Yes I found it odd that the 412 and 418 were tolled.
The 407 is a toll road, no question thats its purpose. It is an alternative to another highway (401)
But the 412/418 will be like the 427/404, etc in coming years.
That being said im pro-toll for the DVP and Gardiner. But thats due to...
The plan was to use Leaside Spur, a bit of new track along CP branch and route the Richmond Hill train down the purchased CP Don Branch to straighten it out and avoid all of the mess that is the lower don flood plain. It would make the trip comparable to Barrie Line.
Unfortunately a rail trail...
1970s builder/realter: "Trains? Oh? The train tracks... yeah, I mean, of course don't worry about that! Trains are dead. Cars are the future. Heck, in 30 years we will all have flying self driving computer cars. So this is a good investment. In 10 years they will be ripping those tracks out"
There are definitely some topological considerations, and I think the transitway would have to go south of the reservoir, utilizing the extra corridor space on Finch for a short period, but if painted soccer lines on grass are going to cancel transit plans in Toronto then we are truly lost...
according to my friend who works for the city in the bike planning department, curb cuts are one of the biggest red tape projects he has to deal with. Apparently there are 4 levels of government you need to sign off on in order to get them to happen.
Someone ought to sue the city due to them...
I was thinking a long-term solution (if the Allen doesnt get torn out before it happens) would be to create a little Beltline Rail Deck esque park between the two bridges.
There were already plans to deck the Allen
This would only relegate the proposal to the Beltline area between the two bridges
Hydro corridor would be good for an express service busway that GO and TTC could use (similar to Mississauga Transitway), for express service with only stops at:
-Yorkgate area/ Access for GO buses to Highway 400
-Finch West TTC/GO station
-Old Cummer GO...
I really don't think a bridge will be built for this trail.
Instead what will probably happen is one sidewalk of each bridge will be turned into a one-way trail for each direction.
As long as they separated from traffic with bollards or curbs etc id be ok with this.
I hope whatever they do they consult with VIA on the power system.
I foresee VIA HFR being extended to London in the future via Kitchener, and it would be a pain if the electrification for the current HFR plan and Metrolinx was a different standard.