THe acceleration is irrelevant if they run them as they do now and wait til the train clears the station to accelerate all the way.Hey... here is a single point where ART might actually have a more impressive stats. I actually haven't found any numbers to confirm it but it is plausible. Is it worth the non-standard vehicles? LRTs can to 0-60mph in about 20 seconds which is faster than most people standing can handle. Taking off like a race-car isn't nice for granny who hasn't got to her seat yet. This isn't high-speed rail where everyone has a seat.
Not sure why Metrolinx is supporting an underground line pass Don Mills, the line can easily be elevated thus still respecting Mayor Fordâ€™s vision of keeping transit off surface roads. In addition what is the point of using low floor LRV's on the Eglinton line if itâ€™s never going to run on the streets anyways. Couldnâ€™t Metrolinx save additional money and time by converting the vehicles to a high floor train (not necessarily ICTS but small metro cars). This would also save time by not having to redoing all the existing station to low floor platforms on the SRT line.
1) The low floor LRVs are already ordered. Cancelling or changing that order will incur costs that might not be offset by the savings on the existing SRT platforms.
2) At this point, we don't know if the Don Mills - Kennedy section, or the section west of Black Creek, will run in the street median or completely separated. Construction on either section will not start within Ford's first term (till the end of 2014), and after that, all bets are open.
I thought they were just advocating for complete grade-separation. Are you sure they were the ones who specifically asked for it underground? That seems like a very Rob Ford-like demand.
Recently, I learned that Queen’s Park had offered $2b toward the Sheppard Subway provided that the Fords would allow the eastern part of Eglinton to remain on the surface, but this was turned down flat. So intransigent is the Mayor on the subject of incursion by transit into road space that the possibility of substantial funding for his pet project was not an option worth embracing.
Your story doesn't really jibe with Steve Munro's source that told him that, during negotiations, Metrolinx offered to contribute a couple of billion to the city's Sheppard project if the eastern section of the Eglinton LRT could be kept on the surface:
I just hope that when EA studies are once again commenced, Metrolinx realizes that elevating the line from Leslie to Victoria Park would have almost no impact to future development (in my opinion) and yet save approx a billion in costs as a result. They can then figure out if its best to extend the SRT to Sheppard or Malvern Town Centre as the original Transit City planned...
And if a Sheppard Station is built, surely this will provide relief for the eastern section of the Sheppard Bus and a new easy one-seat ride to the Yonge Subway...
But no doubt at all...Crosstown needs to be grade seperated because the future frequencies will render an at-grade route useless...