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Old January 24th, 2017, 11:50 PM   #2061
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The TTC seems to like cream coloured walls. It always reminds me of a ceiling that's been stained from decades of cigarette smoking. Not a good choice imo.
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Toronto Pearson transit hub proposed
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CANADA: Greater Toronto Airports Authority has announced plans for a regional transit centre to be developed at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

GTAA says that more than 300 000 people work in the area around the airport, making it the second-largest employment zone in Canada. However, poor public transport options mean that around 90% of people travelling to or from the area use private cars or taxis

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Old February 11th, 2017, 07:28 AM   #2063
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Bombardier taking Metrolinx to court
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Bombardier is taking Metrolinx to court over the transit agency’s “threat” to cancel a $770-million contract for light rail vehicles.

According to a statement from Bombardier, the Quebec-based company filed an injunction against Metrolinx with the Ontario Superior Court on Friday.

The statement cited Metrolinx’s “unjustified threats to terminate our contract.”

“Bombardier has taken this action to protect our employees, protect our legal rights and to allow for the on-time delivery of light rail vehicles to the people of Toronto,” it said.

Metrolinx responded in a statement of its own, in which the provincially-owned transit agency said it was “disappointed” Bombardier had taken legal action.

“We have been frank in sharing our reservations about their ability to deliver vehicles on time and to a level of quality we expect,” the statement said.

“Bombardier’s focus should be on getting the all the vehicles delivered on schedule and with the quality expected, not on legal proceedings of this nature.”

Bombardier’s legal gambit comes three months after Metrolinx issued the company a notice of intention to cancel its contract for up to 182 light rail vehicles.

The two parties reached a deal in 2010 for Metrolinx to purchase the cars, which were to run on the Eglinton Crosstown, Finch West and other Toronto-area light rail lines.

But the order has been plagued by delays.

Bombardier has not yet delivered a pilot vehicle Metrolinx says was scheduled to arrive almost two years ago, and the transit agency has publicly expressed concerns about allowing any problems with the order to affect the opening of the Crosstown, which is scheduled for 2021.

In its statement, Bombardier blamed Metrolinx for the setbacks, asserting that the agency has changed the scope and technical specifications of the project “countless times.”

The company claimed the pilot vehicle was finished, but Metrolinx has refused to take delivery.

“The simple truth is (Bombardier is) fully capable of delivering its trains on time,” the statement said.

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Old February 14th, 2017, 03:42 AM   #2064
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Seems good. Hope American cities could build more rail transit
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Old February 28th, 2017, 10:33 PM   #2065
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"Cost of Scarborough subway extension rises to $3.35B"

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Old March 25th, 2017, 07:00 PM   #2066
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Old April 4th, 2017, 06:58 AM   #2067
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Scarborough subway moves forward as Tory rejects value-for-money analysis
Subway advocates say the time for study is done, even as city staff confirm they have never compared the one-stop subway extension with a competing plan for light-rail transit.
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March 28, 2017

Mayor John Tory and his allies have rejected a request for a value-for-money comparison between the proposed one-stop subway extension and a light-rail alternative before voting to move forward with the $3.35 billion subway plan.

“We’ve got to get on with this,” Tory told reporters after the vote Tuesday night, following arguments he made at council that no one would doubt it was a wise investment decades from now. “I think there’s been plenty of sources of information put in front of people.”

For hours earlier on the floor of the council chamber, city staff — including the head of the public service, city manager Peter Wallace — repeatedly explained they had been directed by council to bring forward a subway plan and that they had never been directed to do the comparison with an LRT, nor had it ever been provided.

Asked if it was possible to conclude the subway is better value for money, Wallace said, “We obviously would not know the answer to that in advance of doing the work.”

Councillor Josh Matlow made a motion to ask staff to provide that business case analysis. The motion failed 27 to 17 without Tory’s support.

Council voted 26 to 18 to advance the design work of a 6.2-kilometre subway tunnel aligned with McCowan Ave. to the Scarborough Town Centre.

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Old April 5th, 2017, 02:05 AM   #2068
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They absolutely have to have at least one additional stop on that subway extension. That is why so many are advocating for Light Rail, to have more local stops. Does the plan at least consider the possibility of infill stops?
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Old April 5th, 2017, 03:21 AM   #2069
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Does the plan at least consider the possibility of infill stops?
I'd like to know too. This needs to get built so that extra stations can be added if needed.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 04:49 AM   #2070
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I'd like to know too. This needs to get built so that extra stations can be added if needed.
Seems unlikely, the only other site for an intermediate station has been ruled out.

