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Old September 12th, 2014, 11:58 PM   #1481
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I'm going to drop some pics of York Region Transit and its BRT service, VIVA. YRT provides service in the north eastern suburbs of Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, and in general in the whole York Region.

York Region Transit 803 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

York Region Transit 1036 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

York Region Transit 520 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

York Region Transit 1401 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

York Region Transit 981 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

VIVA

Viva 5130 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

Viva 5223 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

Viva 1392 by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

Viva 52xx - Interior by YT | transport photography, on Flickr

VIVA stations on Highway 7

Valleymede Viva Station by Sean_Marshall, on Flickr

2013 - VivaNext Highway 7 East Rapidways in Markham by Metrolinx, on Flickr

IMG_1825 by wyliepoon, on Flickr
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Old September 16th, 2014, 12:27 PM   #1482
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Testing of the Union Pearson Express DMU spotted at GO Mimico Station.

Union Pearson Express - Entering Mimico by SkyRail Productions Photography, on Flickr

Union Pearson Express - TMC by SkyRail Productions Photography, on Flickr

Union Pearson Express - Back to TMC by SkyRail Productions Photography, on Flickr
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Old September 16th, 2014, 02:10 PM   #1483
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Too ugly - give EMU fast
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Old September 16th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #1484
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Too ugly - give EMU fast
It'll be the same vehicles, just converted to electric propulsion.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 08:05 PM   #1485
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very ugly, and looks old.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 11:39 PM   #1486
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very ugly, and looks old.
I'm more interested about the service they will provide rather than how they looks

That said, the design is OK for me, nothing groundbreaking but it's solid. Althought, not a fan of the color scheme used.
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Old September 19th, 2014, 09:30 PM   #1487
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Union station, September:


Sept 2014 - Union Station Revitalization Train Shed by Metrolinx, on Flickr
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Old September 20th, 2014, 07:14 AM   #1488
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I'm more interested about the service they will provide rather than how they looks

That said, the design is OK for me, nothing groundbreaking but it's solid. Althought, not a fan of the color scheme used.
its not about the design which I think horrendous, its the colour scheme. Too many colours in one train is quite distracting.
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Old September 20th, 2014, 05:14 PM   #1489
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Well I agree with both of you! The appearance is unattractive AND how they function is more important.
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 05:47 PM   #1490
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Finally, TBMs for Eglinton Crosstown project arrived to launch site at Brentcliffe:


Sept 2014 - Eglinton Crosstown by Metrolinx, on Flickr

Plus some works on site:


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Old September 23rd, 2014, 05:48 PM   #1491
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What happened to the TBMs that built a few tunnels along the now-defunt Eglinton subway line? Are these the same ones?
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Old September 23rd, 2014, 11:14 PM   #1492
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What happened to the TBMs that built a few tunnels along the now-defunt Eglinton subway line? Are these the same ones?
They never arrived. The Eglinton west subway line only got as far as excavating the launch box for the TBMs and I think a station box.
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Old September 25th, 2014, 03:19 AM   #1493
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just a note, but over 2km of the tunnel has been dug already, the new TBMs are for the second tunnel drive from the east instead of from the west.
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Old September 26th, 2014, 01:55 PM   #1494
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Already published in Canada Railways thread, but...:

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Metrolinx acquires Toronto commuter line
Friday, September 26, 2014



TORONTO and Hamilton transit authority Metrolinx has announced it will acquire a 53km stretch of Canadian National's Guelph Subdivision from Georgetown to Kitchener in a deal worth $C 76m ($US 69m)

The line is primarily used by Go Transit commuter services, although CN will retain running rights for freight trains following the transfer of ownership.

"Ontario is taking the next step towards two-way, all-day Regional Express Rail service along the Kitchener line," says Metrolinx president and CEO Mr Bruce McCuaig. "Ownership and control of our infrastructure is key to improving the existing service and planning for even more service on this line in the future."

Metrolinx has also acquired land in Kitchener for future train stabling facilities.

