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Old July 31st, 2015, 07:14 PM   #1801
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Oh come on, it was ridiculous enough that they're already building the extension to Vaughan and now they want one to Richmond Hill? If any extension to outside of Toronto is going to happen, it should be to Mississauga's city centre
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Old July 31st, 2015, 09:40 PM   #1802
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Old August 1st, 2015, 12:02 AM   #1803
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Oh come on, it was ridiculous enough that they're already building the extension to Vaughan and now they want one to Richmond Hill? If any extension to outside of Toronto is going to happen, it should be to Mississauga's city centre
Richmond Hill is actually a high demand corridor, far higher than either
Vaughan or Mississauga. Finch station (current end of line 1) is the busiest station in the system other than Transfer stations, handling 40% more people than Kipling. I seriously suggest you watch Yonge street north of Finch in the morning rush hour, there are absolutely crazy amounts of buses running down the street to the subway, many from York Region. Probably a bus ever 20 seconds on average.

Other than the DRL, the extension to Richmond Hill makes the second most sense if you ask me.
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Old August 1st, 2015, 02:36 AM   #1804
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A friend of mine in Toronto posted this on Facebook, made me laugh. Not sure if it has been posted here already...

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Archaeologists discover ancient subway buried beneath Toronto
Thursday, 06 March 2014 16:33 Written by Tristan Bradley

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THE LOST CITY OF TORONTO - Archaeologists from Simon Fraser University have uncovered the remains of an ancient transportation system below the surface of Canada’s largest settlement, in what they say is the archaeological find of the century.

“This find is very well preserved,” said Professor Andrew Prescott as he led reporters down to the remains of what primitive engravings on the walls denote as ‘Queen’. “We suspect that ancient Toronto’s primitive electronic chariots would enter from either end of this tunnel in order to pick up passengers, although the historical record preserved on that screen there suggests the train was delayed at the time this ruin was abandoned.”

Prescott warned reporters to be careful as due to its rundown condition and antiquated construction, there was a significant chance the structure could collapse at any time.

He then brought journalists to what he called the ‘piece de resistance’: a body in a maroon jacket and dark pants, almost perfectly preserved in a massive glass sarcophagus.

“From what we’ve been able to uncover, this traditional maroon garment denotes that this man was a member of a fraternal cult known as ‘TTC Operators.’ These individuals must have been highly respected, as Torontonians would regularly pay homage to them before entering the subterranean chariot loading zone. You can see the slots where people would make offerings in the form of coins or metallic tokens.”

The professor paused for a moment, looking in awe at the remains. “It’s almost as if he’s still merely asleep, just waiting for the next commuter.”

Prescott noted the absence of an electronic system for the offerings, remarking that in every other city where he had encountered subways, there had been what ancient sources call a ‘smartcard’ system widely in place.

“We can infer from the technology used here that Toronto’s settlers had very little contact with the outside world. This makes Toronto unique, as every other settlement of this size had managed to discover this technology for themselves, or import it from more advanced neighbouring civilizations.”

Despite uncovering such artifacts, some academics remained skeptical of Prescott’s revelations.

Dr. Kathy Gibson of the University of Winnipeg’s Faculty of Archaeology is one of them. She said the subway system is too small to have been of much practical use to most Torontonians, and therefore must have been ceremonial. She added as proof: “No real subway system would have a line consisting of only five stops that goes to nothing but an uninhabitable wasteland.”
PS. with the GO train network, are the trains running on dedicated tracks, or sharing with freight/intercity trains etc?
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Old August 1st, 2015, 08:45 AM   #1805
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 06:15 AM   #1806
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 06:49 AM   #1807
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Expansion of GO Kitchener line train service on 2015.09.08.

http://www.gotransit.com/public/en/u...kitchener.aspx

http://www.gotransit.com/timetables/...15/Table31.pdf

Unfortunately, evening and weekend journeys will still require a bus.
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Old August 22nd, 2015, 10:21 AM   #1808
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Expansion of GO Kitchener line train service on 2015.09.08.

Unfortunately, evening and weekend journeys will still require a bus.
Not just evenings and weekends, but the weekday afternoons too.
The last train out of the city is at 15:56, after that it's all buses. And for some reason that last train doesn't stop at Bloor or Weston, only Union. So if you live on the Bloor subway line, the last train to take you home without a long detour through Union arrives at 14:42.

