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Old August 29th, 2011, 05:48 AM   #1041
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Oh! so all these pages serve as hunting grounds for formulating experts' decisions aided by slanted reports
The educated person would then absorb and corroborate all these facts into a more informed choice. Don't expect it to feed to you automatically. That's why we all have the power of reason and knowledge - albeit how these are developed among people differs greatly.

Any piece of information you receive from anywhere would be inherently biased anyway. If you're looking for a truly unbiased piece of work in print, you won't likely find it.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 10:16 PM   #1042
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Old October 12th, 2011, 06:33 PM   #1043
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Workers were trapped in their machines in deadly accident at TTC site
Published On Tue Oct 11 2011
Toronto Star

How can a drilling rig weighing thousands of kilograms collapse?

It was one of the questions labour ministry investigators were scrambling to answer Tuesday when a construction worker was crushed to death and five others injured when a rig toppled onto two smaller machines at York University.

The accident happened at 2:40 p.m. at the future site of a new TTC subway station, next to the Schulich School of Business.

Minutes after the accident, the construction scene transformed into a frenzied rescue zone as crews tried to pull two trapped workers from machinery.

The construction worker who died was in his 20s and caught in one of the smaller machines. The driver of the big rig was trapped for almost 90 minutes and was taken to Sunnybrook hospital with serious injuries, including a broken femur.

Others were treated at the site.

Toronto police and the TTC would not say how many construction workers were at the site when the drilling rig toppled.

The rig is used to bore holes in the ground for foundation piles.

The new subway station is a joint venture of Obrascón Huarte Lain and FCC Construcción, two Spanish companies, said TTC spokesman Brad Ross.

It is part of an extension of the Spadina line from Downsview Station north into York Region.

OHL-FCC are responsible for safety measures at the site as well as any subcontracting, Ross added. The companies bagged the $400 million project earlier this year.

In addition to the York University station, their contract involves twin tunnels and construction of the Highway 407 station, including a 600-car parking lot.

“My understanding is that they had hired subcontractors for much of the work but we don't know who or how many,” Ross said, adding that work at the university started in July. “We know they were doing excavation.”

The companies could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

University staff and students gathered around the site's perimeter for much of the afternoon as the rescue drama unfolded.

Dozens of firefighters, police officers and fellow construction workers worked furiously to retrieve the two trapped men.

Firefighters climbed atop the massive overturned rig to reach the construction workers. At one point, an emergency surgical team was called to the site in case “a procedure” was needed to release the man trapped in the large rig.

EMS commander Arthur Graham said a emergency attendant stayed with the construction worker and set up an IV drip with pain medication while others worked to remove him from the overturned machine.

No surgical procedure was needed to pull him free, Graham said.

The accident site is now under the control of the labour ministry. An inspector and an engineer are investigating, said William Lin, a spokesman.

The body of the killed worker was recovered Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, a group of exhausted construction workers gathered at the west end of the construction zone shortly after 4 p.m., one of them sobbing. They were too distraught to speak to anyone.

Deanna Reid, a York University student who was at the site, said it was a miracle the drilling rig didn't kill or injure more people. “I've been seeing the rig for the past few days,” she said. “It's huge.”

Ross said he didn't know if the accident changes anything for the two Spanish companies.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 08:53 PM   #1044
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All these years now, it's as though there be something iffy about that youngest of branches there ...
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Old October 16th, 2011, 06:48 AM   #1045
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Hume: Along with shiny new subway cars, riders need a new attitude
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Published On Fri Oct 14 2011

Brand new subway trains, same old riders.

The Toronto Transit Commission’s recently acquired rolling stock is finally going into service. With their continuous interiors, wider doorways and user-friendly features, these vehicles are an obvious improvement over their predecessors.

The only thing that hasn’t changed is the passengers. The entrances might be larger, but that just allows more people to stand in the way, most often with grocery carts, strollers or backpacks in tow. Then there are the seat hogs, the aisle blockers, messy eaters, coffee spillers, sleepers, coughers, loud talkers, iPod listeners, mutterers, oblivious-to-all smartphone users ….

