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Old November 23rd, 2009, 07:20 PM   #61
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don't forget.

The TTC didn't pick the locations for the stations or how the route is to be built and in what form. Stephen Harper did.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 02:53 AM   #62
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TTC breaks ground on subway extension
Toronto Star, 27/11/2009

After a couple of trying weeks for the TTC, transit officials and politicians gathered Friday to break ground on some good news Friday — the link that will connect the trains in the Wilson subway yard with the long-anticipated Spadina subway extension.

The $14-million link is part of the $2.4 billion, 8.6-kilometre subway extension that is supposed to be ready by 2015. Within five years of opening, it is expected to carry 30 million riders a year.

"We literally cross a new boundary in public transit delivery," said Toronto Mayor David Miller in a news release. "This will be the first subway system that crosses a municipal border linking Toronto and York Region."

Costs of the project are being shared between the federal and provincial governments and Toronto and York Region.

The new subway, which will be a major mode of transport to York University, will have six stations including:

- Sheppard West, on Downsview Park lands adjacent to the Barrie GO Transit line

- Finch West, at the corner of Keele St. and Finch Ave.

- York University, near the university common

- Steeles West, at North West Gate and Steeles Ave. east of Jane St.

- Highway 407, adjacent to Jane St.

- Vaughan Corporate Centre, near Highway 7 west of Jane St.

"We're back in the business of building transit," said TTC chair Adam Giambrone. "It's not just about moving people from A to B, it's about transforming neighbourhoods."

The six stations are being designed by internationally recognized architecture firms and will have a lighter, greener look and feel that downtown subway stops.

They will feature art installations, and commuter parking at the Finch West, Steeles West and Highway 407 stations.

Preliminary work underground has already begun and construction is scheduled for next year.

The TTC is using two giant tunnel boring machines to build twin tunnels on about six kilometres of the line.

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/arti...bway-extension
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Old November 28th, 2009, 03:14 AM   #63
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407:

DUMBEST



STATION



EVAAAAAAARRRRR!!!!!
I can imagine the announcement now.

"The next station is four-owe-seven Transitway. Four-owe-seven Transitway station."
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Old November 28th, 2009, 03:52 AM   #64
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"We literally cross a new boundary in public transit delivery," said Toronto Mayor David Miller in a news release. "This will be the first subway system that crosses a municipal border linking Toronto and York Region."
Wasn't the extension to York Mills the first TTC subway extension to cross a municipal border?

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They will feature art installations, and commuter parking at the Finch West, Steeles West and Highway 407 stations.
Where are they going to fit parking in near Finch West?

Also, in defense of the 407 Transitway stop, the long term plan is to have this busway connect from Burlington to Clairington, with service branching off into surrounding suburbs and communities. You may argue it is a dumb stop, but it would be far dumber to leave it out completely.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 06:36 AM   #65
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Also, in defense of the 407 Transitway stop, the long term plan is to have this busway connect from Burlington to Clairington, with service branching off into surrounding suburbs and communities. You may argue it is a dumb stop, but it would be far dumber to leave it out completely.
There is not a single reason that that transitway can't swing via Steeles West. There's a hydro corridor with its name on it. 407 is a station that serves absolutely no useful purpose, it is provided solely for the purpose of parking. No development can ever take place around the station; graveyard on the east side (can't ride the subway if you're dead), 400-series highway on the north side, mainline freight railway and a hydro corridor on the south side, and expansive parking on the west side. Giambrone talks about the subway building communities - bullshit, there's no community associated with 407 station, period.

The only thing dumber than the station itself is defending the station as if it's a sound investment.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 12:26 AM   #66
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TTC Naming Contest, article from Torontoist.com:

Name the TTC's New Tunnel-Boring Machines


Illustration by Brian McLachlan/Torontoist.

The TTC is holding a contest to drum up name suggestions from the public for a pair of tunnel-boring machines recently purchased to help carve out the forthcoming Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension. Expected to be completed in 2015, the extension will add 8.6 kilometres to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, bringing it to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre. The contest literature stresses that the massive tunnelling machines—which look like enormous, weaponized marshmallows—need names, because naming boring machines "is tradition." In the public interest, we've compiled a few examples of boring-machine names that have already been put to use elsewhere in the world, so everyone can eliminate them from consideration from the get-go—because the names of our new subterranean diggers shouldn't be repeats of previous ones.

