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    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    No, that was a quick cellphone pic from an open house handout that I remembered sitting in a folder for the last 27 years. I'll try to remember to scan the whole thing, which is kind of interesting. The light grey bits of the line were possibly to be elevated, the rest underground. I recall...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    I think the Google Earth elevation gizmo shows a slight rise in elevation along that 729 feet. If that is real, it could make a difference.
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    Eglinton West LRT | Metrolinx

    Apologies for the poor image. This is from an open house in 1992. At the time they were considering 2 technologies - full subway or something lighter - and 2 routes to the airport - via 27/Dixon or via Renforth.
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    Metrolinx: Bombardier Flexity Freedom & Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs

    Nope. The only question in my post was about whether this would get through competition regulations, and as the article you linked points out, that is still unknown. I said that Bombardier had not yet sold the division, as it hadn't. It has now got an agreement to do this, which I said it might.
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Grade issue - this may be a very naïve question, but the underpass is going to be practically used northwest-bound only. Is a steeper grade permissible for a "down" track than an "up" track?
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    Metrolinx: Bombardier Flexity Freedom & Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs

    The report you linked is 2 or 3 days old and nothing has been announced. You should not be saying "Alstrom bought" anything. First of all there is no r in Alstom. Second of all, Alstom might buy Bombardier. Who knows if the sale would even be allowed vis-à-vis competition?
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    Liberty Village pedestrian link

    If you design and build structures this butt ugly and devoid of visual appeal, they will get tagged sooner rather than later.
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    Moose Rail (National Capital Region)

    Both the Ottawa and Gatineau transit planners have concluded the POWB is in the wrong place to be a main transit link and will not be using it in the near future, but it is still on the radar as a "maybe in the future" option.
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    Pickering Airport (Transport Canada/GTAA, Proposed)

    In the 60s there was a scheme to build an airport on the Leslie Spit. I'd like to see that dusted off and debated as an alternative to Pickering.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    I'm sure a line under bay or church would be easier, quicker, cheaper, and less vulnerable than a line under the current one.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    The city mounted a new Stage 2 web page here more than a month ago but it seems a few folks haven't found it.
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    Waterfront Transit Reset Phase 1 Study

    The crayon sketch for the Ontario Line shows it running under the intersection of Cherry and the railway/Lakeshore corridor. A station added there would serve the Distillery, Don Lands, a huge chunk of the Bayfront,, and be 220 feet from the streetcar loop. I suspect there is something going on...
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    VIA Rail

    It drives me a little nuts the way folks on forums talk about Ford does this and Trudeau does that as though they individually sit and design transit lines, social programs, windmill farms etc. They don't. Government is big, processes are complex, and this stuff is not all easy. VIA is a crown...
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    Toronto | U of T: Trinity College Residence | 52m | 14s | U of T | Mecanoo Architecten

    And they say no one could build a matching extension to the Chateau Laurier...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    To summarize what others have said, they are a significant element in Toronto's culture. You seem to be seeing them just as engineering or infrastructure. What an impoverished understanding.