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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There's another Quick Fix solution that they were considering just right before the Pandemic. Unfortunately, we know what happened when March 2020 rolled around. Hopefully it still can get done, now that the brand new all-day West Harbour lights a massive spotlight on this? (Unless there's a...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The Metrolinx 2041 RTP shows 15 minute service to Hamilton downtown, so it is definitely in a Metrolinx master plan. Multiple sources confirm to me that multiple Hamilton stations will eventually get allday 2-way service. Toronto already has multiple, as does various GTHA municipalities such as...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    On the Union-Hamilton-Niagara service of the future: I think these extra trainsets are easily justified if they add the through-tracks at West Harbour GO station, to accomodate the extra traffic. Hamilton, a more major city than Oakville and Burlington, is still bypassed by the Niagara...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I was once on a nonstop express GO train between Union to West Harbour that made it in a mere 47 minutes -- an actual special GO train. It was one of those PanAm 2015 Games express trains, that had a 30-minute late departure. It nearly completely made up for that time. I'll never forget that...
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    Trackless Trams (BRT/LRT hybrid or alternative)

    In certain cases, trackless tram buses are great as upgrades for existing BRT. Many existing Transitways would be a great fit for similiar travehicles (whether driven or selfdriving) once ridership increases enough. Although LRTs are better for fresh builds, they can be an okay “Right Tool For...
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    Please allow me to demonstrate the classic flip flop. <throws sandals in the air> ....When the LRT is predictably resurrected in a few years, we’ll be wondering why we’ve dithered for 15 years over it. Not as bad as some Toronto transit lines though, unless you include the 1980s SkyTrain...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Please don't touch the 25 kilovolt catenary!
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    Hamilton LRT (Metrolinx/City of Hamilton, Revived)

    Worth reposting my earlier post for some numbers demystifying: ___________ The team (in large part assisted by Ryan McGreal) have been doing a great job at hamiltonlightrail.ca and tweeting from @HamOntLightTrail ...leaked documents show cost overrun is only 2% A highly recommended follow...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Yes, core as catenary. Also, Metrolinx won’t be first. Batteries are not really yet needed until Metrolinx 2041 with 15 minute service over freight lines planned. That means lithium battery trains will have 25 years of maturity before being Used as extension routes. A kind of a future Phase...
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    Toronto | CIBC SQUARE | 241.39m | 50s | Hines | WilkinsonEyre

    On a rainy night, parts of Toronto already look distinctly cyberpunk. The illuminated towers of newly manhattanified Yonge Street.
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Fair enough -- it's hard to tell sarcasm on modern forums without a "/s" tag -- given the era (alas). Certainly batteries in trains not new. What's new is the unexpectedly big changes in economics of lithium batteries, propelled by the emerging automotive electrification. That has...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    Yes, future electric trains likely will use efficient heatpump climate control, to allow only 1kW to add/remove 3kW of heat in a dual operation (air conditioning + heating capability), so that will definitely mitigate those needs. However... Possibly an overestimate.... but you know those...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    Another angle. Ford is going to sell a battery-powered F150 pickup truck soon. On a related recent happening, Ford's prototype electric F150 pickup truck -- about 450 horsepower -- hauled 1.25 million pounds in fully loaded freight train. That's approximately the same weight as a...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    I'll be conservative on this particular front. I prefer 100% cat for first phase, but include battery trains in second phase. By the time Metrolinx decides to "electrify to Hamilton" (whether be 2041 or later -- Metrolinx 2041 Regional Transit Plan specifies Hamilton 15-minute by year 2041)...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I don't know if you are being sarcastic or not, but.... Before you make such obviously incorrect allegations, please see the mathematics. I got A+ in my math classes. Also, your claim borders on a name-call, doesn't it? While I make strong claims, I have not alluded to crossing such a...

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