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    Toronto | Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    You're not mistaken. That route you described has been open for several days, and yes, it is the most efficient path between the subway and Scotiabank Arena. However, it's not super obvious at the moment, particularly if you're heading south from the subway to the arena. I don't know how many...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Most of these photos (including all the ones with the GFL excavators) are of the condo project, not the station project. The station project officially includes two entrances, one in the NE corner of Bathurst and Eglinton and one where the House of Chan was, and both are well above grade and...
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    YRT/Viva Construction Thread (Rapidways, Terminals)

    Nope, the Hurontario $4.6 billion figure is for the full DBFOM contract with the consortium including 30 years of "O". The last Auditor General report got into the numbers in some more detail --- see here. As I understand it, it's $5.6 billion for the whole project in the broadest sense. The...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    That's actually exactly the area where I was able to wander past on foot (geeky deviation after leaving a friend-of-a-friend's place around the corner) and all service is definitely running on concrete ties right up against the eastern sound barriers through there. It's certainly not spacious...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    I was passing by on foot a few weekends ago and have a slight correction --- I think you have the sequence right, but the work is a bit further along. They've already completed the process of putting in one finished "second" track to new standards for that Milliken-Agincourt section (with...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Your memory is correct. I dug into the preliminary design plates included in the EA, and it shows up on the left side of drawing 38 and the far right edge of drawing 39 (warning, bonkers-huge-slow PDF) To save everyone the grief of loading it, just picture a pair of crossovers spaced roughly...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    ML/Ontario haven't chosen this model so much as just continued the status quo. GO trains have never been driven by, dispatched by or maintained by Ontario public sector employees --- not when it was a comparatively tiny operation in the late '60s, not when it was a larger operation in the '80s...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    It's really not hard to pull up the 2016 Budget online and find the relevant section. Quoting here in its entirety for convenience: YMMV (and cast your vote accordingly), but I wouldn't personally consider this a broken promise. They're pretty clearly labelled as "planned," not definite, and...
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    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    I am reliably informed that this claim is emphatically wrong. The new stations analysis assumed electric RER equipment, not diesel bilevels.
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Your confidence in your ability to figure this all out and know things that everyone else doesn't know is... quite something. Professional acoustic engineers used expensive proprietary software and calculated train noise for over 100 simulated receptor sites along the segment of Lakeshore East...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I think the point is whooshing right over your head. I am no NIMBY. I live in neither Riverdale nor Weston, and happen to think getting very frequent electric trains to run through those communities would be a good thing for the whole region. But the cause of transit advocacy isn't helped when...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    What I find fascinating about this poster is their default argumentation style appears to be aggressive Googling and copy-pasta, which gums up the thread, but then even after the thousands of words they just discovered are waded through there's still no basis for the crazily bold claims they...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I'm sorry, you can "believe" what you want in your own little universe, but you can't ask anyone else to accept that codswollop. This has been looked at by professionals. There are quite literally hundreds of pages of reports generated on this question over the past 10 years. Electric GO trains...
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    KW's shape, far more than its size, determines how many rapid transit lines are justifiable. And definitely for the next 10 years, and probably for the next 25 years, and quite possibly for the next 50 years, the right number of rapid transit lines for KW is 1. Not 0. Not 2.
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    No. It's not open to legal argument. It's not even open to grown-ass literate human being argument. There is a thing called a Ontario Photo Card. I can only assume Mr. Fitz used your favourite website to quickly retrieve an image of one. It is a thing. A very specific thing. With the words...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Oh, believe me, we've noticed the entire conversation get sidetracked. I think the problem here is you're reading too much and understanding too little. A little bit of Google is a dangerous thing. "A piece of plastic with a photo on it issued by the Queen in Right of Ontario" is not one and...
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    Great Platform Height Debate: Subway-Style Level Boarding for GO Trains

    I seem to recall that FrontRunner was built from the outset to operate on its own dedicated tracks, which meant having enough dynamical clearance for freights to pass station platforms wasn't a design constraint. I would assume that means they could build the entirety of their platforms up to...
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    Toronto | Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design) | ?m | ?s

    Metrolinx owns the Union Station platform level and every inch of track used by Via from there to Pickering. Take a wild guess who calls the shots on how its used. Then consider that one of these two government agencies already has a fully funded project with $13.5 billion in hand and shovels...
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    TTC: New Fare Gate Installation

    Kennedy's gates went live on Friday, meaning last week they had a run of four stations in five days: Castle Frank, Greenwood, Vic Park and Kennedy. Not too shabby. Just six stations left to get to their target of at least one fareline per station by year-end: Chester, Coxwell, Woodbine...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    The TTC website has now been updated to show all Mt. Dennis- and Malvern-based bus routes as Presto-enabled, so combined with reports of Prestoed buses beginning to show up on Birchmount and Eglinton division routes, it looks like each half of the installation team has moved on to their...