Looks like you can fit 8 tracks in that corridor.
Though it does get narrower at some points, we can be happy that we don't have to worry too much about physical constraints in that corridor. With a modern signalling system, it can handle pretty much anything we choose to run. That's why I was so baffled by the recent high-speed rail study that said, presumably based only on a chat with some guy at Metrolinx or GO, that the Weston corridor couldn't accommodate high-speed rail.
Anyhow, I have posted a map and explanation of my preferred track/service layout here, on the fantasy maps thread.
Strachan Avenue Grade Separation seems to be making good progress. Pictures taken from middle deck of a Barrie Line GO train on Sunday afternoon:
The Mill Street/Railroad Street grade crossing west of Brampton Station makes me think a third track would be tricky. Possible if you shaved Railroad Street to one way only but Mill Street crossing itself would likely have to close. There's also the issue of the crossing track (from Orangeville to Streetsville?) which may also have to be depressed under the mainline (if retained at all)
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There's been rumours in the past that OBRY would abandon Streetsville-Brampton and connect with CN rather than CP at Brampton (CP still owns the track and serves the customers between Streetsville Jct and Highway 401. It would eliminate what is otherwise redundant trackage to just connect with CP, but nothing came of that. Yes, long term plans would require Brampton's station building to be moved 10-20 metres to the north, but I prefer the Railroad Street 3rd track myself as well, as the new second platform could easily be modified for a third track.
I wish that the CN/CP bypass via the 407 "Greenbelt" was built, but that ship has all but sailed at this point. It would have freed up both GO's routes through Mississauga and Brampton.
Has the ship sailed? Has something happened that would make it more difficult to build? It makes a huge amount of sense as a project, since the section through downtown Brampton would be very difficult to widen sufficiently. The only problem I can see would be the loss of direct connections to some of the major industries in Brampton.I wish that the CN/CP bypass via the 407 "Greenbelt" was built, but that ship has all but sailed at this point. It would have freed up both GO's routes through Mississauga and Brampton.
I guess you could conceive of a situation where the lower Brampton-Mississauga stretch was turned over to an LRT or O-Train-type operation of some nature, but I dunno if the route really has much by way of a healthy built-in ridership.... it mostly runs through low-density sprawl, although I guess with a bit of new track at each end you could connect downtown Brampton with the newish employment lands near the 401 and Derry.
I was mainly referring to the Brampton to Mississauga stretch. It's a great route that connects central Mississauga to Downtown Brampton, and it also serves the Meadowvale Business Park.
Moving the exist station is no problem, but the area west of the station will cause problems for the existing complex. Then Mill St would have to be close at some future date.
As for CP tracks, doing a fly under is out of the question due to cost as well low traffic.
Running a GO line to Orangeville would have to come off the Milton line if a 3rd track went in at Brampton as there would be no room for a cut off from the Georgetown Line to the Orangeville line without crossing the other tracks.
To service Orangeville, you run a different type of service with shorter trains. I have been on EmU's with 2 cars that carry very few riders over the 90 minute route. Even been on 2 cars DMU between Glasgow and Edinburgh Scotland as well 5 cars where service is every 15 minutes. Some of those trains are express well others are milk runs with various other service in between.
Having a GO line to Orangeville would offer better transit service to Mississauga, Meadowvale and Brampton, as well Orangeville. Would take a number of cars off the road. Can see 6 station for the line not including the Milton Line.