- Apr 24, 2007
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If they are planing on ALRT (SRT/skytrain) type techonolgy, I think it would be a plus if all (non TTC) LRT plans use the same technology. Hence, being able to use the same vehicles and have track connections with the Hamilton and Mississauga LRT lines would be very beneficial.
I hope they never, ever open the books on that damn ALRT technology again. Electrifying the Lakeshore line should be the first step in a long-range plan to electrify passenger rail in southern Ontario and Quebec. First you start by wiring 100km with overhead 25kV AC in the GTA and then, gradually, extend it eastwards and westwards toward Montreal and Windsor to build a high speed rail network in the corridor.
I disagree somewhat about continuing to use our bilevel cars. EMUs allow different lengths to be coupled together for greater flexibility (eg: we could couple 2 3-car sets for weekend service, 4 3-car sets for rush hour service), and, with all axles driven, they can accelerate like rockets. We could keep some of our bilevel rolling stock for long distance, peak-hour service (like a Hamilton Toronto rush-hour express), but thanks to the fact that they are ubiquitous on a lot of NA commuter rail systems, we wouldn't be hard up to find buyers for them.