That would be boring.
Near Hamburg, Germany, a research facility is in the process of constructing a 3.4 kilometre tunnel to accommodate a powerful X-ray machine, for use in studying microscopic objects and chemical reactions. Their boring machine is known as TULA, which is short for "TUnnel for LAser."

Australia has done plenty of tunnelling over the past five years, and they never fail to name their machines. An underground stretch of highway between Brisbane city and its airport is being dug by Sandy, who weighs in at a svelte 3600 tonnes. The Clem Jones Tunnel, which allows cars to travel between Woolloongabba and Bowen Hills, also near Brisbane, was chewed out by Matilda, a four-thousand tonne machine, with a 12.4 metre cutting head. Rocking Ruby and Wonthaggi Maggie are digging twin tunnels for a desalination project in Victoria, while a cable tunnel in New South Wales was bored by Mary Ann.

Gabi 1 and Gabi 2, twin sisters, dug through more than seven kilometres of gneiss apiece to create a pair of new traffic tunnels in Switzerland.

Closer to home, a Richmond Hill grade three student gave the name "Motorclara" to a machine that was used to dig sewers in the Regional Municipality of York. Big Becky is in the process of digging a ten-kilometre power tunnel under Niagara Falls—a project that has faced years of setbacks, because rocks from overhead have been tumbling onto her backside, creating a dangerous situation for workers.

Rosie, who is in the process of digging a sewer tunnel for Portland, Oregon, tweets status updates.

Extrapolating from these examples, it seems likely that winners of the TTC's contest will be female names that are either somewhat "strong" sounding ("Rocking Ruby"), or are ironically petite ("TULA"). Enter the contest right here, for a chance to win a "token of appreciation" and the opportunity to attend the launch of the two machines.



CORRECTION: SEPTEMBER 10, 2010 "Sandy," the Brisbane airport link boring machine, is carving out a subterranean motorway, and not a rail tunnel, as this post originally stated.

By Steve Kupferman on September 10, 2010 4:35 PM 12

From TTC web site:

Tunnel Boring Machines Naming Contest
Choose two winners!

Online voting October 8 to 22

Thank you to all those creative people who participated in the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension's naming contest for the twin tunnel boring machines. From September 10 - 24th, you submitted over 700 pairs of names.

The judging panel has selected ten finalists and now it is your turn to vote for two winning names, one for each pair of tunnel boring machines.

The votes will be tallied and the two winners will be contacted in early November. Winners will be invited to attend a special event where the tunnel boring machines will be on display.

NOTE: Only one vote per person is accepted and no automated voting is allowed.

For further details, go to www.toronto.ca/tbmcontest

Vote online from October 8 until midnight on October 22, 2010.

The votes will be tallied and the two winners will be contacted in early November. Winners will be invited to attend a special event where the tunnel boring machines will be on display.

Ten finalists are listed below.
Select your two favourites:

Bitsy and Bory

Dewey Digg and Dug Itall

Diglet 1 and Diglet 2

Ebb and Flo

Holey and Moley

Hufff and Puff

See and Saw

Slice and Dice

Tweedledig and Tweedledug

Yorkie and Torkie

http://wx.toronto.ca/inter/ttc/name_.../Vote?OpenForm
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Old October 16th, 2010, 10:52 PM   #67
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I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 01:56 AM   #68
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A $2.4 billion subway seems far too rich for something that only serves 80,000 passengers a day (extrapolated from 30 million a year) within 5 years of operation. Not to mention this is out in the sticks... York University will likely be the only station that has ridership. The rest are located in sparse, isolated and unwalkable locations next to expressways, high-voltage transmission lines, and car-centric office parks. I can't think of any city in the world that spends extra to bury its suburban rapid transit, and all for such small ridership projections.
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Old October 17th, 2010, 04:50 AM   #69
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I guess they are banking on teh hope that the subway will spur dense development in these areas. You know....like planning for the future?
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Old October 17th, 2010, 04:45 PM   #70
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What makes me happy about all this is that it will be easier to go to Toronto from Brampton. Taking the BRT and ta dah, will pass by the subway.

Seems faster and cheaper than the GO
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Old October 17th, 2010, 10:50 PM   #71
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I guess they are banking on teh hope that the subway will spur dense development in these areas. You know....like planning for the future?
Lots of small towns want to see dense development in "the future". But some density has to be there in the first place to even justify a rapid bus route or LRT. Typically, any skytrain or subway line is built to replace an existing high-traffic transit corridor. Tunnelling under industrial parks and empty swaths of land is an unprecedented waste of the kind of money that few cities in North America have in this day and age.

