Anyway, what's the city (or province's) aversion to using transit bonds to expand transit? It's done nearly everywhere in the world, including the United States.
Should be able to finance the DRL against future Land Transfer Tax revenues for the corridor (within 1km of a station) just based on Condo and Office expansion. A DRL with stops at Jarvis and Spadina will surely widen the financial district both east and west as South Core will surely be near capacity by this time.
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He's right that Madrid didn't bury line 9 through the desert. (However, the stations often built on top of, making those "underground".)
The streetview link has line 7 running under it.
Neither of these refer to Cercanias. Though since you brought it up, it's worth pointing out that a fair amount of the Cercanias network is underground, even in "suburban" locations.
PPP in regards to transit is mostly a smoke screen that causes major spending above and beyond direct public investment.
However, if Sheppard Subway can just get built... It won't matter in the long run. It'll be far more expensive with PPP, but as long as it's completed it is progress.
To be proven wrong should be celebrated, for it is elevating someone to a new level of understanding.
Building a subway and leaving the city with massive debt while the investors get away scott-free is not progress.
The city's been through that before with the SkyDome / Rogers Centre.
April 11th, 2011
"There’s a New Acronym in Town"
By John Lorinc
Having said that, I do think that public consultations are needed. The informed public (and I stress the informed part) should have a chance to make their valid criticisms and suggestions heard. But the process should not be bogged down by endless consultation that gives little more than a soapbox for people who would be against the project no matter what it entailed to voice their opinion. You know, the "I haven't actually read the report, but I did 30 seconds of research on the internet, and concluded that this type of project is not right for our city" crowd. The kind of crowd that us planners wish we could slap a piece of duct tape over their mouths.
Because this will be done by a PPP, perhaps they will trim the fat around the public consultation process, potentially shortening the exhaustingly long timeline between conception and the start of construction. I'm not a fan of the plan, and I'm sure the business case will be a sham, but I'm interested to see in how they deal with public consultation. Will they get bogged down with the usual soapboxers, will they filter it through to allow for informed opinions to be taken into account, or will it be a completely closed-door process? Time will tell.
You should have heard what the public said about the Hurontario LRT. It's a good thing the public was ignored...