Go Transit will double its Kitchener - Toronto services in 2016.
So, there will be RER.TO
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Old September 28th, 2014, 10:44 AM   #1495
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Developments with GO Transit and Metrolinx are going to transform the Greater Golden Horseshoe. I think some of these cities on the periphery on Toronto are going to encounter mini population booms as a result; Hamilton especially.
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I wonder if it means growth downtown will slow as there will be less incentive for people to live downtown to avoid traffic congestion. Or maybe it will just mean a slowdown of residential growth that will be replaced with an upswing in office growth as the downtown will be a more appealing place to work for suburbanites.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 09:25 PM   #1497
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I wonder if it means growth downtown will slow as there will be less incentive for people to live downtown to avoid traffic congestion. Or maybe it will just mean a slowdown of residential growth that will be replaced with an upswing in office growth as the downtown will be a more appealing place to work for suburbanites.
Downtown growth won't slow as it's a highly desirable place to live and cuts down on commutes to work. It's places like North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, and Mississauga that might see some of their growth move to points further out. Hamilton, Milton, Guelph, etc. are cheaper and great places to live, but weren't ever feasible if one worked in Toronto. They are too far and transit too restrictive.

Improvements to GO Transit and Metrolinx will be a game changer for places further out. They will make commutes to Toronto faster with better service. These places will become viable options for people. It will be a shot in the arm for businesses. One can base a company in Guelph and have good access to everything else in the GGH. Integrating Waterloo Region more closely with Toronto will be a boon for tech. Overall, the whole region will benefit tremendously from these transportation upgrades.
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Integrating the GGH is smart planning. We're much stronger working together as one. The cities and towns it connects are home to 9.3 million people. It's an economic juggernaut with GDP around $500 billion.

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Old September 29th, 2014, 10:59 PM   #1499
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what GO RER will likely do is increase employment growth in the downtown, as it will suddenly become extremely accessible for around 8 million people, though residential growth will likely stay the same or shrink slightly.
GO RER will be huge for regional nodes as well, due to its bi directional service. Currently there is little advantage to have a regional centre on a GO line as the trains only go into downtown in the mornings, while with GO RER people will be able to "go backwards" out towards these regional centres. Its actually a huge reason why all day 2 way GO service to Kitchener makes sense, as there is a large amount of people actually taking GO to Kitchener for work. Also interestingly, currently only around 20% of people who get on the GO train at Kitchener actually travel all the way downtown. Union will become much less important in the grand scheme of things for GO, currently over 90% of GOs trips start or end there but that will change with frequent service in both directions.

The crazy thing to think about is how fast GOs ridership will increase with this, its currently around 70 million annual trips (compare to the TTC at around 550 million), and its current annual growth rate is around 6%, well above population increases and other GTA transit agency growth rates (closer to 2%). I wouldn't be surprised if annual growth goes up towards 10-12% as RER begins to be implemented. GO will be a lot more important and a much more well used service in Toronto in the coming years.

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Agree. Hamilton, Waterloo, and Oshawa will become bigger regional nodes with GO RER. A lot of business people in these cities set up in Toronto instead because their own cities are too far from everything in downtown Toronto. This will allow many of them to grow their businesses where they're from.

Waterloo is an especially interesting case because it has one of the highest start up rates in the world. Better connections to Toronto will only make them stronger.


10 Busiest Regional Rail Systems in north America (Average Weekday Q4 2013)

1. Long Island Rail Road - New York City/Long Island: 334,100
2. New Jersey Transit Rail Operations - North Jersey/New York City/Philadelphia/Atlantic City: 302,000
3. Metro-North Railroad - New York City/New Haven/Poughkeepsie: 298,700
4. Metra - Chicago: 292,600
5. GO Transit - Toronto: 197,000
6. SEPTA Regional Rail - Philadelphia: 130,900
7. MBTA Commuter Rail - Boston: 124,400
8. Agence métropolitaine de transport - Montreal: 74,100
9. Caltrain - San Francisco/San Jose: 50,800
10. Metrolink - Los Angeles: 40,800


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