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Recent content by treplow

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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.
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    Toronto | The One | 308.6m | 85s | Mizrahi Developments | Foster + Partners

    That heritage building on stilts looks like it could collapse at any minute.
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    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    You're right about that. Most people's impression of GO is thundering 12 car diesel trains running a few times a day at rush hour. It's going to take a lot of work to change that perception.
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    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    I'd keep Gerrard for the potential connection to the 506 streetcar and the sheer distance between Leslieville and Pape.
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    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    I'm wary of derailing this thread into a political grudge match, and they've given us plenty of other reasons to mistrust them, but have the Trudeau Liberals actually gone back on any promised transit funding since they took power? I can't think of any cancelled projects but maybe I'm missing...
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    Pickering Airport (Transport Canada/GTAA, Proposed)

    Haha fair enough. I've come around on LRT @ YHM - a direct connection to Hamilton GO Centre and/or West Harbour in tandem with AD2W service on the Lakeshore West line would be a valid interim ground transit solution
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    Pickering Airport (Transport Canada/GTAA, Proposed)

    I'm in the "let's use/expand what we have before building something from scratch" camp so I support the build out of Hamilton International before starting on Pickering if needed. But the fact remains that YHM has some legitimate location and ground transportation challenges that I feel people...
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    Pickering Airport (Transport Canada/GTAA, Proposed)

    Not a pre-requisite in North America I agree, but if YHM is to complement/compete with Pearson as a true second international airport for the GTA it's going to have to offer a more effective ground transportation method than a bus. People aren't sitting in 1.5 hours of rush hour traffic to get...
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    Pickering Airport (Transport Canada/GTAA, Proposed)

    Unless a verrry long spur is constructed off of the existing CN mainline through the Dundas Valley, I don't see any realistic way of building passenger rail access to the Hamilton Airport. Unless the idea is to have air passengers take a local LRT down a hypothetical Upper James St. line to...