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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:12 AM   #1681
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The rail gauge means the width between the rails. That has nothing to do with either of the things I mentioned which is total width and boarding level of the vehicles.
You are correct.

However, what I am trying to point out is that the TTC already has cars of different designs.

Since the Sheppard Line is underused, they could close it, modify the height and then it will be at LRT levels. They may even be able to put in overhead wires if there is space.

I just think that the Sheppard line and LRT are going to be like the Bloor line and the SRT.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:25 AM   #1682
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Well I'm sure all this is certainly doable. A politician in Montreal also proposed to make the blue line into an LRT to allow it to continue at street level to the east toward Anjou and to the west into NDG but nothing ever came of it. But I agree that all those transfers certainly isn't ideal.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:34 AM   #1683
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Well I'm sure all this is certainly doable. A politician in Montreal also proposed to make the blue line into an LRT to allow it to continue at street level to the east toward Anjou and to the west into NDG but nothing ever came of it. But I agree that all those transfers certainly isn't ideal.

Is there much of a difference between the Streetcar tunnels and the Subway tunnels in Toronto?
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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:42 AM   #1684
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There aren't really any full streetcar tunnels yet, just a couple of short sections where the streetcar goes underground to connect with a subway station, but has it's own separate platform. The Eglinton line will be the first tunnel that the streetcar actually uses to travel underground between stations (although not the same streetcars in the rest of the system). The only one that I've used is at Union which has very low platforms which are basically just like the curb on a street.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 05:59 AM   #1685
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There aren't really any full streetcar tunnels yet, just a couple of short sections where the streetcar goes underground to connect with a subway station, but has it's own separate platform. The Eglinton line will be the first tunnel that the streetcar actually uses to travel underground between stations (although not the same streetcars in the rest of the system). The only one that I've used is at Union which has very low platforms which are basically just like the curb on a street.
Why could they not build a higher curb on the Sheppard LRT? Build it only at the stations.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 06:05 AM   #1686
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Why could they not build a higher curb on the Sheppard LRT? Build it only at the stations.
There is not enough room for a high platform on the street. Like the posts above its not impossible to merge the subway and the LRT, just not worth the effort.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 07:49 AM   #1687
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There is not enough room for a high platform on the street. Like the posts above its not impossible to merge the subway and the LRT, just not worth the effort.
Look at how they did the platforms on Roncesvalles Ave. They could make them higher.

To make the Sheppard line more than just a stubline, why would it not be worth the effort?
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Well to be clear, it isn't just a matter of effort (time, planning, etc) but also of money. There is a finite amount of money you can spend and planners just have to make the judgment call as to where to spend it - either to serve more people with rail transit by devoting all the money to the new lines, or more conveniently serve fewer people after spending so much on modifying an existing line that we can't afford to extend the new line as far.

They seem to have made that judgment, and maybe they're right or maybe you're right. Hard to say!
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the transfer at Don Mills will literally involve walking 10 feet across a platform.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 08:31 AM   #1690
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the transfer at Don Mills will literally involve walking 10 feet across a platform.
Or, stay on the train and go further.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 03:05 PM   #1691
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Look at how they did the platforms on Roncesvalles Ave. They could make them higher.

To make the Sheppard line more than just a stubline, why would it not be worth the effort?
Roncesvalles Ave stops are more like streetcar bulbs or curb extensions. Sheppard is more akin to Spadina with islands as platforms. Engineers didn't want a narrow high platform. What you are comparing is two different things. In addition Roncesvalles Ave would still be very tight for high platforms. You don't just simply make the platform higher the additional starts and ramps take up alot of space and the structure's girth with impact the neighborhood streetscape.
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Installation of platform screen doors and ticket vending machines for the airport rail link


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Old February 14th, 2015, 09:19 AM   #1693
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Question: What is that supposed to be in the hand with the 1 and 2? Tickets? We did away with $1 and $2 bills before the turn of the millennium and $2 bills are a rarity in the US if it came from the manufacturer. Isn't the icon for tickets the upright hand holding a ticket like this?

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Website launched for Bloor-Danforth line extension to Scarborough:
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Plus some progress on GO Transit station upgrading - Malton station, these photos taken by Metrolinx in December last year:


Completing electrical work to support the new shelter, stairs, etc. by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Demolishing the old stairwell to build a glass-enclosed one with more natural light by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Compacting material to preparation for caisson drilling. Caissons will support the new stairs, mini-ramp, canopy, etc. by Metrolinx, on Flickr


Foundation for a new shelter, one of which will be integrated into platform-length canopy by Metrolinx, on Flickr

One more progress - on new James North station in Hamilton:
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Metrolinx Begins Early Works for GO Transit Expansion
February 12, 2015 3:00 pm

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The biggest news to come out lately for GO Transit's early works on the GO RER program was the addition of 5km of track to the Stouffville Line. The line already has a roughly 1.5km long "passing track", running to the south of the 407, although it is considered too short for any truly useful purposes. The construction of an additional 5km of passing track will allow GO transit to introduce all day train service to the line. Construction of the additional track, which will upon completion run from Unionville to Agincourt stations, is expected to begin in the spring, with the full double tracking of the line from Kennedy to Unionville to begin in 2016. Upon completion of the initial passing track, GO will be able to provide hourly off-peak services on the line to Mount Joy station, and upon completion of the full double tracking, capable of 30 minute service to Unionville and hourly to Mount Joy. Eventually, GO plans to electrify the line and provide 15 minute service, however details on that portion of the project are still forthcoming


Original Service plan for the Stouffville line, from the Stouffville Railway Corridor Expansion Study

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Old February 14th, 2015, 02:47 PM   #1697
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Is the airport link going to have a dedicated platform at Union St.?
Exactly, at SkyWalk walkway
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Question: What is that supposed to be in the hand with the 1 and 2? Tickets? We did away with $1 and $2 bills before the turn of the millennium and $2 bills are a rarity in the US if it came from the manufacturer. Isn't the icon for tickets the upright hand holding a ticket like this?
The person is holding the two tickets they've just purchased for themself and a travel companion and the tickets are labeled first and second in case members of the general public can't count.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 09:22 AM   #1699
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Is it time to bring back Interlining, but, do it right?

Riding the subway, I noticed that most of the train empties at the transfer with lines 1 and 2. Decades ago, they tried to run 2 lines on one set of tracks. As I understand it, it was an abysmal failure.

So, that got me thinking. What if they did it right?

Here is my vision of it:
1) dig 2 tunnel under line 1 from Bloor down to Union on both sides of the U.
2) on the U, the new tunnels would have stations on Queen and College Streets.
3) Line 2 would go through Bay, then turn onto the U, then turn back towards bay and continue.
4) Bay would have 2 levels(They already exist). The top level would be for east west traffic to their terminals, the lower level would be east or west, going to Union.

This would ease congestion on line 1 south of Bloor.
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2015.03.09 - Union Pearson Express (airport rail link) test ride


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http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/03...airport-train/


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airport station

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