My point is how many different big projects we are building - let alone planning. As impressive as REM is - as far as I know, it's the only major project underway in Montreal - with the next biggest being the Orange Line yard expansion north of Cote Vertu, and perhaps the new pedestrian tunnel at Vendome station - or have they both finished now? Did I forget something (other than the "REM East" that's not finalized yet ... and perhaps the 5 station Blue line extension is finally a go? - I can't keep track after 40 years of announcements).Toronto/Ontario has studied line after line and canceled them all one after another. (Queens Streetcar Subway, GO ALRT, Hamilton RT, etc)
They literally had it on the Metro map (to Montreal Nord!) in the early 1980s, with the same black dots as the Orange Line where they put on white circular stickers as new stations opened!The Montreal Metro Blue Line extension only proves my point: they didn't cut the red tape for it as they did for the REM and now it is delayed because they cant expropriate the land.
Piecemeal yes, ad hoc no (well not much). Like anything else, it will never be done - they are still opening Tube stations in London after 150 years! But much of the work to get 5 of the 7 lines to RER should be finished within the decade. My understanding is they intend to announce the main contract before the election; the RFP is completed, and I've heard rumblings they are negotiating with their first choice.The GO Expansion/RER is being built ad hoc and piecemeal and will take decades to complete. And contracts haven't been signed yet to complete it. Unlike the REM which is a turnkey all-in-one project that has a set defined deadline.
A 60-metre long (expandable to 90-metre) tram? Is the Edmonton LRT also just a tram? What about the Gold and Blue lines in Los Angeles?The Crosstown LRT is just a tram.
Mostly because of the complexities of assigning Waterfront Toronto money. It's seems a bit biased though to ignore that TTC has funded the major expansions of Queens Quay and Union underground streetcar platforms.Waterfront East LRT has a target date and no funding
I'm not sure where you are hearing that. Not only is it in the latest TTC capital budget - it's (too my surprise!) funded - along with the expansion of King station.St.George expansion is not on any of the books or plans.
The current dozen or so under-construction projects - yes (though the work at College, at least, exceeds what is required for either accessibility or second exit).And the exit and mezzanine plans are to add disability and fire code compliance because there is a deadline by law.