Agreed... if you're spending much more than $100M per km and still using LRT you have to question the technology choices.Adding onto my earlier post,
Spending billions to put an LRT underground is utterly stupid, if a line needs to be underground for about the same distance ECLRT runs underground than it should be heavy rail only.
LRT has its purpose, but it shouldn't be used as a subway.
Everything about this line is a mess.
Isn't it going to be replaced with GO RER anyway?UPX is quite expensive, not everyone has the luxury to pay for it. Eglinton West as a result fulfills demand to the airport for people travelling outside the immediate downtown. Furthermore, even though there will be an UP Express station at Mt. Dennis, given that it only runs once every 15 minutes, in many cases it will probably be faster to take a grade separated Eglinton West to the airport, rather than changing at Mt. Dennis. Don't forget as well, the Airport is the largest employment center in the city. There is definitely a lot of demand.
UPE has to be expensive to manage demand given the trainsets and frequency they are using.