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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    Ha ha. Well, I guess I'm trying to be a bit of a realist here. One thing we should remind ourselves right off the bat, is that people who ride HSR are not the same as people who ride transit, especially people who would ride HSR in the suburbs. Even in France, the major suburban HSR stations...
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    As you know, not having an HSR station in Brampton is not the same as not having a serious regional rail station in Brampton. There, of course, I think it's essential for Brampton to have decent service. However, I don't think that an HSR should be forced to stop at Pearson and then, again, 5...
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    "Wide" is very relative. Right now, every platform is so narrow that you essentially can't get around the staircase on the platform itself. You are forced to use that staircase to access and exit the platform. 1,500 people taking 5 minutes to leave a platform currently is neither something...
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    Why force a transfer for the overwhelming majority of people who are coming in from downtown?
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    Not so fast. In cities that have regional rail, people don't wait in the shopping concourse and go up when their train arrives, because their train is in and out of the station in 60 seconds. It's the equivalent of waiting in the mezzanine until you hear your subway come. As soon as you go...
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    Not having a direct, pedestrian connection to an integrated long-distance, through-running HSR station at the airport isn't the end of the world. There are only a handful of airports anywhere that have this sort of arrangement. I'm sure there are others, but off the top of my head I can only...
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    GO Transit: Union Station Shed Replacement & Track Upgrades (Zeidler)

    +1 Not to mention DRL connections in the Financial District. In hindsight, the Union station refurbishment (and adding just another platform to the subway station) was too premature. Had we known that we need to integrate frequent electric regional rail, another subway line and potential HSR...
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    Whether she's the education minister is irrelevant. First and foremost she is the MPP for her riding, and her immediate need is to get reelected by her constituents. To do so, she should shield herself against empty promises that probably can't be kept. Glen Murray might be able to tell...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Planned)

    The problem with a gondola, apart from the fact that it's a needless introduction of a gadgetbahn, is that it forces a transfer on both ends. In Vancouver, crush-loaded articulated buses climb the 300 meter vertical of Burnaby mountain every day to serve students at SFU. I think a high...
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    TTC: Flexity Streetcars Testing & Delivery (Bombardier)

    I dunno, there are a lot of hyper-obese people on public transit, especially in poorer areas. But those people are more likely to be obese because they are poor and marginalized and have diseases like diabetes, and other social determinants of health, than because they drive and have sedentary...
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    2014 Municipal Election: Toronto Mayoral Race

    To add to what typezed is talking about, Chow can't bank on her status as a "woman, immigrant and visible minority". Even though we live in a majority-minority city, minorities aren't a unified bloc. By making these comments, Chow doesn't come off as representing the 50% of the city that is a...
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    New Transit Funding Sources

    If you think that you will be sitting in a high speed train whisking you through some cornfields outside of St. Mary's in 2024, then I have some swampland in Florida to sell you.
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    New Transit Funding Sources

    I don't, for a minute, think that things will be built as described in Murray and Wynne's announcement. Bits and pieces of what have been announced might, but over a longer schedule and in a much more compromised manner than many of us are expecting. It should be read as a platform to...
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    High Speed Rail: London - Kitchener-Waterloo - Pearson Airport - Toronto

    I wouldn't even say it's a proposal. I'd say it's some out-loud musing by a government minister who has a track record of waffling and empty rhetoric should be taken with a container of salt. I mean, it can't be a total coincidence that the $29B funding story - which, if it were true, would be...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Ha, by GO standards, that parking garage actually has some flair.

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