limited range of movement from frost action or as a result of accident impact Stainless steel mechanical connectors were easy to work with and resist corrosion Valves Sufficient manual valves were installed to allow for partial system operation in the event of accidental impact damage Solenoid actuated stainless steel valves allowing control of liquid to the spray nozzles controlled valves between distribution piping and lateral branches were employed FAST System Controller The pump station controller is located in the pump house and controls both pump and valve operation The system will on a regular basis perform a self diagnostic test to confirm the system is ready to spray the deicing chemical In the event that the system detects a fault it issues an alarm at the pump house which is relayed to the RWIS RPU and is picked up by the server and identified as an alarm on the server and then to the user terminal In the event of an alarm it must be determined the nature of the fault and the situation remedied before the FAST will spray automatically again and depending on the nature of the fault e g low chemical level or loss of pressure may not allow the system to fire at all Top of page Research and Procurement Literature relating to experiences with FAST systems was reviewed from a variety of road winter maintenance organizations in the United States A list of potential vendors was developed and a number were requested to provide technical literature and brochures outlining system principles specifications and features of their respective systems A request for information RFI was then prepared which outlined the general scope of work and ensuring enough information was provided to have the vendors prepare a cost estimate for supply of the system and the limited number of services they would be required to perform The research undertaken provided background for the feasibility study which was intended to identify the system vendors as well as the available and currently employed systems The report also drew conclusions on which system Vendor methodology and equipment was best suited for MTO s specific requirements on the subject site based on the best value for the cost and estimated the cost of the complete system Once MTO selected the vendor MFPA worked with the implementation Contracting Team and vendor to develop the necessary instructions detailed design drawings and specifications expedited review and approval and then supervised and co ordinated installation of the FAST system by the Ministry s contractor s under the direction of the system vendor Details of the work plan were coordinated with the vendor contractor and the Ministry such that qualified knowledgeable staff and or local contractors were utilized to support and work with the vendor thereby ensuring that their system was installed and operated as intended Procurement Capital funding for the project was provided as part of the rehabilitation of the northbound 416 lanes The Ministry at the time had two contracts underway which had boundaries of their work which covered the subject site These contracts were for the reconstruction of the northbound 416 and the Area Maintenance Contract AMC MFPA repackaged the RFI as a fixed price request for proposal RFP and the Ministry administered the procurement process with the two contractors Cruickshank Construction was selected as the successful proponent and proposed employing Boschung America as the Vendor The work was added as an extra to their existing AMC contract Top of page Risk Sharing Partnerships with Industry MTO The 416 401 FAST Project was completed in the spirit of a demonstration project with all participants assuming some of the risk MTO needed to deal with a single contracting party which was responsible for supplying the equipment and possessed the technical capability to ensue the system would work as intended could supply system maintenance and service locally and could meet the ministry high liability insurance requirements Since the project was a first in Canada none of the participants had worked with the Vendor or their systems prior to this project MFPA was the only participant with any experience with RWIS and sensor installation on bridges All participants however recognized the potential for the equipment to be used in the future and as such were willing to share some of the risk for the services or equipment for which each of them respectively supplied in the undertaking All participants supplied equipment and services for which they were not fully compensated with a view of gaining experience and insight into FAST and demonstrating the technology could work to meet the ministry s objectives Top of page Installation Design and Project Management Despite the contracting parties being MTO and Cruickshank it was understood that project manager held much of the responsibility to ensure that the system would perform as anticipated since it was the common thread in the implementation team from the feasibly phase to the commissioning phase The vendor provided a limited amount of generic engineering design based on standard details Details of the site adaptation to the existing structure pump house utility services system architecture and configuration to suite the local application were developed by MFPA The actual ARWIS instrumentation installation was completed by MFPA The balance of the work related to the installation of the complete and operational FAST system including all the distribution piping and appurtenance installation was performed under the supervision of the Project consulting engineer Mark F Pinet and Associates Limited Installation by MTO s Contractor Cruickshank Construction Limited was selected as the General Contractor for the project and the work was performed as an extension to their existing Area Maintenance Contract They retained all other members of the implementation team including consultants contractors and the vendor In addition to acting as General Contractor they were responsible for the underground plant for the FAST the civil works