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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I have never been confident that the ML staff who were designing the Kitchener electrification were having much contact with the ML staff who were negotiating access rights with CN. Left hand, right hand is a ML trait. Electrifying to Kitchener had momentum back when the “Missing Link” idea saw...
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    FastLane: Gil Penalosa’s transit platform for Toronto

    I would expect this plan will be subjected to the same “modification” that the last mayor’s proposal was. Does anyone remember how Smarttrack started? Buried in the plan is some insight - in the sense that the corridors identified do generally require upgrading. Personally I would like to see...
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    Toronto | GO Transit: Davenport Diamond Grade Separation | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    ^That render does seem to suggest that the steel span gives more vertical clearance than the concrete span north of it does. Maybe that's part of the reason. I hope that the span being poured does retain the H shape so there is an opening in its middle. - Paul
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I wasn’t taking a position, so much as trying to operate within ML’s original rationale, right or wrong. There are many jurisdictions where the entire GO network would already have been electrified end to end. Many of us posters would be absolutely supportive of doing so. Rightly or wrongly, ML...
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    VIA Rail

    Just for the record, how wide will the VIA seats be? Brightline offers 19 inch in coach. Is Amtrak’s version comparable? Here’s an interesting article dwelling in changes in the Brightline offering over time. Sounds a lot like the changes in Porter amenities since their startup. My take...
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    Toronto | GO Transit: Davenport Diamond Grade Separation | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    I’m a little perplexed as to why they would pour a headwall rather than just extend the golf-tee style guideway south over Wallace. Perhaps they need a span over the roadway that is longer than the pre-poured concrete method will permit and/or heavier than the round pillars can support.. To my...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Electrification is only being seriously pursued where there are plans for sufficient frequency of trains and/or enough stops are being made in a short distance to demand the acceleration and braking. We may assume there will be frequency, but ML may not actually plan that to be the case, at...
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    Toronto | GO Transit: Davenport Diamond Grade Separation | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    ^I suspect that by “Newmarket North” @Krypto98 was referring to Washago to North Bay. (Washago to Gravenhurst was CTC until a few years ago) - Paul
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Lots of work on the stations, yes…. But that last creek bridge shows no sign of forward motion. When I rode thru there today, there was not a construction worker on site….. but the worksite now has a homeless encampment on it. Until the double track is completed, the new station platforms are...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    IIRC they hit surprise pockets of softer shale, which tended to bring down the ceiling of the excavation beyond what harder rock would have done. - Paul
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    A similar situation happened with the “Big Becky” Niagara tunnel project. Its TBM encountered rock conditions that were different than what had been assumed/documented. Tunnelling came to a standstill for a time. The contractor took the position that this was an unforeseen that was outside the...
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    Is Andy Byford, the new TTC GM, the leader we've been waiting for?

    Sorry, but my purely speculative opinion is that Byford is now too big a catch for the GTA, either TTC or ML. He is destined for a bigger pond. And with little or no evidence of the political will in Ontario to make tough decisions, why would he come ? My totally unfounded bet is that he turns...
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    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    I’m not sure the riders’ intelligence have any bearing on this discussion. It is amazing how you can put a bunch of professionals in a conference room with a consultant, and suddenly mythical concepts emerge that describe in great detail the minutest aspects of the behaviour of angels perched...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Actually, the bulk of the project did execute fairly smoothly. The thing that hurts is how so much of the line is now sitting ready to use, but is held up by non-completion in some specific places. Covid may have had effects, but it would be interesting to know how well the labour supply held...
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Actually, TTC did the same thing with TYSSE. They waited until the overrun added up to about $450M before they publicly announced a delay. They must have known earlier, when the overrun was only say $200M, or $300M. Part of that pause however was figuring out a recovery plan so when they came...
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    Hoverlink - Toronto to Niagara Hovercraft service starting 2023

    The more I look at the map, the more I wonder where along the shoreline a hovercraft terminal could be built without some modification to the breakwalls and/or intrusion into parkland. One wonders what level of EA is necessary in light of those impacts and intrusions. If someone is suggesting...
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    Autonomous Shuttle Buses | York Region

    ^Saw those little vehicles all over Italy when we were last there. Invaluable in places where roads are extremely narrow. I would see those as exactly what GO needs to get past the first/last mile Giant Parking Garage problem….. they would be perfect to penetrate the suburbs around GO stations...
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    Metrolinx: Other Items (catch all)

    I’m neither a lawyer or an accountant, but I continue to wonder what obligation ML has to disclose project status and known risks/impacts in its annual financial statements, and what obligation/duty its auditors have when they certify same publicly. Verster’s announcement at this late date...
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    And let’s not forget Bowmanville, and West Harbour/Confederation. - Paul
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I’m in total sympathy with the frustration over GO scheduling generally,…… but in fairness… accomplish the construction side of GO Expansion, a weekend outage or two is going to have to happen. The test ought to be whether the construction forces get everything done that they put on the...