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  1. gweed123

    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    They likely are, but it's very clear that wasn't Metrolinx's preference. If the station could be switched from a LSW station to an OL station, I don't think you'd see too many objections over there.
  2. gweed123

    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    In terms of a western extension of the OL, I wonder if continuing in the LSW corridor and terminating at Humber Bay South would be an option. Add stations at Sunnyside & HBS. That may be a good way for Metrolinx to avoid having to build the HBS Station on the LSW route, since they clearly don't...
  3. gweed123

    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    I don't think the concern is so much capacity, but rather speed. Even with signal priority (which is something the TTC doesn't exact have a stellar record with), the at-grade section will be slower than the tunnelled section. IMO, the Golden Mile section of the ECLRT was a missed "golden"...
  4. gweed123

    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I wasn't referring to low vs high floor from a reliability standpoint, but rather from a capacity standpoint. Low floor really only makes sense if you have street-level platforms. If your system is entirely grade-separated and using full stations, high floor increases the capacity of each...
  5. gweed123

    Ottawa Transit Developments

    It honestly looks like the City just copied/kept the requirements from the old N-S line, which did have street running sections. When the decision was made to go 100% grade-separated, either nobody went back to do an analysis on whether low-floor LRVs was still the best option, or if they did...
  6. gweed123

    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413

    Honestly, I think we need rail expansion, coupled with selective highway projects. Bradford Bypass, Morriston Bypass (Hwy 6), and linking the 427 to the 400 (basically the far eastern portion of the 413) would be projects I would support. But I'd like to see the Missing Link and substantial GO...
  7. gweed123

    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413

    It's a bit of a shame that the Bradford Bypass has been grouped in with the 413, since I think they're serving different purposes. The 413 is basically to encourage sprawl, while the Bradford Bypass is a connecting link between two major N-S routes when no other high capacity E-W routes exist...
  8. gweed123

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The new track under the 401 will help pretty substantially with that once it's complete, no? From what I gather it's a pretty big bottleneck at the moment.
  9. gweed123

    VIA Rail

    I think that that should be the goal as well. Get the travel times down using non-electrified dedicated track, mostly on existing ROWs. Spend the money on grade separations and bypasses of curvy sections of the existing ROW, which would yield a series of incremental gains. It may even be worth...
  10. gweed123

    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    Thanks everyone! It's certainly been an adventure so far, haha. As for Eglinton vs Sheppard, there's more to consider than just the adjacent density or how "suburban" it is. One of the biggest drivers of the TTC subway system is the bus network. Eglinton West itself may be very low density...
  11. gweed123

    Transit Fantasy Maps

    Good looking map! One more suggestion for the labels though: What I do is I put a box (either white for a white background, or black for a black background) at around 50% opacity behind the label but above the line. It allows you to still see the line underneath it, but it just makes the label a...
  12. gweed123

    Moose Rail (National Capital Region)

    That would certainly work as well.
  13. gweed123

    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    My guess is it will look a lot like a Confederation Line station (one of the 3 not-underground ones). Still grade-separated, and a multi-level station. PS: I know I've been absent for a while, but with a 2 1/2 month old at home now, not much time to keep up-to-date on UT!
  14. gweed123

    Moose Rail (National Capital Region)

    I believe so, yes. It was part of the line that went to Arnprior. Eventually, I'd like to see a Trillium Line-style service running on this line, as a connector to Kanata North, connecting to the Confederation Line at Moodie.
  15. gweed123

    VIA Rail

    With respect to HFR route vs Lakeshore route for the Montreal service: Given that some Via service would be retained on the Lakeshore corridor even after HFR is implemented, could Via not just continue to run a few express trains per day between Toronto and Montreal along the Lakeshore corridor...
  16. gweed123

    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    IMO, Bi-Levels work well in 2 scenarios: 1) When you have a pretty consistent and uni-directional boarding and alighting pattern along a route (i.e. mostly boardings inbound in the AM peak, mostly alightings in the PM peak), with the reverse of those all getting off or on at one central...
  17. gweed123

    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I think overhead is the best solution given the current technology. Of course, that doesn't preclude the possibility that for some lines Metrolinx goes with something that can run on both overhead wiring and on battery. Take for example Lakeshore East and West: Electrify from Aldershot (or...
  18. gweed123

    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    That’s an interesting model. I didn’t know that Amtrak did that. I assumed it was all funded at the national level, since most Amtrak routes cross multiple states. I wouldn’t be opposed to that model either, as long as the Province had say in where the routes went, and how frequently.
  19. gweed123

    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Personally, I think that services like the Northlander, Toronto-Sarnia, and in the future Toronto-Kingston & Ottawa-Kingston (once the HFR corridor is finished) should be run by Metrolinx under a separate, Province-wide rail banner (i.e. not GO, maybe called ONrail or something). That would let...
  20. gweed123

    Roads: Ontario/GTA Highways Discussion

    The 410 serves largely the same purpose, but I agree with the general idea. The dynamics of the 404 will definitely change as it gets extended northwards, as it becomes a more effective bypass of the 400.

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