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    RapidTO: Citywide Streetcar Priority (City of Toronto, TTC)

    I've been on LRT systems in the US where the signal controllers will swap the order of the straight and left turn phases when there is an LRV waiting at the intersection, that way the LRV doesn't have to wait for cars turning left. I don't see why this wouldn't work on Spadina, though I've never...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Would GO be able to do what Greyhound used to do and charter extra sections from private coach operators, at least temporarily? The Greyhound service between KW and Toronto was always busy and it wasn't uncommon to see quadruple and even quintuple sections on certain schedules. I'd assume a lot...
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    Toronto | GO Transit: Davenport Diamond Grade Separation | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    The Newmarket sub used to have block signals (at least, not sure if full CTC) to at least Gravenhurst until sometime in the early 2010s. The signals can clearly be seen on old Google Street View imagery of the ONR station in Gravenhurst, and a decommissioned signal (the head is turned away from...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    North of Bloor is for ballast replacement in the open cut. The train probably ought to speed up a bit going into the station as the slow order ends at the crossover but it doesn't, I'm guessing due to the way the braking curve at Bloor station is set up in the ATC system.
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    Toronto | Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design) | ?m | ?s

    I wouldn't be surprised if the TTC orders more TRs (or slightly updated versions) to replace the T1s (or orders new trains for Yonge and cascades the TRs onto Bloor), seeing how the TRs have been the TTC's most reliable subway stock.
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    VIA Rail

    I'd say your example is a bit of a special case, because in 1992 much of that time (looks like around 6 out of those 9 hours) would be spent on poor quality track in the former East Germany.
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    VIA Rail

    From late 1992 The current fastest service is just over an hour slower, on the same tracks (and this was before the resignalling and 3rd track projects in the 00s).
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    If anything it would make more sense for GO to extend the 25 Waterloo buses to Kipling using the transitway, it would make travel between Toronto and KW much easier now that Greyhound is gone.
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    Intercity Bus Services

    Coach Canada and one or two successors couldn't make this route work, so I doubt Flixbus will try.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    421/422 is the only regular CN train pair on this line, it's a huge train with a little bit of everything including autoracks and double-stacks and is mostly interchange traffic to/from CSX and NS. It gets broken up at Port Robinson. There used to be another manifest freight (330/331?) that went...
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    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    I (kinda) remember the landside shopping area at T3, it definitely lasted a few years beyond 9/11. I remember there being a licensed mini-Harrods (I think this did not survive too long), a Virgin CD store, I think a duty free shop and several full sit-down restaurants. It reflected a time when...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There's a lot of commuter demand between Western University and the GTA. It may not be daily 9-5 but it exists. If this service ran on the Dundas sub it would likely be more successful, but I don't think there's enough track time unless GO replaces all/some of the existing VIA service.
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    General railway discussions

    BNSF has crews repairing their line right now and will apparently have the line open pretty soon, which is not surprising given that railways are pretty experienced in fixing washouts quickly. The biggest problem with diverting trains through the US is probably the bottlenecks in Chicago. CN...
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    General railway discussions

    There are people on this forum more qualified than me to meaningfully assess the extent of the damage here. I will note that washouts in the Fraser Canyon are actually pretty common and CP and CN have lots of experience repairing them. The only alternate routes for rail traffic to/from the...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Regarding Milton, how much freight traffic currently operates on the Galt sub in Mississauga? I suspect it's less than on CN between the York Halton sub and Bayview. I used to live in London and would listen to the RTC giving OCS clearances to trains on the scanner, there were usually less than...