The flip side of the longer platforms though is that you need fewer stations to have the same amount of coverage. For example, yes there wouldn't be a Christie or a Lansdowne station on a GO REX DRL, but with longer platforms you get more coverage than you would with subway platforms. And the stations could be built in such a way to place entrances even beyond the ends of the platforms, to maximize walking radii even further.
Originally Posted by Hipster Duck
I do definitely see the argument for more local demand though. But I think that part of the reason why surface transit (particularly streetcar routes) are so crowded is because of the number of long-haul riders on them. Take for example someone getting on at Park Lawn (501) and off at Bay. With the Lakeshore Toronto GO REX, that's probably 1 less person clogging up a streetcar along Queen. That frees up a spot for someone making the trip from Dufferin to Bathurst or Ossington to Spadina.
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