Unfortunately the reverse commute by train is still not practical, even if your workplace is on the kitchener line. We will have to wait a few more years before the network is ready for anything except people who live near Union station.
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Old August 28th, 2015, 12:34 PM   #1809
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First Quarter 2015 Daily Ridership numbers for Toronto

Source : http://www.apta.com/resources/statis...rship-APTA.pdf
http://www.brampton.ca/en/residents/...shipStats.aspx

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Toronto / Streetcar - 292,800 (2015)


Heavy Rail
Toronto / Rapid Transit - 1.06 Million (2015)


Commuter Rail
Greater Toronto Area / Go Transit - 215,000 (2015)


Bus Ridership
Toronto / TTC Bus - 1.3 Million (2015)
Mississauga / Miway - 100,273 (2015)
Brampton / Brampton Transit - 59,709 (2015)
GTA / Go Bus - 56,000 (2015)
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Old September 2nd, 2015, 12:55 AM   #1810
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Hello.
I remember that some time ago there were problems with train speed somewhere n the line - trains were going slowly.
Is this still an issue, and if yes - which part(s) of the subway system are affected?

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Old September 10th, 2015, 07:23 PM   #1811
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From Railway Gazette:

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Finch West light rail RFQ issued
10 Sep 2015





CANADA: Infrastructure Ontario and regional transport authority Metrolinx have issued a request for qualifications seeking interest in the estimated C$1bn contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West Light Rail Transit project in Toronto.

The project includes 11 km of segregated light rail line along Finch Avenue West between Humber College and the future Finch West station at Keele Street on the Toronto – York Spadina subway extension. There would be 18 surface stops and an underground interchange with the metro, plus a depot to maintain up to 75 light rail vehicles for the Finch West and future Jane LRT lines

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Old September 16th, 2015, 12:38 AM   #1812
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Interesting. Are there plans to extend the LRT to Finch/Yonge?
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Old September 24th, 2015, 04:02 PM   #1813
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They need to convert the premium service into a real commuter train asap :

Pearson airport express trains 90 per cent empty
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Old September 24th, 2015, 09:53 PM   #1814
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^and a regular train runs 100% full at all times?

The goal of the thing was always to be self financed, which means high fares and relatively low use. They essentially fill up at rush hours already, even if they run almost empty in off peak hours.

Besides, its only been 3 months since it opened, give it a while to build ridership.

as for the drop in use from its first week, this ALWAYS happens on all rail lines. People use it as a novelty in the first week or two to just test it out, then disappear.
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Interesting. Are there plans to extend the LRT to Finch/Yonge?
super long term, yes, but nothing anytime soon. LRT hasn't been very popular in Toronto, its amazing the current stretch has gotten this far. People have an irrational fear of the technology for some reason.
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Old September 24th, 2015, 09:58 PM   #1816
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Hello.
I remember that some time ago there were problems with train speed somewhere n the line - trains were going slowly.
Is this still an issue, and if yes - which part(s) of the subway system are affected?

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There is a slow order around Davisville station on the Yonge line due to the age of the trackbed. They haven't rebuilt the trackbed (the line is open air at that point) since the line opened in 1954, so its falling apart. The TTC is currently trying to figure out how to rebuild it with a minimal impact to service, I think they have it scheduled for next summer.

That slow order has been in place for a long time though, so I'm not too sure what you are talking about.
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^and a regular train runs 100% full at all times?

The goal of the thing was always to be self financed, which means high fares and relatively low use. They essentially fill up at rush hours already, even if they run almost empty in off peak hours.

Besides, its only been 3 months since it opened, give it a while to build ridership.

as for the drop in use from its first week, this ALWAYS happens on all rail lines. People use it as a novelty in the first week or two to just test it out, then disappear.
You think 10% ridership is self-sustainable?

90% empty is the overall figure, not the most empty part of the day, which means quite dismal performance if you say rush hour patronage is more respectable. They key point is ridership has dropped since it opened. If it consistently was low, at least you can blame lack of awareness or lack of signage at Pearson as more reasonable excuses.

2500 riders a day is pathetic when a subway can carry at least 250 per train (http://www.ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/Proj...rain/index.jsp) and the Yonge Line gets 733,000 riders a day (based on station usage, so can halve the figures to account for entry and exit).
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They need to convert the premium service into a real commuter train asap :

Pearson airport express trains 90 per cent empty
As a comparison, the airport lines in Sydney and Brisbane took a few years to build up patronage too. Takes time to build awareness and change habits it seems.

Are there cheaper competing buses in Toronto? The train does seem really expensive.
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As a comparison, the airport lines in Sydney and Brisbane took a few years to build up patronage too. Takes time to build awareness and change habits it seems.

Are there cheaper competing buses in Toronto? The train does seem really expensive.
The 192 Airport Rocket bus is only $3.
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As a comparison, the airport lines in Sydney and Brisbane took a few years to build up patronage too. Takes time to build awareness and change habits it seems.

Are there cheaper competing buses in Toronto? The train does seem really expensive.
But were those lines 10% occupied with falling ridership when they first started? Sydney's airport line goes through many other suburbs beyond so it serves a dual purpose - a premium service for business travelers and also a cheap commuter service for those living beyond who pass by.
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