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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Great to see LA moving ahead with hydrogen and especially because California is always a trend setting state that other states usually follow. The most significant thing here is that these are Stadler trains as up to this point hydrogen rail had essentially been Alstom as they were the first to...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    The Netherlands has just begun the testing of the Alstom Coradia iLint hydrogen trains that are currently running in Germany. I was surprised to read that the Netherland's has 1000 km of non-electrified rail lines which is a lot considering it's small size. Obviously much of that is freight but...
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    Liberty Village pedestrian link

    Toronto pedestrian bridges...………..where construction cranes are placed on their sides and go to die.
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    VIA Rail

    Your point is well taken and certainly has validity. Just because a new freeway wouldn't get as heavily used as the 401 doesn't mean it isn't needed. The problem, as always, comes down to money. We have a finite amount of money to use on transportation and hence we have to make sure that we get...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    So let's say that Ottawa has a cool $200 billion lying around and CN & CP relent and agree to catenary trains and to chip in a good portion of money to make it all happen and could even get it done by 2100 and even most by 2080. Such a proposal would be an unconscionable dereliction of...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Like I said, battery {although I think with only limited stretches/locations of catenary} is ideal for RER, expecting CN/CP to voluntarily electrify more than 3 meters of catenary is a non-starter. It will NEVER happen as any mandate from Ottawa to decarbonize our freight network will have to...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    Canada's freight network will NEVER employ catenary. It's costing nearly $2 billion to electrify RER's 200km system and with CN/CP we are talking tens of thousands of km of track in far more inhospitable climates and terrain than Toronto. We are literally talking hundreds of billions of dollars...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Hydrogen definitely has excellent applications but it still suffers from a lack of production and distribution infrastructure. For shorter suburban/RER type systems I think battery is the way to go but hydrogen is still very much a viable option. As far as larger applications like long-distance...
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    VIA Rail

    I don't think Montrealers should carless about what VIA think of REM. REM will carry a multitude of more passenger per day than VIA ever will. VIA has had a very long time to improve the Corridor and never has. Quite the contrary, VIA service is slower than it use to be and Montreal shouldn't...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    Sorry Mark. As far as using battery non-catenary routes again, seems like a waste of money. Catenary contact-less overhead charging at each or most stations would solve the problem but would not be susceptible to wind/snow/ice, would be vastly cheaper and easier to build,, would be much...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    Jhon……………..I'm not exactly following you. What's the point of running battery trains if you are going to electrify the entire system anyway? The whole point of battery is that you don't have to spend huge sums on catenary infrastructure in the first place. Certainly catenary/overhead power...
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    160kph Battery Train Technology In GTHA (Electrification Solution for Kitchener Line)

    Well after years of offering alternatives to standard catenary EMUs {and taking a fair amount of insults in the process} it's nice to know I', not the lone fox in the hen house. For the entire network I don't see what catenary has over battery. Battery technology has developed so incredibly fast...
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    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    Fare zones could be problematic in a city like Toronto. Vancouver has zones {although no longer with buses as all buses are one zone but may require an up zone to take SkyTrain} but Vancouver is geographically very different. There are relatively few bus routes that cross zones and the zones...
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    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    I can see fare by distance via Presto and I certainly think most Torontonians would view it as reasonable. Obviously charging per km is absurd but charging by a few km blocks of travel is doable. A example would be 1 to 10km $2.50, 10 to 20km $3.25, and more than 20km $4 whether by bus...
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    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    GO RER could easily surpass the TTC subway in ridership. This is quite common throughout the world especially in cities that have smaller and/or newer Metro systems. Paris, Berlin, Osaka, Sao Paulo, Rio, Buenos Aires, Milan, Rome and many others have RER/suburban rail networks that carry more...

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