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  1. DirectionNorth

    Canada and the World

    An edited version of the funding table in Appendix A. Am I the only person who thinks this is very backloaded? The current government doesn't want to fund it, and the next government will cancel everything anyways. That's my read on this situation. Can't say I'm impressed with this (again...
  2. DirectionNorth

    Sheppard Line 4 Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Ford's other transit projects have been very big. As I see it: "If we're already spending $1+ billion to go to Victoria Park, may as well make it go the whole way. Subways, subways, subways!" - someone in the Ford government, probably I see a full subway, probably bundled with...
  3. DirectionNorth

    Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    Canada has a long and illustrious history with high speed rail, especially in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, with dozens of studies ... I mean, improvements since the 1970s. Find out all about them, and more, in my new and 100% factual video!
  4. DirectionNorth

    London Rapid Transit (In-Design)

    The mandate of Metrolinx, from the Minister's office straight to Metrolinx HQ. I'm not against expanding the mandate, but the argument presented, as it stands, is simply not supported by logic or evidence. Or political will, which is a much bigger barrier than anything else I've listed.
  5. DirectionNorth

    PM Justin Trudeau's Canada

    No, the LPC's biggest weakness is their total inaction on the cost of living and housing file.
  6. DirectionNorth

    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Quick ask - does anyone know of a (readable) map which shows all U/C or completed projects as part of RER works? (ie. station revamps, extensions, grade separations, double tracks, etc.) If not, is there some kind of database that exists for that kind of thing? Thanks in advance.
  7. DirectionNorth

    Premier Doug Ford's Ontario

    To me, this reads more like Ford waffling on density. Many of Ford's actions are extremely pro-housing (or pro-developer, depending on who you ask) - MZOs, expansion of urban boundaries and the Greenbelt (which was rolled back, typical Ford), elimination of SFH zoning, and extra cash attached to...
  8. DirectionNorth

    PM Justin Trudeau's Canada

    Canada was built as a more compassionate version of America. There’s riches to be found down south, but they won’t support you like we did. Now, we get all the benefits of American social systems with none of the advantages. We sold the next generation’s future for the increased value of a...
  9. DirectionNorth

    London Rapid Transit (In-Design)

    Therein lies the problem. This province loves cheaping out and building low-value projects. Dump the money where it shouldn't go. -- It is a bit silly, but I think the frustration stems from a (perceived) lack of attention in regional transit outside of the GTA. People see GO in the GTA, they...
  10. DirectionNorth

    London Rapid Transit (In-Design)

    With that said, if there were some commuter bus network that were to be formed in London, I wonder if GO may be able to operate it. Institutional knowledge, and all that. Obviously, this would need expansion of funding and some kind of satellite facilities setup. It may or may not be worth...
  11. DirectionNorth

    Intercity Bus Services

    According to @ShonTron's excellent intercity transit map (link), four currently - Red Arrow, Flixbus, Rider Express, and Megabus - in addition to VIA Rail service.
  12. DirectionNorth

    Time Zones and Daylight Savings

    This post is obviously written by someone who has only ever lived in Toronto their entire life. There is very significant cross-border commuting in Ottawa. A timezone change would be a massive headache for the province's second largest city (something like 5% of that city works in QC; Gatineau...
  13. DirectionNorth

    Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

    I found the image on the Toronto Archives site: the photograph was taken by 1963. =&ProcessID=6000_3363(0)&KeyValues=KEY_126858']Image link Edit: apparently the website has a session timeout. I did not know that. The images can be found, under the Eric Trussler fonds. Series 648, file 129. (I...
  14. DirectionNorth

    Brampton Transit/Zum

    Brampton Transit is indeed had the highest growth; 40.9 million riders in 2023 versus 31.9 million in 2019, a 28% increase (which is very good even without COVID). Other suburban agencies are not doing so bad though. Miway is at 44.7 million riders, a 8% increase from 2019. Hamilton is at 19.1...
  15. DirectionNorth

    Mississauga Toronto | Hurontario-Main Line 10 LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    If we're not doing a full agency merger, I don't think a full renumbering passes the cost-benefit analysis. Simply not enough benefit, even if the cost is very low (compared to capital projects). Basically a waste of energy compared to even other wayfinding improvements we could roll out. A...
  16. DirectionNorth

    TTC: Streetcar Network

    Here's part two. Ahead of the Crosstown LRT! Take that, Phil Verster! Ha! We return to our irregularly scheduled programming of cities you've barely heard of and couldn't care less about.
  17. DirectionNorth

    Canada and the World

    I read this article in the Ottawa Citizen about military procurement. Interesting read - what do you think of it, @kEiThZ? Ottawa Citizen: Ottawa’s 1980s system of buying weapons is no match for 21st-century warfare: Canada Undefended
  18. DirectionNorth

    Lack of meaningful Passenger Rail service outside the Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    I'm not a fan of the Metrolinx Garage-Mahal strategy. It's not even about park and rides themselves; the occasional P&R is fine to serve very low density areas with no rationale for connecting transit service. I also prefer a car trip to Oakville GO and onto the LSW, rather than down the...
  19. DirectionNorth

    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    As I argued for longer stop spacing on Eglinton, I will argue for shorter stop spacing on Finch. Finch West LRT is not rapid transit. It’s a high capacity, high(er) reliability replacement for a local bus service that left riders behind with 15+ trips/hour. I don’t disagree that the route...
  20. DirectionNorth

    2022/24 Russian-Ukrainian War

    We have been proving over and over again that we are non-serious about national defence. Never mind welfare and healthcare, if I were American, I’d just be pissed how little other NATO countries were spending on their own defense.