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Old October 5th, 2012, 02:10 AM   #1161
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Old October 21st, 2012, 02:19 AM   #1162
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The Toronto Transit Commission has set a new 12 month ridership record. From October 3, 2011 to October 2, 2012, the TTC carried just over 510 million riders. By the end of this year, the TTC expects to have carried 514 million riders, with a projected ridership of 528 million in 2013.

The TTC has taken steps to add extra service to meet the increase in ridership. In September and October, the TTC increased service on 77 subway, streetcar and bus routes, with approximately 50 of these increases during peak times. More service will be added in the new year to meet ridership demand.

In addition, the new Toronto Rocket subway trains continue to be pressed into service on the Yonge-University-Spadina line, adding an additional 10 per cent passenger capacity. As well, a new signal system is being installed on the line that will allow for more trains and greater frequency of service, further increasing capacity.

In 2014, Toronto’s next generation of streetcars will begin serving TTC customers. The accessible, low-floor streetcars will be more comfortable, spacious and reliable, and equipped with air conditioning and the PRESTO smartcard system.
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A TTC study on the potential for a new "downtown relief" subway line paints a near-apocalyptic vision of commuting to Toronto’s core by 2031 — if transit officials don’t come up with a relief valve.

The level of overcrowding, with demand up by a projected 50 per cent, will dwarf today’s discomfort on the Yonge subway. Existing plans to increase GO and TTC capacity won’t be enough to stem the overflow of commuters trying to get into the downtown core every day, according to the report that goes before the TTC board on Wednesday.

By then, the population living south of College St. between Bathurst and Parliament will nearly double. Employment is projected to grow 28 per cent, and demand for transit downtown will jump to 236,000 trips in the morning peak, from 155,000 now.

“The most serious capacity issues are related to long- and medium-distance trips from the east and north", says the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study. Crowding on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, which carries about 30,000 people an hour in the morning rush, will be further exacerbated by riders boarding at new stations on the Spadina subway extension into York Region, set to open in 2016.

A second phase of the study will look at what route and stations the relief line would use. But maps in the report suggest a DRL running south from Pape, west along King St. to St. Andrew Station. A second phase would continue west to about Roncesvalles and head north connecting to the Bloor subway. The first phase would cost about $3.2 billion, the western extension, an additional $3 billion.
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Old November 8th, 2012, 12:39 AM   #1163
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some of the first documents released in the DRL feasibility study, showing ridership.







and the PDF which includes much more information:

http://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Comm...apid_Trans.pdf
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Old November 10th, 2012, 07:46 AM   #1164
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Odd that no diagram captures the Queen tunnel.
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Old November 10th, 2012, 11:49 PM   #1165
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Odd that no diagram captures the Queen tunnel.
They haven't completely decided on a routing through downtown and simply chose King in order to do their modelling.

There are a few factors leading to something more southerly like King vs. Queen. A lot of development both residential and commercial is occuring at the south end of downtown (south of Front St.). In order to try and capture that ridership the line has to be within easy walking distance. King is two blocks north of Front, with the development occurring at least one to two blocks further south. A line on Queen, about two blocks north would not really attract that traffic.

There are other ideas for the line to use Wellington or even Front (which would complicate the construction now underway at Union Station).

The tunnels left for the original Queen streetcar subway (think Boston's Green Line) are too small, and likely too shallow to be used as a larger line along Queen St. There are underground utilities, passages and garages in the way at that depth.

There is also the issue of disturbing the above street while construction is going on. One concern is St. Michael's hospital which is a major trauma centre downtown whose non-emergency entrance is on Queen. Having the entrance blocked for an extended period of time would be problematic.

Queen does have some high-traffic generators along its route, which are already served by the existing subway stops at Osgoode and Queen like the Eaton Centre, City Hall, Osgoode Hall and the Four Seasons Centre for the Arts. While a King line would cut right through the Financial District (the destination for most transferring southbound at Yonge) it would also serve St. Lawrence (if a stop were placed at Jarvis rather than Sherbourne) and the Distillery District (with a station at Parliment).