Why we even want dense development on the far fringes of the GTA is another question entirely...

Why a subway connecting to YYZ and Mississauga isn't the first priority is also perplexing.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 07:10 PM   #72
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Why a subway connecting to YYZ and Mississauga isn't the first priority is also perplexing.
It's embarrassing that we STILL don't have a train service, an express train service to be exact, to out airport. Just look at London with the Heathrow Express which runs along with the Underground as well. The 192 Airport Express is nice, but for a tourists first experience in Toronto to be of a dirty slow bus...kinda sucks.
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Old October 18th, 2010, 10:59 PM   #73
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A $2.4 billion subway seems far too rich for something that only serves 80,000 passengers a day (extrapolated from 30 million a year) within 5 years of operation. Not to mention this is out in the sticks... York University will likely be the only station that has ridership. The rest are located in sparse, isolated and unwalkable locations next to expressways, high-voltage transmission lines, and car-centric office parks. I can't think of any city in the world that spends extra to bury its suburban rapid transit, and all for such small ridership projections.
Certain politicians just so happen to own land in certain places where this subway just so happens to be heading. Not that I'm insinuating anything here of course.
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It's embarrassing that we STILL don't have a train service, an express train service to be exact, to out airport. Just look at London with the Heathrow Express which runs along with the Underground as well. The 192 Airport Express is nice, but for a tourists first experience in Toronto to be of a dirty slow bus...kinda sucks.
They are building one from Pearson to Union soon
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Old October 21st, 2010, 03:22 AM   #75
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Certain politicians just so happen to own land in certain places where this subway just so happens to be heading. Not that I'm insinuating anything here of course.
Isn't that kind of corruption a little too blatant? Where's the public outcry, esp from Mississauga people?
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Globe article:

Aecon Wins $279-million TTC Subway Deal

TORONTO— The Canadian Press
Published Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 8:46AM EST
Last updated Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 8:49AM EST


Construction and infrastructure development company Aecon Group Inc. says it has been awarded a $279-million contract by Toronto Transit Commission to extend one of the city's main subway lines northward.

The agreement will add two additional subway stops beyond Downsview station, which is current at one end of the U-shaped Yonge-University-Spadina line.

The new stops will be Sheppard West station and Finch West station.

Part of the contract is a joint venture with McNally Construction, Kiewit Construction, and Aecon Constructors to construct 2.6 kilometres of twin tunnel subway track, the company said.

Construction will begin in December and is expected to continue until April, 2014.

“This award is an excellent illustration of the strategy and benefits of bringing Aecon Buildings into the Infrastructure group,” said Teri McKibbon, chief executive of Aecon's Infrastructure group.

“Working together with our partners at McNally and Kiewit, this project will be planned and executed by a strong team including Aecon Buildings and Aecon Constructors personnel.”

Aecon's infrastructure segment includes the construction of both public and private infrastructure, including roads and highways, as well as dams, tunnels and hydroelectric power projects.

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Inside Toronto article featuring the design of the new Finch West Station:

New Subway Design on Display



New subway design on display. The final design of the Finch West subway station will be the subject of an open house Thursday. Courtesy/TTC

TIM FORAN
November 22, 2010


The TTC will unveil its final design for Finch West Station at an open house Thursday, Nov. 25.

Finch West, located at Keele Street and Finch Avenue, is one of six new stations that will be built along the 8.6 kilometre Spadina subway extension from Downsview to Vaughan. Service on the $2.6 billion line is scheduled to begin in 2015.

The main entrance to the new Finch West station will be on the northwest corner of Keele and Finch, according to a conceptual design approved earlier this year.

Across the street, a bus terminal with an automatic entrance will be built on Keele just north of Finch. A 370-space parking lot will be built north of the terminal in the hydro corridor. (A larger 1,900-space parking lot is scheduled to be built at Steeles West Station, which will be located at Northwest Gate and Steeles Avenue above York University.)

A picture of the final design for Finch West's main entrance included on the TTC's website shows a colourfully striped, single-storey structure in a park setting.

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/ci...ign-on-display
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Old November 29th, 2010, 12:49 AM   #78
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another subway station in the middle of nowhere
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Old November 29th, 2010, 03:31 AM   #79
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I predict Keele - Finch station will be a very busy station. Easily the most heavily used station north of Eglinton West
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Old November 29th, 2010, 07:15 AM   #80
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Finch West will take a chunk of passengers away from having to go Finch station. This is what's going to allow the Yonge line extenting to Hwy7.
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