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    Toronto | Residences at the RCMI Condos | 134.72m | 42s | Tribute | Zeidler

    Assuming standard window wall construction, the glass would be situated in front of what is called a back pan. Think of it as a metal liner supported on all four sides by the window wall framing. The back pan is fabricated of sheet metal, and its function is to support the insulation located at...
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    Downtown Toronto's pace of population growth triples, outpacing suburbs' as Echo Boom

    I dont think that there is cause to worry about increased wealth causing a decrease in population. Led by the echo boomers, Toronto is adopting a manhattan like mindset in which a house in the suburbs is undesirable, a car is a liability, and renting is done by choice. It is more likely that...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    When read along with the March, 2012 report, the latest report includes some really useful statistics concerning where people are actually going (in the year 2031). In summary: - Without the extension, there would still be 10,000 existing riders per hour heading southbound into Finch. - The...
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    York Region Transit: Viva service thread

    The proximity to the TTC has a huge impact on ridership south of highway 7. Stand at any major cross street along Steeles, and you'll see a steady flow of people getting dropped off from points north. I used to do this myself, and found that the majority of people boarding at the stop I was...
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    Toronto | Spadina Subway Extension Emergency Exits | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    My only complaint about this subway extension is that it is over-designed and should have run at or above grade for much of its length. Granted that downtown needs new subway lines more, don't be alarmed that the subway is going "so far north". If you overlaid London's subway map atop our own...
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    Are you guys referring to the blue material at the northwest corner? If so, that is not Tyvek, it is Blueskin, and I would seriously hope that it is not part of the finished roof assembly! Many metal roof systems do have an underlayment membrane installed beneath the metal panels, however...
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    Increased Density & Transit Usage

    Why not run the numbers for an office tower? 10,000 new workers in a super tall, of which a third take the TTC, of which 80% take the subway. For an office environment, rush hour is really only 2 hours. That means about 67 people per train at 20 trains per hour.
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    Boomtown Toronto: Trinity-Spadina Accounts for 26% of Population Growth

    That will only hold true for so long. The capacity of each sewer pipe, water main, water filtration plant, the streetcar network in general, and so on is finite. Eventually, that one extra condo will require the $2 billion dollar replacement of a major downtown trunk sewer, or the construction...
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    Toronto | Spadina Subway Extension Emergency Exits | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    When I had a car a few years ago, I calculated the daily cost to be about $25 per day, which is $175 per week. That included insurance, lease, gas, maintenance, and parking at my building. A metropass costs around $4.00 per day. Do the math - after commuting to work over the course of a week...
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    Toronto | Spadina Subway Extension Emergency Exits | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    Since we're on the subject, I will say that I've always thought that suburban mixed use (live/work/play) developments were counter productive. For one. Most people end up driving, even when they live 5 minutes away. For two, many people still don't end up working in their suburb even when jobs...
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    Public transportation is habit-forming — and that’s a problem!

    Not sure about that. A full bus generates a certain amount of fare revnue, but also has an operating cost which will almost always be higher than the fare revenue. As ridership grows, you simply have more and more buses (or streetcars, trains, and so on) operating at a loss. You are correct in...
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    Yonge and Bay one way?

    I am a big proponent of one way streets, but don't think that we really need our north-south streets to operate as such, both because traffic already flows well, and we already have Jarvis and University to carry the bulk of traffic. Reducing the width of Yonge to two lanes from the lake to St...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Whoa, cut the guy some slack! With a metrocard in New York City, you can: - start your 30 day pass on any day of the month; - start your 7 day weekly pass on any day of the week; - purchase it instantly from an automated booth in any subway station. The card itself is free; - have the same...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    Also, don't forget that Scarborough already has the subway, and has far superior GO service than any part of York Region.
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    Unfair comparison as every municipality in York Region (except for Newmarket) has vast swaths of farmland. The Yonge extension would be located in the most densely populated part of York Region. To be more accurate: Markham (Thornhill): 2350/km2 Vaughan (Thornhill): 3650/km2 Richmond Hill...
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    North Yonge development (York): Is Toronto a "NIMBY" to its northern neighbours?

    ATU and the new trains are supposed to increase capacity by what, 30%? There is no chance that the extension will boost ridership by 30% - that would require the extra riders from the various transit city lines, plus population growth. Even if the Yonge extension is built, I predict that in...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    What if York Region decided that instead of building LRT, they'd pony up additional cash to build a subway line instead, using their own money? Once said line was completed, suppose that they asked the TTC to continue their trains to Highway 7, since the infrastructure is now in place. If...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    Subway lines are built because at some point along that corridor, ridership is forecast to meet the minimum required threshold to justify subway infrastructure. Peak ridership near the ends of a subway line will always be lower than along the busiest point. If transit along Yonge was to...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    On the topic of a Richmond Hill versus Mississauga extension, I would say that it also comes down to what existing transit preferences and tendencies are for the people that live there. The Yonge subway is entrenched in transit culture up the central spine of York Region, whereas GO really...
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    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Funded/Planned)

    Based on the cost of a subway token, I just can't see GO charging $1.80 for a fare downtown. As for travel time, you won't find a slower GO line than Richmond Hill. It's 35 minutes downtown from Langstaff station at Yonge and 7. I believe that the subway would almost certainly be faster...