Compared with the retiring trains, the new ones hum along nicely, almost silently. Even before you board one of the old carriages — hundreds of them will remain in operation for several years — you’re likely to have suffered hearing loss from the squealing brakes that reverberate painfully in these enclosed spaces. And whatever you do, don’t touch the walls; the stains they leave can never be removed.

Surface transit is worse. After waiting the standard 10 to 15 minutes for a bus or streetcar, you must fight your way past the crowd stationed by the front of the vehicle, grimly to keep you from the empty seats at the back.

And when you do finally reach the rear, you discover those seats are vacant because someone spilled Coke that has dried to a point of stickiness so strong it can rip the shoes off your feet.

If Toronto were Tokyo, we’d have “doormen” pushing and shoving riders into subway cars. That wouldn’t please the entrance blockers, but at least others would have a helping hand getting aboard.

Last Thursday morning, TTC chair Karen Stintz announced the commission’s latest initiatives on the transit service front: a Customer Liaison Panel as well as a series of town hall meetings. Few would disagree with these moves, but much of the trouble results from passenger behaviour.

Perhaps it has something to do with North American attitudes towards public transit, widely viewed as necessary only for those who can’t afford to drive. And so transit’s rarely seen as a pressing issue. Indeed, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford rode to power largely on the basis of his roads-are-for-cars mentality.

The fact remains, however, that some TTC riders have no clue how to use transit. It’s the “public” part of public transit that seems to confound most of them, the idea that transit is shared. A man’s car may be his castle, but a seat on the subway is temporary accommodation. It belongs to everybody and, therefore, nobody.

Perhaps the commission should consider ways of inculcating riders with an enhanced sense of ownership, a program to reinforce notions of private responsibility and public accountability. Maybe passengers could be given discounts on MetroPasses in return to taking a short course on transit etiquette. It would teach the basics about how to get on and off TTC vehicles, where to sit and the need to be mindful of others.

Motherhood, for sure, but in the coming Transit Age, we will have to learn to deal with the neighbours.

The new and improved subway cars won’t inspire better behaviour. On the other hand, the TTC has survived it all, lurching along, perennially on the verge of break down. Maybe passengers have taken their cues from the governments who should fund the TTC but don’t. They have beggared the system and now blame it for being impoverished.

Even without taking a ride, they know what the problems are.

Christopher Hume can be reached at [email protected]
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Old October 20th, 2011, 12:31 AM   #1046
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Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown

I was just looking at the map
http://www.thecrosstown.ca/the-proje...tive-route-map
for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown.
Should there not be more stations along the way? At least 2 more?
At Bayview Ave and Victoria Park Ave for example?
What do you think?
If we go to the trouble of building a new line, better do it right from the start.

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(Is there already a thread for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown?)

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Old October 26th, 2011, 07:11 PM   #1047
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Consortium chosen to build rail link to Pearson airport
Published On Tue Oct 25 2011
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A consortium of major construction companies, including Aecon Group Inc., has been selected as the preferred bidder for completing the rail link between Pearson International Airport and Toronto’s downtown.

“The selection of AirLinx Transit Partners as the preferred bidder is the result of an open, fair and competitive procurement process, which was overseen by a fairness adviser, “ Infrastructure Ontario said in making the announcement.

Infrastructure Ontario, a Crown corporation, manages some of the province’s larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects

Metrolinx, the Ontario government agency that looks after public transportation in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton area, will own and operate the air rail line, or ARL, providing express rail service between two of Canada’s busiest transportation hubs — Pearson Airport and Toronto Union Station.

Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx will now begin negotiating contract details with the preferred bidder.

The cost of the project, which includes designing, building and financing a passenger station and rail line, is to be announced following completion of negotiations and financial close, both expected in early 2012.

Construction of the rail link is expected to begin in spring 2012 and be completed in time for the 2015 Pan American Games.