and the Pumphouse construction Cruickshank also retained a hydraulic contractor Central Source Irrigation who possessed substantial experience with similar large scale automated hydraulic systems to complete the mechanical portion of the work Installation by the Vendor The installation works completed by the vendor included all hardware and software for the RPU all work not specifically identified as being supplied or installed by the MTO s Contractor commissioning and burn in testing of the system and all components pressure testing of the hydraulic system and all components and training Top of page Budget Estimate and Costs Boschung America was the preferred vendor based on the value of the performance of the system they proposed for the price The following outlines the estimated cost for a complete system provided and fully installed at the subject site based on a conceptual design and Boschung as the vendor The following shows the components for a complete supply and installation of a FAST system Original Equipment Supply excl full RWIS Installation Civil Spray System Gantry System Electrical Engineering Contingency Total Preliminary Budget Cost 239 000 Additional Costs Upgrade to full ARWIS Security fencing Chemical supply Utility service extensions Maintenance Changes in Duty and Exchange Additional Research Total Final Cost 300 000 The original budget was based on MTO retaining all the subcontractors directly without a General Contractor The actual construction cost was 300 000 The Fast system coverage is 1784 5 m2 on the bridge and 190 m2 on the approach to the bridge for a total of 1963 m2 or 153 m2 Since this is a demonstration project future costs are expected to be higher The annual operating cost is approximately 15 000 or 7 64 m2 annually excluding annual maintenance of the spray system pumps and systems Top of page Maintenance The system should be maintained in accordance with the Vendors suggested procedures Start Up Fall In the fall the system should be checked and refilled with chemical and the ARWIS station serviced The entire system should be checked for damage and repaired including replacement of any failed joint sealant etc on the structure Shut Down Spring In the spring the system must be flushed with clear water and the filters checked replaced The system is left pressurized and any change in pressure is flagged as an alarm to the System Administrator The system should on a regular basis be cycled through using clear water In addition the following recommendations should be taken into account Follow the Vendor s operating manual instructions The contractor will be required to monitor the chemical levels within the pump house and refill the tanks to suit the intensity of the storm The contractor should employ good house keeping practices to ensure the electronics are not damaged by humidity or the presence of the chemicals The contractor should adhere to appropriated health and safety regulations and should have all WHMIS sheets and personal protective equipment at the site for handling chemicals and any necessary safety equipment within the pump house Wiring is a combination of North American and European voltages 120 208 230 volts and must be fully inspected by the appropriate electrical inspection authority The maintenance contractor should use caution when working around electrical equipment and appropriate warning signs shall be used Top of page Operational Plan In order to successfully integrate FAST into the Winter Maintenance Service Provider s toolbox a plan of operation must be developed to fully integrate the new technology into all the related and affected business processes The FAST system was to be operated as outlined in the operating manual supplied by Boschung the system vendor and as outlined in the user operator and maintenance training sessions provided by the vendor however it was the responsibility of the owner in this case the MTO to Obtain procedural approvals Cause an adjust in maintenance operations under the Area Maintenance Contract Provide training access and support to gain the confidence of staff in the system Provide access to the FAST system data to those inside and outside MTO requiring it Provide the necessary resources to monitor the performance of the system to ensure that the system is operating as MTO intended i e that the system was applying chemical at the appropriate time Provide and understand the logic and timing for the application of the selected anti icing deicing liquid chemical Provide the necessary resources to monitor the system operation to ensure that the system is continuously operating in the ready mode and no system alarms have occurred during the self diagnostics testing Select the and appropriate liquid chemical Provide any warning signs to motorists to alert them of the automated anti icing deicing operation Pay the operating cost which include power telecommunications and supply of chemicals Indemnify the General Contractor and Subcontractors against future claims except for negligence specifically relating to the installation of the FAST System Ensure the RPU and pump house site is secure from vandalism Top of page System Interfacing The Vendor s user interface software provides a graphical presentation to the operator allowing them to control manage or observe the FAST system depending on the users authorized privileges At the highest level only Administrators are permitted to modify FAST system critical threshold operating parameters As an example for an optimal effectiveness of the FAST System the Administrator is required to enter into the control mode and customize the system set up to take into account various factors of influence including The density of the traffic The selected sites for the installation of the meteorological and road sensors The local climatic variations The choice of the spraying parameters After appropriate training is given by the Vendor and under the direction of the Owner the Administrator is able to modify and enter parameters The vendor advises however that they will not be