- Apr 25, 2007
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Let's not forget that more trains would have to run on Yonge to achieve higher capacity, in addition to the Bloor/Yonge expansion and the PED installation. More trains mean an increase in operating costs.
Yes. More trains does add to operating, but not very much. The fixed costs of maintaining the tunnel, signals, track, and stations outweighs that cost significantly.
Boosting frequency on Yonge is a variable cost which can be adjusted to match ridership.
Maintaining a DRL is a fixed cost that exists even if there are zero riders. Even a mothballed line requires tens of millions of dollars of maintenance per year.
Due to the challenges in raising fares and obtaining subsidy, it is pretty obvious why TTC management would want to avoid a large fixed addition to the SOGR expense account when there are alternatives that can work temporarily which do not add a fixed expense.
I think it is worth while building the DRL but we should allow the TTC flexibility to fund some of the fixed maintenance costs outside of fare-box revenue.