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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Who sold Ottawa their LRT sytem, Lyle Lanley?
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    Roads: Ontario/GTA Highways Discussion

    It absolutely should. I've not heard of any offical plans to do so though.
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    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    Interesting that the renders appear to show the existing diesel GO trains. Won't all of the Smart Track integrated lines be electrified by the time the stations are operational?
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I took the train to West Harbour today (early afternoon). Wouldn't say it was overly crowded, particularly after Burlington when a majority of the passengers disembarked, but there were a decent number of people waiting to board the return eastbound train at West Harbour, and even more when I...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    As far as I can tell this rendering (more like a cocktail napkin sketch) doesn't take into account the planned "hybrid" realignment of the Gardinder.
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    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    Having an express airport rail station at Weston (where no other rapid/major transit lines intersect) never rally made sense to begin with, it was done soley as a way to get the local community onboard with the project. An UP station at Eglinton once the Crosstown is running will be far more...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Looking at the Front and Parliament intersection on Street View - is it known yet exactly where the station is planned to be constructed? I assume it'll be either the Budget car rental site or the vacant lot directly north of the data centre.
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    VIA Rail

    Glad Via is finally modernizing their on board payment system (always felt guilty making the attendant go through the whole carbon paper song and dance for a $1.50 can of Coke), but find it odd that Interac won't be accepted. Don't debit purchases usually cost the vendor less in transaction fees...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Indeed. My guess is that Via's poor quality signal is mainly due to the rural areas their trains pass through, conditions that the (mostly) GTA confined GO trains won't have to deal with.
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    Toronto | The Well | 174.03m | 46s | RioCan | Hariri Pontarini

    The scale of this is staggering. It's reminding me a bit of the Hudson Yards development in NYC.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Some kind of increase to the Milton Line train service I assume. Not expecting much (maybe 1 extra train each way per weekday) seeing as how CP guards that line like Gollum grasping his ring.
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    Pickering Airport (Transport Canada/GTAA, Proposed)

    I agree with a lot of this, especially the unfortunate "build only when we have absolutely no choice" Canadian ethos. The thing is, we tried constructing an airport for the future once and got the white elephant of Mirabel. (Though with Trudeau/Dorval reaching capacity Montreal might soon regret...
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    Metrolinx: Bombardier Flexity Freedom & Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs

    As an aside, I've noticed that US transit systems tend to use male voices for automated stop announcements, whereas in Canada it's almost always female. Wonder why that is.
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    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    It's pretty obvious the GTA needs another true international airport, whether it's building out YHM or building one from scratch at Pickering.