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GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

Montreal also values the design of its public spaces. Toronto optimizes for cheap, functional - and then every other characteristic after that. Beauty is way down on that list.
There's truth to that - though there's exceptions. I don't think Montrealer's will be enthralled by the new Deux-Montagnes line (Line 3?) stations they way they usually are.

At the same time, the work on the rest of Union station has been very good in my opinion. The work to maintain some of the historic elements, and even the use of finishes in the undercroft areas!
 
Montreal also values the design of its public spaces. Toronto optimizes for cheap, functional - and then every other characteristic after that. Beauty is way down on that list.
A little bit of an overgeneralization. It seems there are more good examples of design of public infrastructure in Montreal, but in Toronto there are still many great examples of well designed investments in the public realm. It seems that time period and government in charge plays a large role in determining if design is utilitarian and cheap, or leaning towards design excellence. There are buildings holding hydro transformers in Toronto that look like castles, but transit stations that look like a bathrooms. Some transit stations were designed by architects, some by engineers. Parkettes that look like european squares, and parkettes that look like vacant lots that someone forgot to develop. You have the waterfront area where everything from buildings to streetlights, to stormwater facilities, to utility yards, to traffic medians goes to design review, and other areas that clearly have little review at all.
 
Replies to that tweet that were Liked by GO Expansion. Gotta love when the social media manager and the organization aren’t on the same page

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Financial close for usep

Platform 20/21 in use as of Feb 16 with 24-27 closing then too for 3 years

"Next up, starting Feb. 16, GO trains will start to use this platform to board customers and the south platforms (24/25 and 26/27) will be decommissioned to make way for USEP. This project will realize the construction of the transit infrastructure and upgrades at the southernmost part of Union Station, including:"

560 million and completion fall 2025
 
Interesting how there's some switch-heater like melty spots in places where there don't appear to be any track switches.
Switch heaters are located where it's convenient for them to be. Sometimes, that means two or three tracks over from where the points are actually located. And because they are just fans and heaters blowing hot air, those pipes running from the heater to the points also manage to melt the snow.

Dan
 

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