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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    There isn't any more to the story. A broken rail is not a regular occurrence, but it certainly isn't uncommon, either. But to make matters worse, those switches at Museum are non-standard meaning that there is a very good chance that there is less of a parts stockpile for them than there are...
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    Toronto Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Mt Pleasant is too, and it received an occupancy permit about a year ago. I would not assume that a particular station having an occupancy permit would be reason enough to stop preventing the general public from accessing the property yet. Dan
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    What do you think? They talk about adding 1.2 miles to it. Dan
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There's only two (VIA) stations in that stretch, Georgetown and Brampton. Georgetown is on the south, and Brampton is on the north. At Brampton, Bramalea and Mount Pleasant there are multiple platform faces, so it's much easier to route trains. But at Silver the Guelph Sub comes off of the...
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Then they lied to you. VIA hoggers make more-or-less the same as CN ones, but have the added benefit of knowing where they will be sleeping at night. A lot of those lies come from jealousy, by the way. Dan
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    Not complex at all. There is a step bolted to the outside of the car just below the door threshold. It would have to be replaced with a new one mounted higher - and in line with the door threshold. Dan
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    Ontario Northland/Northern Ontario Transportation

    Because they are not adding a small siding. They are extending an existing one to make it more useful. Dan
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    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    There are no conductors on VIA Rail. Dan
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Basically anything that you can conceive is on the table. All trains stopping everywhere, half of the trains operating as expresses with the other half as locals, skip-stop, etc. No, they will not be operating the Lakeshore trains with shorter sets. Well, perhaps operating more L10 sets over...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I'm still waiting on more details, but the big one that I've been told about is a return to the 15 minute off-peak service from Oshawa to Oakville. My understanding is that this is also to include weekend mid-days as well this time around. I'm aware of a bunch of potential service patterns...
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    VIA Rail

    VIA has been talking about the long distance fleet since the early 1980s.....that's more than 40 years by my count. Just because you are ignorant of it doesn't mean that it hasn't been happening. Dan
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    Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Calgary absolutely, positively does still have a station, and it is within the downtown. Edmonton does have a station, but it is located several miles north of downtown. Dan
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    Something to consider when looking at stops.... Transit planners will try to actively service as many schools as possible along a corridor. And they will go out of their way to put a stop as close to a school as they can. The reason is not because schools are great trip generators - they are...
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    Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    It's a pretty common thing to do in the community, as there is a feeling of urgency of passing along the news so that others can benefit from it. He may still be planning on being out for several more hours, and so would lose that urgency if he was to wait to get home and download the images. Dan
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    I suppose that you would know better than most here, but historically Hydro (both provincially and locally) has been extremely hostile to other, outside organizations asking them to move or modify their fixed plant. I can think of at least a half-dozen reports commissioned over the years from...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Historically, students were more likely to make the trek back home for Thanksgiving, as that is the first holiday after the start of classes. As well, in certain programs, reading week is also a time for exams. Thus, the students in those classes must stay. Dan
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    Perhaps things have changed by now, but when I was in high school I went to an out-of-zone school in a particular program which was the only one in the area that offered that program. So long as we were enrolled in the program, we were given tickets - we didn't have to ask for them. Dan
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    So what are the other options then? How is it possible to speed up the service and not remove stops - and therefore, access - to the line? Dan
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    That's unlikely. Vaughan operates quite a bit below it's maximum capacity limit, plus CP still owns more land around it to expand it again should they need. I'm well aware of the layout of the trackage, thanks. The historic reason why GO operated on the north side of the corridor was because...
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    The percentage of riders that don't read a blog such as this is far higher than 98%. It's not a false dichotomy, it's a function of the purpose of the line. Not all rapid transit lines are equal. One thing that a lot of people seem to miss is the whole question of access. Standing at the...

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