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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Incorrect. You aren't even close. The distance from the fronts of these residential units on either side of Lloyd Manor, to the edge of Eglinton is about 12 meters: Down the street is this segment, where the distance from the houses on one side to the houses on the other side is about 60m...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    I've got a technical theory about this, that doesn't revolve around Metrolinx's "it's faster" argument..... or my personal opinion which is that it's Ford's old ward and Associate Transport Minister Kinga Surma's current riding, and they're giving it "special treatment" as is completely typical...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    It's not about the seats, it's about capacity around the doors. Angled siding reduces peak capacity at every door by a few people.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Something we should keep in mind when discussing width is that the TR's walls are completely vertical, which maximizes interior space. The Metropolis trains Alstom built for Shanghai are 3.2m in width, but feel more cramped than the TR because it curves in at head height. If we get 3.0m...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    The thing is, this is a problem we can't necessarily build our way out of. We usually talk about "induced demand" in relation to widening highways (Highway 401 being a gold-star example), but it does apply to rail transit as well. Increase the frequency or availability of service, and more...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Lawrence East GO disappeared because of this: Metrolinx had internally determined that it was a bad idea, but John Tory demanded it be included anyways as it was part of his SmartTrack election prop transit map.
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Reintroducing a streetcar service that previously existed isn't really "expansion", is it? So I don't count Spadina or St Clair, or Harbourfront for that matter. (The Spadina streetcar is also slower than the bus service it replaced, and St. Clair is a gong-show, so maybe they aren't good...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Yonge Extension wouldn't necessarily collect a lot of new riders that are bound for downtown. I wish I could take you back in time 12 months and make you stand at the corner of Yonge & Steeles for an hour during the morning rush, just to observe the sheer number of buses going through that...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Sure, but hey, we're already further along on literally every project I've listed than we ever were for any Transit City project when Rob Ford was elected and cancelled the whole thing. If you want be pessimistic to leave out everything that isn't under construction today, that's fine -- the...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    That's fair. Along those lines, I've long been an advocate of adding GO stations at the Humber Loop and Roncesvalles, but it's always seemed that Metrolinx's aversion to "competing" with the TTC is why this hasn't happened. Now that Metrolinx wants to be the overlord of all public transit...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    That drastic change is already happening right in front of us. Last 30 years: Downsview -- 1996. Sheppard -- 4 new stops in 2002. York University GO -- 2002. TYSSE -- 5 new stops in 2017. UPX -- 2 new stops in 2015. (The airport is technically not in Toronto) Renforth Mississauga BRT station...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Strictly speaking that wouldn't be in the danger zone because it's still thousands below the low end of the "crowding level". But whatever, that's a nickpick. Your post is built up around a belief that OL headways will be significantly worse than what is done elsewhere today, and that it'll...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    This is still a largely theoretical argument because we don't know what the OL rolling stock or configuration will be. But, assuming fully-auto 100m x 3.0m trains with 90 second headway as proposed in the IBC, the difference is not really all that substantial, is it? Let's play with the math a...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Good post and good points. I didn't give any thought to the existing 100 bus. I think you're right, this will completely change when the OL opens. Aruably there will be no need to go all the way down to Broadview anymore, so maybe the south end of the route could loop around Laird and...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Larger station boxes, too (my calculation is 20%), whether the needs of each neighbourhood merit it or not. Cosburn and Moss Park are great places for stops, IMO, but it's almost impossible to perceive either of them being busier than Main Street or High Park in the next 50 years. A 100m-ish...

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