held responsible for the consequences of hazardous incomplete or lack of customization of the system At the lowest level a user would be permitted to only to view current and historical pavement atmospheric and system operating data but could not affect the operation of the FAST system using the interface software Software development is underway which provides these services over the Internet to authorized users using a common Web Browser Top of page Monitoring Notwithstanding the best efforts under the FAST installation contract the system provides the best available technology at the time but it cannot however be assumed to replace the requirement for regular patrols and manual monitoring of pavement and forecasts of atmospheric and pavement conditions This system is only a decision support system and is intended to assist the road maintainer in making informed decisions about road maintenance It provides additional information allowing for proactive approaches to winter maintenance MTO should be continually monitoring the performance of the system to ensure that the system is operating as intended and is applying deicing chemical at the appropriate time The system on its own on a regular basis performs a self diagnostic test to confirm it is ready to fire In the event that the system detects a fault it issues an alarm at the pump house which is relayed to the RWIS RPU and is picked up by the server and identified as an alarm on the user interface In the event of an alarm the nature of the fault must be determined by the system operator and the situation remedied before the FAST will fire automatically again Depending on the nature of the fault e g low level or loss of pressure may not allow the system to fire at all The FAST has been installed and employs the default settings provided by the vendor based on dialogue with the MTO staff The system will fire based on its response to a number of environmental atmospheric and pavement condition parameters and is typically running in automated mode It is difficult to confirm pavement conditions without relying solely on the system log to the conditions As such currently MTO relies on the Patrol Supervisor to verify system operations It has been suggested that video monitoring be performed so that the timing and conditions for chemical application can be visually confirmed as well as the response of the vehicles to the conditions and deicing chemical application MTO retained MFPA to provide the monitoring services based on a daily review of the system operation weekdays Monday to Friday Operational reviews are done during and after a winter event and a monthly review and summary report is prepared for submission to MTO The monitoring relationship is based on the following understanding of the relative responsibilities The FAST system employs a number of preset but customizable routines to respond to various alarms the system will generate The appropriate response to the alarm and therefore the routine is also dependant on the deicing chemical employed since each chemical has a different freeze point tracking hygroscopic properties and results in a different coefficient of friction Boschung provided the logic and timing parameters for the application of the selected anti icing deicing liquid chemical based on input from MTO MFPA as system administrator on behalf of MTO provided the necessary resources to monitor the system operation to ensure that the system is continuously operating in the ready mode and no system alarms have occurred during the self diagnostics testing The FAST system employs a number of internal and external subsystems and components which operate in an extremely harsh environment Communications and power are provided to the remote location via overhead lines Each of these components

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/anti_ice/anti_ice.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Guide for Preparing Hydrology Reports for Water Crossings
    Hydrology Report It provides the detailed documentation requirements for Hydrology Reports prepared for MTO and the rationale for requiring this information It also provides definitions of the terminology and technical procedures referred to in the document The document is divided into three sections Introduction Instructions and Reference The Introduction section provides tools that describe the site and assists in the understanding of MTO requirements The Instructions section is the main section of the document providing the details of MTO documentation requirements The Reference section provides additional information and linkages to other MTO Drainage documents It is important to note that technical details or policy statements provided in this document are for clarification only They are not to be considered as substitute for the original documents or policies It is the designer s responsibility to refer to the original technical manuals standards and policies for instruction and guidance For more information on this guidance tool go to the section About this Document About this Document There are a number of ways to navigate this document For new users the Quick Reference Guide gives a quick review of document content and provides links to the different sections that address the drainage issues identified The Document Map shows the different components and can also be used for navigation The index to the left is always available for navigating between the different sections at any time Quick ReferenceGuide Document Map To determine when a Hydrology Report is required and the level of detail of the report at the different structural planning stages refer to the section MTO Approvals MTO Approvals To obtain a summary of all the drainage issues that may be required go to the Checklists Checklists Please note Before proceeding read the section Review These Points Before Proceeding for important information The

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/engineering/drainage/hydrology/ (2014-08-11)
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