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Old April 5th, 2017, 08:59 AM   #2071
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Good grief, why can't we build things right the first time. The whole reason we're in this multi-billion dollar re-do is because Toronto and Scarborough didn't have the sense to build a continuous line in the first place. In 10 years from now we'll start a new debate about how to add stations to this thing ...if that debate hasn't started already.

Tax payers shouldn't have to do the same piece of infrastructure twice. This one will end up being done 3 times at the minimum.
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Old April 5th, 2017, 05:37 PM   #2072
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still can't swallow the idea of a 7 km tunnel with a station at the end and not even a study on how to add stations down the line. But I like how they are determined to build this and other projects. I find our ways strange though: lines we have studied and refined ad nauseum never get built, haphazard poorly thought out projects move fast.
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Old April 6th, 2017, 03:38 AM   #2073
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a Lawrence station can be added later a la North York Centre. When the subway was first built in the 1970's it ran straight to Finch, but they later dug out the tunnel and built an additional station.

Also, the existing line to Scarborough centre has local stops, and they have essentially no ridership. Or at least very, very low. 90% of the ridership at minimum is going to Scarborough Centre.
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I think ridership is more a planning issue. Areas around stations probably need to be rezoned to add clusters of high density.
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a Lawrence station can be added later a la North York Centre. When the subway was first built in the 1970's it ran straight to Finch, but they later dug out the tunnel and built an additional station.
North York Centre was only possible because the the alignment and design planned for the station to be built in the future. In addition to that section being shallow cut and cover which is not the case here. The Scarborough line will be deep bore and the nearby West Highland Creek is already making things complicated without a station. Sure a station can be shoehorned into any section of the line but it will not be as easy, cheap and simple as North York Center.
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Court backs Bombardier in Ontario LRV dispute
20 Apr 2017



CANADA: Ontario provincial transport authority Metrolinx cannot immediately cancel a contract with Bombardier Transportation for the supply of 182 light rail vehicles without compensating the manufacturer, a court ruled on April 19.

Metrolinx had launched legal proceedings against Bombardier over what it claimed were a series of delays to the production of the LRVs, which would be used on a series of new and expanded urban rail corridors around Toronto, including the Eglinton Crosstown line. Metrolinx and Bombardier signed the C$770m contract in 2010

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Old April 21st, 2017, 04:07 AM   #2078
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Bombardier said it was "very pleased" about the decision, per the article.

I've only ever visited Toronto a few times and certainly heard enough stories on here about the city's history with transit blunders but the scale of this one is a bit impressive.

Anyone with a legal background want to do an 'explain it like i'm five' on this? All I can think of is how many times both of them are late on the delivery of their projects, Bombardier especially. A public development agency is usually wrong about their completion dates from the outset. Something is delayed by funding sources, NIMBYS, or during construction.

Whole story sounds like something out of the Seattle / Bertha project... though did they actually sue or threaten?
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Earlier this month (on April 3), Toronto Mayor John Tory stated that the proposed Downtown Relief Line will not begin construction without any funding from the provincial government of Ontario, given the magnitude of the project.
http://www.680news.com/2017/04/03/to...vincial-money/

It was also reported (on April 12) that part of the new Relief line will now run under Carlaw Avenue. This is because the initial route under Pape Avenue has more single-family homes, and Carlaw Avenue is a minor arterial road with mid-rise residential and retail offices, and therefore it has twice as many residents as Pape Avenue.
https://www.thestar.com/news/city_ha...arlaw-ave.html

I hope everything regarding the Relief Line (stations, alignment, etc.) will get finalized before any construction starts on it.
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Old April 24th, 2017, 11:09 AM   #2080
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The 400-tonne tunnel-boring machine that's dug more than three kilometres through the city for the Eglinton Crosstown project started to be pulled out of the ground Monday - 13.03.2017.



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Eglinton Crosstown LRT tunnel boring machines heading from Eglinton Crosstown construction to the new Yonge and Eglinton LRT line.

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The Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) project marked another significant milestone. On March 13, 2017, Metrolinx began the process of extracting the tunnel boring machines (TBM) from the completed east tunnels near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. TBM Don was the first to ascend, his cutter head taking the first step. Watch this great time-lapse video of cutter head’s journey to the surface.

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