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Old June 10th, 2015, 03:33 PM   #1781
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Ontario awards Eglinton Crosstown LRT design/build contract
10 JUN, 2015



The Crosslinx Transit Solutions consortium is to finance, design, build and maintain a new light rail line in Greater Toronto.

The consortium, which includes SNC-Lavalin, ACS Infrastructure Canada, EllisDon, and Aecon, has been formally announced as the preferred bidder for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project

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Old June 10th, 2015, 03:59 PM   #1782
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what's the go with these big, infrequent double decker trains serving the outer suburbs only in peak. How about smaller, more efficient electric, more frequent, trains all day long
Don't worry, that's their long term plan. Transforming their suburban rail to a City Rail/RER.
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Old June 10th, 2015, 07:38 PM   #1783
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what's the go with these big, infrequent double decker trains serving the outer suburbs only in peak. How about smaller, more efficient electric, more frequent, trains all day long
Many commuter rail in NA use rail lines built mainly for freight and owed by the freight companies so they're often not double tracked for their full route and the freight companies only give limited access for passenger service. To have frequent all day service would require the route be owned and controlled by the the passenger carrier which takes time and money. Often a lot of new tracks need to be laid.

Keep in mind that the current arrangement of peak hour service tends to work quite well as the large trains cover the high passenger volumes during peak travel times and off peak service is provided by express buses that travel on the highways. They can handle the lower off-peak passenger volumes and off peak traffic volumes are much lower so the buses don't get stuck in traffic as much as during rush hour. And this type of investment requires very little capital investment as the rail routes already exist. To have frequent all day electric requires several times the investment to serve just a fraction of the passenger volume.
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Old June 11th, 2015, 05:41 AM   #1784
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Not sure if this was already posted before.

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Old June 11th, 2015, 08:22 AM   #1785
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what's the go with these big, infrequent double decker trains serving the outer suburbs only in peak. How about smaller, more efficient electric, more frequent, trains all day long
You have to remember that Toronto has a subway system as well which alone carries a million passengers a day.

Toronto's GO commuter rail system in currently undergoing a massive overhaul. Buying of huge amounts of track so that they have priority over freight. GO rail now owns 89% of it's 440km commuter rail system.

Rail overpasses, total grade separation, electrification, Union Station expansion, all day 15 minute service in each direction, new single level EMU trains, new stations, better fare integration, weekend and late night service, larger park-n-rides, double tracking. Within 10 years it will be the most advanced system in NA even more so than NYC.

Conservatively the system should be carrying over 500,000 in 15 years up from it's current 220,000/day
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Old June 11th, 2015, 08:27 AM   #1786
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sorry, meant to say 80% of the current rail corridors not 89% but the goal is 100%.
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Old June 19th, 2015, 08:48 PM   #1787
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SmartTrack is soon become reality as federal funding approved, from Railway Gazette:

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Federal funding for Toronto RER
19 Jun 2015


Prime Minister Stephen Harper (right) announced the funding, which is part of the SmartTrack plan of Mayor John Tory (left)

CANADA: Federal funding is to be made available for Toronto’s proposed SmartTrack Regional Express Rail project, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on June 18, when he set out details of a Public Transit Fund which is being established to support transport infrastructure investment.

The RER is included in Mayor of Toronto John Tory’s SmartTrack plan for public transport investment, and envisages using existing GO commuter rail corridors to develop all-day electrified suburban rail network. Federal funding would be subject to the submission and approval of a formal application, and would cover up to one-third of the costs of the C$8·5bn project, which is to be managed by regional transport authority Metrolinx

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Old June 20th, 2015, 09:03 AM   #1788
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How do you spell vote buying in a federal election just 4 months off and Tory support falling in populace Ontario?

Just a bit more of GO rail expansion. Currently the system of 440km of line has about 1500 trains per week in service levels. In 5 years that figure will rise to 2200 and in 8 years after full electrification that figure will soar to 6000 weekly trips. That does not include the new Smart Track program which will run about every 10 minutes on average over 53km of track.
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Old June 20th, 2015, 01:44 PM   #1789
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toronto so badly needs this...dvp and 401 are always jammed. 7 days a week daytime.
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Old June 21st, 2015, 04:58 AM   #1790
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Harper promised full funding of the Scarborough subway extension a few months ago. Both the subway and Smart Track cannot be built. So one of these two promises must be broken - probably by an NDP government, which can claim to be more urban transit-friendly not just before elections.
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Old June 28th, 2015, 07:07 AM   #1791
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One of the new streetcars derailed and collided with another on Queen's Quay on Saturday.













