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    Toronto Ontario Line | ?m | ?s

    I don't believe the TTC has published per-station daily trip numbers since 2019. While crowding feels high at times, I think thats a result of reduced service rather than a full return of ridership. It's very rare today for anybody to be left at Bloor station because the southbound train was...
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    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    Yep. Union South Concourse isn't scheduled to be complete until late 2025, and that contract doesn't include GO Expansion upgrades like electrification. That new platform, however, will almost certainly have the first electrified service at Union station. So it's 2026 at the earliest for Union...
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    Niagara Falls The Stanley District | ?m | 22s | La Pue International

    Not much going on yesterday.
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    Eglinton East LRT | Metrolinx

    Careful with that definition. There are a number tiny automated bus-like vehicles without steering wheels that also don't function outside of their guideway. These are mostly found on university and corporate campuses, but we've even had an Olli 2.0 operating within Toronto. Not to mention...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    That deal was supposed to close near the end of April. Rogers should have complete control over the BAI Canada network at this point.
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    I don't think GO owns any track west of Brant Street between Burlington and Aldershot stations. CN owns it, including the current dead-end track at West Harbour GO. IIRC, Aldershot is not being electrified for this reason.
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    Eglinton East LRT | Metrolinx

    Can we count Montreal and some Paris metro trains as long electric guided buses? The AZUR buses have 8 articulations.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Nice. I'll be using those new reverse-peak weekday trips a couple times this summer. St. Cath to Niagara Falls via Port Colborne/Fort Erie is a nice cycle loop.
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    Mississauga Lakeview Village | ?m | ?s | Argo Developments | Sasaki

    Given the scale of this project, most of it will be developed with a party other than PC in charge. I'm not entirely sure the developer asked for this as a municipally approved Site Plan provides stability through changing governments. An individual at the provincial level who changes with the...
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    Interesting. I don't see anything obvious within recent Transportation Safety Board investigations. Could it be as simple as distributing the weight to for bridge loads?
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    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    I don't think it means anything (with regards to the TTC). TTC, as the operator, cannot begin training until the system is fully completed and ready (Metrolinx accepts CrossLinx as being finished). Usually there is some flexibility to allow access and training of some components while...
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    Toronto Crosstown Line 5 West Extension | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    I'm surprised there isn't a pedestrian path to Islington from Ravenbourne.
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    2023 Toronto Mayoral by-election

    It worked for Michael Stirpe.
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    Toronto The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    I bet the person who rents it works from home most days too. That said, I'm far happier in tiny room with an excellent view than in a typical 2000sqft house looking at the walls and a fence.
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    Collingwood Poplar Regional Health and Wellness Village | ?m | ?s | DPML | SvN

    To support rush-hour trains at a station at the south end of Collingwood (in fields) and rebuilding a single track, perhaps $300M? This assumes the base is good and it just needs the track cleaned up. It would be kinda like Barrie South when that station was initially built. The city would...
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    2023 Toronto Mayoral by-election

    If Doug veto's it publicly then a "Provincially mandated Gardiner repair tax" line can be added to property taxes above any other typical increase, and the Gardiner allocated future-debt can still be moved to other projects. It gives the mayor and council an immediate out for raising taxes to...
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    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes)

    They could do better, but I don't see an obvious way of making that bit of roadway safe for cyclists: zoom out a bit and look at traffic flows. Curb lanes would be crossing large amounts of highway interchange traffic making sharp turns. Segregated lanes in the median for the intersection does...
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    Mississauga Hurontario-Main LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    These are straight construction estimates in current dollars? I don't see an inflation element (future cash-flows) or 30 year maintenance/operations component. How are we supposed to compare it to Metrolinx's super-expensive Hamilton LRT project when Brampton leaves out 70% of the price. Edit...
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    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    Oddly, I find this to be the strongest argument in favour of a new station IFF combined with much higher density zoning within 1.5km of the station so that part of the neighbourhood can be razed and rebuilt. There is currently excess street, sewer, electrical, etc. capacity in that region. If a...
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    Toronto Ontario Line: Queen Station | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | HDR

    It's not Ontario building code. Ottawa Rideau station has a 35.3m long escalator which would reach half way to the Ontario Line platform from the surface. Wheaton Station (Washington) has 70m long escalators (35m vertical-rise) which could reach the Ontario Line platform from the Queen...