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  1. mdrejhon

    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I think GO would do well with routes that are 85% catenary + 15% battery, which happens to be the ratio of CN/CP portions of all day servicer routes. Battery would make Hamilton possible in less than 10 years — and the 85% catenary (Oshawa-Burlington) is enough time to recharge the batteries...
  2. mdrejhon

    New GO Train Control+Signalling (PTC, CBTC, ETC) -- Safety & Subway-Like Frequency

    Yes, that’s correct (in a roundabout way). However, ERTMS is a set of standards for literally 21st century technology, decades ahead of good old fashioned PTC. I find this fantastic news, because we’re leapfrogging far past the USA mainline signalling systems here. ERTMS, if all features are...
  3. mdrejhon

    TOAreaFan

    Just seeing this now — My condolences. I visit here a tad more infrequent, but I remember the good old days in the middle-2010s and the long threads between myself and George. It’s not the best times of history this decade — and so many families are so stressed. My heart goes out to his family.
  4. mdrejhon

    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    As part of the renewal, it was mentioned that the sewers will also be enlarged (possibly provisions for separated sewer for all condo newbuilds along corridor — currently Hamilton is combined). I think the utilities upgrades are well worth it long-term. It was already known by me since 2015...
  5. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    You’re not thinking the useful perspective: It’s the COST PER MINUTE TIME SAVED :) I think that the costs to save a minute through Georgetown is quite reasonable, compared to the costs to save a minute between Kitchener-London. There are literally over a thousand separate construction...
  6. mdrejhon

    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    It seems that most of the mass of building demolitions have now already occured earlier, so the remainder of building demolitions is smaller than the number of buildings demolished already. Instead, the war zone is the construction site to come, and the major bus & car traffic detours needed...
  7. mdrejhon

    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    The CATenary does, shockingly so.
  8. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Possibly -- but this route is worth starting from an incubation perspective. Facilitating future purchase of the subdivisions for future higher rail speeds. That's the big prize. However, London-Kitchener commute via GO should actually competes okay with peak-period driving, and they should...
  9. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The real use case is Londoners with work in KW, or the universities there. KW is an expanding employment centre, even in pandemic. In bad traffic, it already takes more than 1.5 hours, even almost 2 hours to drive during the worst part of peak hour. The GO train would be similiar, except...
  10. mdrejhon

    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    I mean. This IS one of my least favourite part of the LRT. The chop down! Making good shade disappear to a summer scorched paved plaza! That’s why I suggest the small battery option for 2km of catenaryless ops. It can recharge on the catenary while on the gp outside downtown. No time lost.
  11. mdrejhon

    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    The LRT has been delayed so long, there's some minor tweaks that could be done to the resurrected LRT: Just like technology changed so quickly, that Eglinton Crosstown LRT recently cancelled a peaker gas plant to build the Metrolinx battery farm (article) like a UPS for the Crosstown LRT. A...
  12. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    No. They currently back the train out. For now, until they extend the track soon. They did this before the pandemic too.
  13. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Long term, they are planning to build a much faster track as a track extension to West Harbour. Thus, stopping at West Harbour will actually speed up the trains, given the southern track will be the Metrolinx track. I know that CN and Metrolinx has to work together, but heck, maybe even...
  14. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    While it is true master plans are aspirational, and things gets added/bumped/removed, I need to lightheartedly scold you on complete dismissal of master plans. They aren’t fantasy maps, but have a purpose. Refurbishments includes change for compatibility. Dozens of overpasses in Metrolinx’s...
  15. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There's another Quick Fix solution that they were considering just right before the Pandemic. Unfortunately, we know what happened when March 2020 rolled around. Hopefully it still can get done, now that the brand new all-day West Harbour lights a massive spotlight on this? (Unless there's a...
  16. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The Metrolinx 2041 RTP shows 15 minute service to Hamilton downtown, so it is definitely in a Metrolinx master plan. Multiple sources confirm to me that multiple Hamilton stations will eventually get allday 2-way service. Toronto already has multiple, as does various GTHA municipalities such as...
  17. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    On the Union-Hamilton-Niagara service of the future: I think these extra trainsets are easily justified if they add the through-tracks at West Harbour GO station, to accomodate the extra traffic. Hamilton, a more major city than Oakville and Burlington, is still bypassed by the Niagara...
  18. mdrejhon

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I was once on a nonstop express GO train between Union to West Harbour that made it in a mere 47 minutes -- an actual special GO train. It was one of those PanAm 2015 Games express trains, that had a 30-minute late departure. It nearly completely made up for that time. I'll never forget that...
  19. mdrejhon

    Trackless Trams (BRT/LRT hybrid or alternative)

    In certain cases, trackless tram buses are great as upgrades for existing BRT. Many existing Transitways would be a great fit for similiar travehicles (whether driven or selfdriving) once ridership increases enough. Although LRTs are better for fresh builds, they can be an okay “Right Tool For...
  20. mdrejhon

    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    Please allow me to demonstrate the classic flip flop. <throws sandals in the air> ....When the LRT is predictably resurrected in a few years, we’ll be wondering why we’ve dithered for 15 years over it. Not as bad as some Toronto transit lines though, unless you include the 1980s SkyTrain...

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