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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I said it was an optimistic guess. Its basis was guesswork. And some experience of how Amilcar does things. ARG1 may be correct about them practicing different scenarios. They may also be practicing different headways. They have said that trains will run 12 minutes at all hours, but the...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    My optimistic guess is she is 95 % sure they can open in June and wants to underpromise then overdeliver rather than the contrary.
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    Toronto Therme Spa/West Island at Ontario Place | 45.15m | 9s | Therme Group | Diamond Schmitt

    We see why Thug brought paper bags back. We'll need them. :>(==@
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    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    That's a good question. Is it activated by the presence of a vehicle, or just set to go green all the time? Or malfunctioning? I drove in LA for a few years and noticed several intersections at roads comparable in size to Eglinton or Sheppard where the lights responded in different and complex...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Does the length of a turnout indicate whether the geometry allows for high speeds? I'm curious about the turnouts on the new section of the Trillium line in Ottawa. They are about 100 meters in length and not near the stations, so one hopes they will allow for 80 kph turnouts. (Yes, Ottawa...
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    General railway discussions

    You've hit the nail on the head. We vote for lower taxes, and sit in astonishment as the health care system that was part of our national identity 10 years ago - along with our transportation system - collapses to third world standards in front of our eyes. I'll use my LCBO paper bag to barf...
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    Sheppard Line 4 Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Since this discussion is going in a loop, I'll repeat the "what about" concerning the huge and difficult to repurpose empty section of the rail yard located to the north-east.
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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    I don't know what hybrid car bit KeithZ, but mine didn't cost a lot, gets 3.7 lp100k real-world on some trips, has never had a mechanical fault, and will go nearly 1000k on a tank. They are a good bridge to the all-electric era that's coming, but for which North America is not ready.
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    Toronto Union Station Revitalization | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | NORR

    We were promised fast trains years ago too. That's a bigger disappointment.
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    Toronto Ontario Line: Osgoode Station | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | HDR

    Pedestrians will certainly have several minutes to enjoy the spectacle while trekking from the surface to the OL platform.:)
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    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413

    I think I just heard Thug say on the radio, almost literally, No we won't increase density in residential areas, we'll sprawl our way out of this. Yikes.
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    In no way will it be necessary. The talk about rebuilding two kilometres of "tight curves" is nonsense. The tightest curves on the main line are in about 120 metres. Someone had better tell Seattle, LA and San Diego, for example, to immediately rebuild their systems since they all have curve...
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    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    To be fair, the location on Carlaw did make more sense in terms of proximity to density and TOD, but yes it did increase complexity and cost unreasonably. A similar thing happened when, to appease a relatively affluent NIMBYhood, Ottawa moved part of Phase 2 into a tunnel below the water line...
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    Toronto Eglinton Line 5 Crosstown West Extension | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    Abomination is a bit strong. Many cities have built elevated structures that are not ugly, but none of them are in Ontario. Transportation engineering in Canada is almost without exception hideous because we don't ask that it not be so.
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    VIA Rail

    I had bags weighed (20 kg limit) in Australia in January. Staff were very friendly about it and actively work with riders to reduce the weight if required. They will sell you a big shopping bag so you can grow your carry on. Train limits are about the maximum of each bag, not really the...
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    Part of the problem is the tendency for politicians and agencies to try to sell their projects by calling them Rapid Transit when what they really mean is the less sexy Higher Order Transit. In the earlier days of planning the suburban LRTs, planners were saying speeds could be 26-27 kph with...
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    Danforth Line 2 Scarborough Subway Extension

    I don't for a minute buy that that busway has to take three years. If they just started demolishing now and designed an asphalt strip with some shelters they could do it by Christmas. Someone is killing this by design.
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    VIA Rail

    This is a bit of a myth. Every technology company has to bring in specialized workers from equipment suppliers, management, and technical specialties in order to get a foreign operation going, whether it's a factory, R&D, programming, CGI, what have you. Most go home after a few months with a...
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    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    Don't forget that they will only cross the road after the left-turning cars, because apparently in Toronto it's impossible for left signals to have anything but first dibs.