Pics courtesy of r/Toronto and CBC Toronto.
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 07:03 AM   #1792
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From yorkregion.com:

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Councillors applaud next step to put subway to Richmond Hill back on track
Jun 29, 2015


This proposed map of the Yonge North Subway Extension shows current Finch subway terminus in red, with six potential subway stops north to Richmond Hill, including Cummer, Steeles, Clark, Royal Orchard, Langstaff and finally Richmond Hill

‘Will unleash significant economic benefits’ say Vaughan, Markham politicians

Metrolinx has recommended moving ahead with plans to build the Yonge Street subway north to Richmond Hill, a step heralded by councillors from York’s southern municipalities.

“This is an important moment for both this project and transit development in the GTA,” said Vaughan Councillor Alan Shefman.

“For years, we have been meeting with virtually everyone involved in the planning and development of transit in the region, attempting to convince them to move to the next step in this critical project. We are very hopeful that a decision to fund this recommendation will be announced shortly to allow the work to begin.”

Metrolinx (previously the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) manages and integrates road transport and public transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area

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Old July 9th, 2015, 06:53 PM   #1793
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Service has commenced at West Harbour GO station in Hamilton, ON as of this morning.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/57...arly-thursday/

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Notice that Lakeshore West line splits into two at the west end of Lake Ontario
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 12:29 PM   #1794
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from a friends recent Canadain vacation

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Old July 24th, 2015, 12:00 AM   #1795
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I remember a while back that there were photos of a new busway that they were opening. I seem to remember that it had two lanes, ran along the side of a highway, and had bridges over streets. It opened in winter, if I remember correctly.

Does anyone remember which busway that was?
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Old July 24th, 2015, 01:09 AM   #1796
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You're talking about the Mississauga Transitway. Phase 1 opened last winter, two more stations are scheduled to open early 2016, and the rest of the station at the end of 2016.

Here is a blog with some construction pics:

http://miwayblog.ca/

and the website:

http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/miway/transitway
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Eglinton Crosstown LRT reaches financial close
Friday, July 24, 2015



CROSSLINX Transit Solutions, the consortium selected in June by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario to finance, build, and maintain Toronto's Eglinton Crosstown light rail line has reached financial close on the $C 5.3bn ($US 4.3bn) project

The consortium comprises Aecon, ACS Infrastructure Canada, EllisDon, and SNC-Lavalin and each member is an equal partner in the group with a 25% stake in the alternative financing and procurement (AFP) contract.

Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year and Crosslinx will supply trackwork, signalling, telecommunications and rolling stock for the project. It will also maintain the line for 30 years

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Old July 24th, 2015, 11:31 PM   #1798
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Service has commenced at West Harbour GO station in Hamilton, ON as of this morning.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/57...arly-thursday/

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Notice that Lakeshore West line splits into two at the west end of Lake Ontario
I've thought of this idea, in which I shared with a fellow mod here at SSC: is it possible that GO Transit could have a train service to travel as far southwest as Windsor? I mean, it can cause some competition from VIA Rail, but, with that service, not only it will slash fares on that long service, but it will open an even larger market for commuters traveling as far as Detroit, giving them an opportunity to travel by rail instead of driving (or even flying) to and from Toronto.
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Old July 25th, 2015, 12:08 AM   #1799
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I've thought of this idea, in which I shared with a fellow mod here at SSC: is it possible that GO Transit could have a train service to travel as far southwest as Windsor? I mean, it can cause some competition from VIA Rail, but, with that service, not only it will slash fares on that long service, but it will open an even larger market for commuters traveling as far as Detroit, giving them an opportunity to travel by rail instead of driving (or even flying) to and from Toronto.
The tracks exist to Windsor via the Kitchener line, Milton, and Lakeshore West Lines. However I don't think GO should be doing it. Toronto - Windsor pair is more intercity than regional rail. The distance is more comparable to travel between New York and Boston. Or in other words extend the MTA metro north to Boston's South Station. You are better off just directly improving VIA service.

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Yes they already extended service as far as Kitchener, and beyond that the commute is so far and time consuming that there wouldn't be enough people interested in doing it that it would warrant a dedicated commuter service. The distances on that GO map don't look very far, but it's actually a pretty long way...
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