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    VIA Rail

    The simple answer is there is no need for a viaduct. It would needlessly make the construction cost of a new rail line skyrocket, essentially being a several hundred kilometre long bridge. Better to just stick with conventional construction methods. No need for ridiculous fanciful ideas.
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    TTC/Metrolinx: Relief Line North (Proposed)

    I agree with your post, and we've been failing at keeping up with the needed investment for so long that it must be clear by now that it's not just a failure of who's in charge. It's a failure of the governance structure itself. Some sort of fundamental shakeup is badly needed. But it's worth...
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    GTHA Regional Transit Amalgamation Discussion: Superlinx/Subway Upload

    That's just one proposal and not necessarily exactly how the agency would be structured. There's no need to get bogged down in the details when this proposal is really just getting the conversation going in the minds of the public. There are lots of ways that a regional transit agency could be...
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    GTHA Regional Transit Amalgamation Discussion: Superlinx/Subway Upload

    It's baffling because it's untrue. The fear seems to be that Metrolinx would take everything over and that the TTC would cease to exist, and that the institutional culture of Metrolinx would be unchanged. The reality is that even in that scenario, Metrolinx wouldn't have anywhere near the...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    The grey trains are a shame for another reason - they're a symptom of the larger problem of transit fragmentation in Toronto. We have the TTC subway with one colour and wayfinding scheme and the Eglinton LRT with another in the same city for no good reason. Add in completely different design...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Yup, exactly, rapid transit stations typically aren't identified by the agency's corporate logo with "subway" written under it. For example, the Montreal Metro logo isn't the STM logo, the Boston T logo isn't the MBTA logo, and the London Underground logo isn't the Transport for London logo. New...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    That's just the TTC logo. Like I said, Ottawa's O-Train has its own logo that sets it apart from the rest of OC Transpo. Most cities have logos specific to their rapid transit systems. Toronto doesn't.
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    I like that the O-Train has its own logo that sets it apart from the rest of the transit system. It makes it really easy to find a station, especially if you're not familiar with the city. Toronto seems like one of the few cities that doesn't do that.
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    GTHA Regional Transit Amalgamation Discussion: Superlinx/Subway Upload

    I was talking about RER actually. You could argue that it's primarily for the suburbs but it will also be a major expansion for the downtown area, the first since the 1960s. The Spadina and Queens Quay streetcars don’t count. This seems to be a very Toronto trait - the idea that something...
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    GTHA Regional Transit Amalgamation Discussion: Superlinx/Subway Upload

    Yeah that's what I was getting at. That and the fact that the first significant transit investment downtown in half a century is a provincial initiative that never would have happened without a regional transit body, limited as it is. The insistence on underground construction in distant...
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    GTHA Regional Transit Amalgamation Discussion: Superlinx/Subway Upload

    Yes, Vancouver's system is one of the ones I was talking about when I said that a single agency handling transit across the entire region is standard (whether truly unified like Translink or an umbrella like TFL), and being done in Canada. All the fears that Toronto residents have about a...
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    GTHA Regional Transit Amalgamation Discussion: Superlinx/Subway Upload

    lol....comparisons to the Roman Empire? Are you guys for real? There are many transit agencies that are bigger than anything in the GTA could ever have and they function just fine. Why so many people are eager to defend the squabbling fiefdoms that we have to deal with now is beyond me. What...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    The problem isn't that the parking garages exist, it's the fact that they're free. Drivers are being subsidized by everyone else, which encourages driving and discourages transit. Free parking can't continue forever, especially once RER is up and running.
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    VIA Rail

    Oh don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the studies are infallible. I've poked a few holes in the joint Ontario-Quebec one from 2011. But the studies are the only real documents we have to point to the viability of HSR and they all conclude that the Montreal-Toronto portion would be the best...
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    VIA Rail

    Part of the issue with rail on the Prairies is the fact that those provinces have built a massive expressway system. Practically every town is on a divided 4 lane highway and driving is very easy (except in winter storms). Ontario's freeway/expressway system is a lot smaller per capita and our...