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Recent content by DKsan

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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    It really needs to be split into three routes, because the 25 is doing the heavy lifting for three different demographics. 1. UW > WLU > towards Mississauga: Heavy student focus 2. Kitchener Terminal > Sportsworld > toward Mississauga: For KW locals 3. Ainslie Terminal > Cambridge Centre...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    I've edited my post, but there was an attach files option that I originally used that I thought would display the PDF.
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Just received this press release from Caroline Mulroney's office regarding today's announcement?
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    I do wonder about maybe subsidizing the Waterloo Central Railway (the tourist train), which has been suspended due to the COVID, to run more often, as opposed to LRT-ifying the route.
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    St. James Park Revitalization (PMA Landscape Architects)

    I'd say this kind of thing is controversial because between cameras not capturing skin tones and hand dryers unable to detect people, AI isn't neutral because the people programming such systems have biases and inadvertently programme these into smart systems.
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    Waterfront Transit Reset Phase 1 Study

    I would say that Ontario is forward thinking on #1. There are a lot of longer-term transit projects out there that have some of their initial planning done (Trafalgar BRT, 407 Transitway, KW's ION planning process come to mind)...there just needs to be forward momentum from that. Re #5 with...
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    Montréal Transit Developments

    ....the author is wrong. That's not a tram-train. Tram-trains refer to the operation of light rail from streets onto (usually surface) railway right-of-ways off-street, usually alongside normal heavy rail operations. ION in KW has some tram-train operational elements, when it uses the Elmira...
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    The seemingly terminal decline of Tim Hortons

    Perhaps the Tim Hortons Canada team needs to bring the Tim Hortons UK team to make the coffee taste better? I picked up a coffee the last time I was in Manchester and it tasted great. I suspect the competition from chain with good coffee (Costa, Cafe Nero, Pret a Manger, etc) has meant that they...
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    Parks - new & revitalized

    Toronto should just do what London does and just make every green park into an off-leash park. I was intimidated by this when I first moved to London, but it's not bad actually.
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    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes headed downtown)

    The entire borough of Islington in London, minus some of the arterials managed by TfL, is a 20mph/30kph zone ("twenty is plenty"). Side streets, community collectors, arterials, etc.
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    Oh my gods, it's Bank-Monument confusion. (Context: In London, there's this massive station that links both Bank and Monument stations to the extent that it really should be just one name...except it's not).
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Re: Richmond Hill electrification from the other thread: At some point, some form of electrification will have to occur, no? I'm thinking of eventual electrification of all forms of transport, having one diesel line left seems unlike. So maybe instead of the full catenary, battery trains?
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    Metrolinx: Finch West LRT

    T The KW ION line was put down pretty fast, it was just vehicle delivery that delayed that project.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    As a PR/Comms professional at a public university (not in Canada), this take is irritating. Do you know why places like Metrolinx, governments and universities hire comms professionals to write "mediocre" blogs? Because experts/architects/engineers, etc, are *bad* at writing for public...
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    Toronto Regional Board of Trade Regional Rail Report

    I think the point that just ruins Steve's take is that he concedes that: - This is a series - Local transit will be covered in the next paper - But then complains that local transit isn't included in this paper.