Businesses along both streets aren't looking forward to the disruption the project will cause but agree something needs to be done. King St. is currently proposed to go through some massive development changes if approved by City Hall. Those changes would bring additional density to the corridor and if approved would probably include some sort of provision in terms of foundation setbacks to adequately allow a line to run beneath King St. The stations themselves are still up for debate, and if the developers are willing to chip in for their construction, all the more reason for that routing.
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Old November 11th, 2012, 02:56 AM   #1166
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Huffing a further 300m wouldn't kill anybody, overly bunching up the lines would be much. I wonder if the King option is also more for commuters using the Union depot, not much thought for having them change trains at the extremities of the new line seems to be illustrated into the diagrams.
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Old December 10th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #1167
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About Toronto's proposed Union Station-Pearson Airport railway line, the name "Air Rail Link" was just a placeholder. The official name, "Union Pearson Express", was revealed on 29 November 2012, per this news release.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 07:00 PM   #1168
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TORONTO | Union-Pearson Express

photos from urbantoronto. ca user drum118 as of March 15

Source http://urbantoronto.ca/forum/showthr...-Link)/page172:

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Old March 27th, 2013, 03:53 AM   #1169
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Very nice pictures.
Thanks for sharing, Woonsocket54!
The wiki source states the projected date of commencing operation is in 2015.
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Old March 29th, 2013, 10:27 AM   #1170
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Great pictures!!

Why would anyone still use wooden sleepers (ties) on a new line built for passenger use? Concrete or steel ones last far longer; I had thought wooden ones were only ever used for junctions these days.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 01:15 AM   #1171
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Turns out that Metrolinx will be releasing a preliminary report on possible taxes to implement that are needed to fund the Big Move. If funded, Toronto will get 20km of new subway lines, 3 electrified urban rail lines, 2 way all day GO train service on 2 additional lines, 37km of LRT, and 86km of BRT.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 10:25 AM   #1172
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Where exactly will these extentions go and which corridors will be served by LRT and BRT? Btw. Will the BRT be just a buslanes or fully segregated?
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 10:17 PM   #1173
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brt will mostly be reserved lanes, but one line will be completely grade seperated. (the one in the second image standing alone around the middle of the image)

as for where they will go, here is a map:
-red is BRT
-thin black lines are all day 2 way GO commuter lines (about a train every hour, more
during rush)
-Thick black is all way 2 day Electrified GO trains running on around 15 minute frequencies, more during rush hour
- Thick coloured lines are Grade seperated lines, whether that is subways or LRT running under ground
- Thin coloured lines are LRT lines


Our current transit map:



our currently funded transit map: ( I noticed I made a mistake with this one, the blue line should be extended to the light green line like in the third image)



and what our map would look like with the transit tax:

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 07:54 PM   #1174
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brt will mostly be reserved lanes, but one line will be completely grade seperated. (the one in the second image standing alone around the middle of the image)

as for where they will go, here is a map:
-red is BRT
-thin black lines are all day 2 way GO commuter lines (about a train every hour, more
during rush)
-Thick black is all way 2 day Electrified GO trains running on around 15 minute frequencies, more during rush hour
- Thick coloured lines are Grade seperated lines, whether that is subways or LRT running under ground
- Thin coloured lines are LRT lines

our currently funded transit map: ( I noticed I made a mistake with this one, the blue line should be extended to the light green line like in the third image)

You're missing the western segment of the Mississauga BRT which GO is paying for. As such, they are using the bus bypass shoulder lanes between Mavis and Erin Mills. There will be an off-road dedicated roadway between Erin Mills and Winston Churchill. One of the two stations, from the look of the plans is slated to become a regional hub. It's just not yet clear which one.

In the grand scheme of things, if more funding were available, the western segment would be entirely separated like the eastern segment being built by the City of Mississauga. Due to its nature stops were axed at Mavis and Creditview. The land is still available for the corridor, but I think the Credit River crossing was one factor for piggybacking on the 403.
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Looks like things are looking up.
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Old April 18th, 2013, 04:03 PM   #1176
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Neat photo of Toronto's GO Train rail stock:

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Those trains are massive!
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Old April 19th, 2013, 02:15 PM   #1178
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Neat photo of Toronto's GO Train rail stock:
Any plans to electrify? Does Canada have similar weight regulations to the US?
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 03:26 AM   #1179
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Those trains are massive!
yep, they hold 1500+ passengers.

as for electrification, there are plans for 3 of the 7 GO lines. They rely on a transit tax for funding though (which is mentioned in the map I posted above)



Big news for GO..

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In the largest single service expansion of its 44-year history, GO transit is increasing train service along the lakeshore — from Oshawa to Aldershot — to every 30 minutes, seven days a week.
“This is the final step in turning GO from a bedroom commuter service into full, regular transit,” said Ontario Transportation Minister Glen Murray. Some 263 trains a week will be added on the Lakeshore East and West lines, starting June 29.
The announcement comes as the provincial Liberals prepare the ground for new taxes to pay for an unprecedented Toronto region transit expansion.
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Old April 22nd, 2013, 05:29 AM   #1180
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yep, they hold 1500+ passengers.

as for electrification, there are plans for 3 of the 7 GO lines. They rely on a transit tax for funding though (which is mentioned in the map I posted above)



Big news for GO..
Very big news indeed now GO can start acting like a real non-american regional/commuter rail system.
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