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    Yonge and Bay one way?

    So, if I'm coming from the East End and I want to get to work at King and Bay (as many people do) I get on a King or Queen car, and I get off at Richmond and Bay and walk down to King St. This is not going to save me any time.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    To be fair, Tri-Rail is different from GO. It runs a single line down the middle of a linear region, with several mid-size downtowns along its route generating two-way demand, and not focused on any one destination (like Union). Many of the stations are located in, or near, commercial areas...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Its about an hour and 45 minutes on the train to Barrie, and it would be another 45 minute bus ride to Wasaga Beach, so if you assume a 15 minute cushion for transfers, thats 2 hrs and 45 minutes. If the train skipped a few minor suburban stops it might cut down the total time to 2.5 hours...
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    Yonge and Bay one way?

    All of these one-way schemes require a dense network of streets so that whatever direction or mode you eliminate from one street can be included in a nearby parallel route. This works great in places like Vancouver, New York, Portland, etc. where there is a consistent fine-grain street grid, or...
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    Yonge and Bay one way?

    Tracks on Church and Victoria are used for short turning eastbound streetcars after they have dropped everyone off at subway stations, as well as diversions when necessary. Its a useful piece of track that the TTC is unlikely to give up without a fight.
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    Yonge and Bay one way?

    There are a couple problems with this but the biggest one for me is the transition from the two-way Yonge in midtown to the one-way Yonge. Driving southbound from St. Clair, how do cars get over to Bay to continue traveling southbound? It would be challenging to direct all that traffic through...
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    I agree. The ugliness of the train shed space comes more from the dirt and grime thats accumulated, along with the ugly signage, irregular stairs and elevator cores, and all the other junk thats accumulated over the years. Clean it, light it, and be happy with what history has given us.
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    Metrolinx: Sheppard East LRT (In Design)

    I'm also a little disappointed that we won't have any sections up and running before the next municipal election. It will be a key issue, and we deserve an example so we can make an informed choice on whether to support TC or not. At the very least, Metrolinx needs to get an LRV or two and...
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    Toronto Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    The weston sub shares the corridor space with the CP Mactier sub between the West Toronto Junction and north of Weston. Thats the mainline to western canada, so it presumably carries some hazardous freight. In any case, although it doesn't share any tracks with GO, a major derailment could block...
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    Roads: Increase Ontario 400-series Highway Speed Limit

    This falls into the category of not taking unnecessary political risks. It doesn't seem like there's a groundswell of support for this, considering we all know 120 is already the unofficial speed limit. The last thing the Liberals need is a couple months of every speed-related crash being blamed...
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    Toronto Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport | ?m | ?s | Ports Toronto | Arup

    There's really no convenient airport in New York. Flying into LGA or JFK would be better for some people, but worse for others. At least EWR has the option of a reasonable transit link to midtown. It seemed like Porter's initial US expansion strategy was to focus on the cities with convenient...
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    Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study

    I can't imagine that bike path is particularly well-used, or worth keeping. Neighbourhood cyclists would be better off with a decent bike lane on Don Mills Road, or even Leslie. The corridor is 100' wide according to a map I have. (30.48m)
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    What happened to smart growth?

    I would say this boils down to a lack of regional government in the GTA/Golden Horseshoe. Brampton knows it can't reject office developments on sites that are unlikely to ever have good transit service because if it says no, that development will just go down the road to another greenfield site...
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    Design considerations of in median surface transit ROW

    Maybe this isn't a concern on Sheppard or the golden mile with so few pedestrians, but on St. Clair I think its often easier to turn left only at intersections. It used to be that you wait in the left lane, blocking other traffic, waiting for gaps in oncoming traffic and pedestrians. Now you...
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    Toronto Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport | ?m | ?s | Ports Toronto | Arup

    The tunnel would end up being at least 800m long, and connect to arguably the most remote corner of the islands. It would have limited use for people living on the east end of the island, and as bad as it is waiting for the ferry on a busy summer weekend, I can't imagine walking through a long...
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    Ottawa Confederation Line LRT (City of Ottawa, U/C)

    City Hall is a 650m walk to Campus station, the corner of Laurier and King Edward is 500m from Campus Stn., DND is 520m from Rideau. The stop spacings are 860m (campus-rideau), 860m (rideau-dt east), 410m (dt e-dt w), 1100m (dt w-lebreton). Thats hardly 'huge'. By moving Rideau they provide...
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    Roads: Increase Ontario 400-series Highway Speed Limit

    I agree that the mentality of driving 10-20 or more above the speed limit is a result of Ontario's high design standards for roads. Its just as difficult to follow the 50 kph limit on some suburban arterials, or the 80 kph limit on the rural highway 10 to orangeville. The MTO has always been...
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    Transit City surface stop spacing poll Page 8 of this document shows origins and destinations (roughly) for the Finch West bus route, though they aren't paired. The 'one size fits all' approach...
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    Brampton Transit/Zum

    "rapid" is a relative term. Compared to a subway, Zum doesn't qualify as rapid transit, but compared to typical suburban bus service, it qualifies. Yes, its really just a limited-stop route, with modest infrastructure upgrades. But its faster, more frequent, more comfortable, and more reliable...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    One of the reasons people in Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge have switched from Greyhound to GO (bus) is service and reliability. In my own experience Greyhound is almost always late, sometimes considerably. And GO service extends directly to the Universities, and is scheduled to serve student...