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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    I think that right-of-way will be difficult to use if wide-bodied TTC trains are retained on Line4: - The guideway will have to be rebuilt, and the new guideway has to be much wider; is there enough room for that. - New 150-m long elevated station (or 100-m for 4-car trains, but with no option...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    And re. sending Line 4 to STC vs staying on Sheppard: both options have their pros and cons from the network perspective. For all the connecting routes serving places north of 401 (McCowan, Malvern, the Zoo and the rest of Sheppard East), it is best if both Line 2 and Line 4 terminate at...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    I'm not going to say this is a bad idea. But please note that the connection will be challenging. The Line 2 tracks are going to point north; in order to turn west, they would need to make a giant curve north of Sheppard, and it will be hard not to get under any houses if the 300-m turning...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Conversion to low-floor LRT (Transit City mode) would be expensive and would take a lot of time: need to lower the platforms or rise the tracks, that brings a host of other changes. Conversion to another type of high-floor trains (such as OL) should be both cheaper and faster. It might be...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Local residential density never drives ridership at the subway level. Line 1 and Line 2 are very busy because of the feeder routes, while walk-in riders make a small portion of all users.
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    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    Yep, I noticed this as well. The route could change by the time they get to the design phase, but this is the way they see it now.
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    This option should be cheapest, but it will be less appealing / less popular, whether you take the big-picture view or the next-step view. If one wants a long line that spawns from the Rouge Hill GO station to say Rexdale, then a continuous line is clearly more appealing, and the cost of...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    I don't have the numbers, but the general idea is this: A. The cost of converting the existing line is constant (all 5.5 km have to be converted at once) B. The cost reduction from using the more agile technology for the new section is roughly proportional to the length of that new section...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    Thinking big picture, changing to a more agile technology for this corridor is a money saver. Outer sections can be constructed for less, and that can offset the cost of refitting the existing 5.5 km. But if one looks at the next step alone, then the long-term saving from the more appropriate...
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    TTC: Sheppard Subway Extension (Proposed)

    If Sheppard subway is converted to another (more agile) high-floor rolling stock, then few if any structural changes will be needed. There could be a number of elements to modify: perhaps the rail gauge, electric and control systems etc. But that should be doable in months, not years. And, it...
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    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    @TigerMaster: I like your map, it is another viable configuration of rapid transit lines in the western half of the city. However, I do not expect the ridership of the single diagonal line to be that dramatically high: Dufferin's local demand is not that high by the subway standards. That...
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    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    For the next western high-capacity line into downtown, a Dufferin - Jane or Dufferin - Lawrence - Rexdale routing will likely attract higher ridership than a line along the lake could. However, I am not sure it should be built as a western extention of OL. OL at the Exhibition goes a bit too far...
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    Toronto | Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design) | ?m | ?s

    More likely, they can replicate the King Street setup. Streetcars in the middle, local car traffic allowed (deliveries and taxis), right-in-right-out and no through auto traffic.
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    Toronto | Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design) | ?m | ?s

    In this case, I would go with retaining the streetcar service, while tweaking some of the routes. For example, today both #501 and #502 cross Yonge. Once the OL opens, #501 can continue serving downtown while #502 can be shortened and just connect the Kingston Road loop to the closest OL...
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    Toronto | Crosstown Line 5 West Extension | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    That's reasonable, however some of the single family lots can be acquired much sooner than after a generation. Some owners will be happy to sell for a market+ price, and some will be convinced by the fact that the adjacent lots are being filled with highrises and the density around them is...

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