The rail link will branch off the Weston Subdivision (GO Georgetown corridor) and connect to Toronto Pearson with a new passenger station at Terminal 1.

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Old October 29th, 2011, 12:57 AM   #1048
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About time! What other so called world class city doesn't have a rail link to it's airport? I wonder what the rolling stock will be.
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Old October 29th, 2011, 02:35 AM   #1049
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About time! What other so called world class city doesn't have a rail link to it's airport? I wonder what the rolling stock will be.
New York (unless you count AirTrain) and Los Angeles.
Good for Toronto though. Like you, I've always felt that major cities with rail lines should be connected to their airports.
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Old October 29th, 2011, 07:27 AM   #1050
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New York (unless you count AirTrain) and Los Angeles.
Good for Toronto though. Like you, I've always felt that major cities with rail lines should be connected to their airports.
Haha, I suppose both of those could be classed as major cities!

I remember reading that in some U.S cities the taxi drivers unions lobby against building such links, I wonder if Toronto has any of these issues.
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Old October 29th, 2011, 08:48 PM   #1051
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New York (unless you count AirTrain) and Los Angeles.
Good for Toronto though. Like you, I've always felt that major cities with rail lines should be connected to their airports.
AirTrain absolutely counts, why wouldnt it? LGA has no rail connections though.

And in LA, Bob Hope is served by rail. And there are plans to connect LAX to rail as well. So Toronto is really the on one who has NO airport connected by rail.
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Old November 5th, 2011, 09:05 AM   #1052
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AirTrain absolutely counts, why wouldnt it? LGA has no rail connections though.

And in LA, Bob Hope is served by rail. And there are plans to connect LAX to rail as well. So Toronto is really the on one who has NO airport connected by rail.
RE: New York (JFK) and Bob Hope, I thought we were talking about municipal rapid transit systems, not people movers or commuter systems.

I know there are plans to extend the Green Line (I believe) to LAX. but as of right now there's nothing.

Went back and looked at it, and I can add Denver, Houston, San Diego, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Buffalo to the "no rail connection to airport" list. We can debate about how "world-class" most of those cities are, but they do have major airports serving rather large metros... and of these that I just listed, Denver, Charlotte, Houston, and Phoenix are routinely busier than Toronto (by passenger volume).

All the more reason for them to get rail connections, I think.
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AirTrain connects to rapid transit system. And why shouldnt commuter rails count.
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AirTrain connects to rapid transit system. And why shouldnt commuter rails count.
Fair enough on AirTrain.

Also, I just looked back at the article and saw that the link to the airport was an extension of GO, not TTC. We can count commuter rail then... that was my oversight.
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Denver is builsing an electric DMU line to it's airport. It however, unlike the Pearon line, will be part of the regular transit system so regular people and workers can use it unlike Toronto's.
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Old November 22nd, 2011, 11:05 PM   #1057
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EMU and DMU candidates for Denver

I immediately thought of Yonge station, reading this part ... Yonge station ought to be double-decked, is what I have in mind
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 10:21 AM   #1058
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Yonge subway trains resume service
Published On Tue Nov 22 2011
Toronto Star

Subway trains on the Yonge line have resumed service after a brief delay that lasted approximately 20 minutes.

Trains were initially operating slowly after resuming service, and TTC officials said that shuttle buses were “running to augment service.”

The shuttle buses have now cleared and normal service has resumed on the Yonge-University-Spadina line.

Train service had to shut down earlier from Eglinton to Union stations due to a power situation at Davisville and signal problems at Bloor.
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Old November 24th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #1059
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Has anyone heard about this plan to send old TTC cars to Nigeria for use in the future Lagos metro?
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Old November 24th, 2011, 03:57 AM   #1060
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Has anyone heard about this plan to send old TTC cars to Nigeria for use in the future Lagos metro?
Yes - this was reported in the local press back in September :

TTC subway cars bound for Nigeria

The old cars will be refurbished and converted to operate in Lagos. Some of these old cars date from the late 70's.
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