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Old October 29th, 2014, 01:11 AM   #1541
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If you read Metrolinx's policy statement they are pretty adamant about fare integration after the TTC finishes installing PRESTO. Its one of their largest "deliverables" for the next 5 years. Its just that it is still in its preliminary stage, and no politicians were talking about it. Thus why I said that Tory can take credit for it.

as for stations, Metrolinx is already issuing contracts for the advanced design of improvements to the Barrie GO line and it includes a stop at St. Clair. Then of course there is the plan for a stop at Eglinton once the LRT opens..


The only possibility for additional tracks on Stouffville will be once the SRT is ripped up and that space is freed up, where you could then construct a 3rd track south of Ellesmere. But that won't free up until some time in 2024, meaning that 3rd track likely isn't possible to install until 2025 or so, 11 years from now, and completely violating the "7 years" plan.

The spending of $2 billion to save $500 million on Eglinton for a worse service seems a bit silly, the second phase of the Eglinton LRT had essentially fallen off the political radar along with the other unfunded Transit City lines, so I don't see the point. They could have had it kept running along the rail corridor and would have had no comments.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 06:44 AM   #1542
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I think extending the Bloor line to Square One would be a good idea.
This is being discussed somewhat in the appropriately named Subway to Mississauga? thread in the Toronto Transit & Infrastructure subforum.

That would be a LOOONG ride if you were riding all the way into downtown Toronto from downtown Mississauga. GO Transit offers faster service between the two points.
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Old October 29th, 2014, 10:51 PM   #1543
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Old October 30th, 2014, 08:57 AM   #1544
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Smart Tracks is essentially a S-Bahn system and very similar to Suburban Rail like in Melbourne and Sydney.

The current Airport line will be almost 100% grade separated and Smart Tracks will probably take it over.
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Old October 31st, 2014, 12:45 AM   #1545
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Rendering of the new GO Transit cab car.



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Old October 31st, 2014, 06:15 AM   #1546
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Smart Tracks is essentially a S-Bahn system and very similar to Suburban Rail like in Melbourne and Sydney.

The current Airport line will be almost 100% grade separated and Smart Tracks will probably take it over.
no, it probably won't.
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Old October 31st, 2014, 07:03 AM   #1547
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Old October 31st, 2014, 07:54 AM   #1548
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Old October 31st, 2014, 04:43 PM   #1549
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GO transit has 60 of them on order, the current cab cars (which look like normal cars with a small operator area installed) will be converted and be put to use as regular cars.
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Downsview Park station construction

this station will provide transfer between subway line #1 and the GO Transit Barrie Line











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Old November 3rd, 2014, 01:26 AM   #1551
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Does the Union-Pearson express line run on an exclusive track, or does it share existing tracks with some of the GO Transit rail lines?
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 09:37 PM   #1552
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this station will provide transfer between subway line #1 and the GO Transit Barrie Line



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Semantics: I always thought the French translation looked off to me. Shouldn't it be "Prolongement Toronto-York de la Ligne de Métro Spadina" as Toronto-York is describing the extension of the Spadina subway line and not the line itself?

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Does the Union-Pearson express line run on an exclusive track, or does it share existing tracks with some of the GO Transit rail lines?
They are clearing a dedicated ROW for the Union-Pearson Express train from Union up to the point where it branches off the main rail line. There are some (myself included) who would argue it would have been better to use those tracks for general rail transit traffic and have a connecting people-mover service from an existing station to the Airport. It would serve far more people that way and have a much larger coverage area (VIA rail could provide the high-end Premium service, with connections across the Province, GO Transit could provide the express service making only 3-4 stops to Union, while local transit could provide the local access to the station.)

The dedicated tracks could be used by GO Transit to supplement their existing ROW to allow for express trains to be run concurrently with local service along the same corridor. Conversely, they could also be used for local service which is a critical need for the corridor.
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Are there any plans in the works to electrify the entirety of GO?
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 11:22 PM   #1554
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http://www.gotransit.com/electrifica...n/default.aspx
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Old November 4th, 2014, 12:25 AM   #1555
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yes, but the details aren't really out other than some rather preliminary info. more detail is supposed to come in December.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 01:32 AM   #1556
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Spadina subway to York could be delayed — again
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It’s been postponed once already. But there’s fresh doubt about whether the Spadina subway extension will meet its latest opening target of 2016.

The $2.5-billion, six-stop subway from Downsview Station to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre was originally supposed to open in 2015. But in late 2012, the TTC said it wouldn’t happen until the fall of 2016.

That date now appears to be “at significant risk,” said TTC CEO Andy Byford, who admitted that another delay would almost certainly have budget implications.

The threat of a second postponement comes as the TTC has been trying to recover its reputation for service and reliability.

Byford, who came to the TTC three years ago, said the system has made progress on several fronts, including customer service. But there are other things it has to get right.
“One of them is to deliver on our promises,” he said.

The subway extension into York Region has suffered setbacks almost since work began in 2010. The subway construction started 16 months late due to funding issues and the schedule was never adjusted to account for that, said Byford. Other difficulties ranged from an unusually harsh winter last year to tunneling issues under York University.
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So will Spadina subway extension open before NY's Second Avenue Subway (currently scheduled for end of 2016)?

I realize the comparison is unfair because the Second Avenue Subway got an 80-year head start.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 06:38 AM   #1558
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right now the official date is fall 2016, though the talk is that it actually won't open until early 2017, meaning January or February.
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So will Spadina subway extension open before NY's Second Avenue Subway (currently scheduled for end of 2016)?

I realize the comparison is unfair because the Second Avenue Subway got an 80-year head start.
The Downtown Relief Line has been on the books for over 100 years, with the earliest version dating back to 1909. A route that closely follows the DRL was planned as a complementary line to the one that eventually got built along Yonge Street. It got passed over for the Bloor-Danforth Line and has been on the back burner with the plan only getting serious consideration every decade since the 1980's. The closest comparison to the stop-start consideration to the Second Avenue Subway is the roughed-in station at Queen, which is now too small to be of any use as a subway. (When built it was originally intended to be a streetcar subway similar to Boston's Green Line.)
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Also, how many tracks will the Union-Pearson Express need, one or two (not counting the new spur to the Pearson Airport)? I'd hate to think that the Union-Pearson Express would be single-track and the trains would have to run back and forth on that one track.
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