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  1. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    Ok, then I think we are on the same page, as that is what I would support. I don't think a train to Barrie with bus connection onward to Collingwood would be a successful venture. At the very least, it would be nice to see this studied (if it already has not been?).
  2. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    Of course that is true. We need to make it appealing. A shuttle bus is a gap, true. But that gap will exist for users everywhere in almost every case, even in transit meccas. When people arrive at Union, many need to transfer (i.e to the subway). Functionally that isn't much different than a...
  3. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    No, the goal should be to convince people they don't need to own a car at all. Once they own cars, the battle is nearly lost before we start. To do that you need a robust network with many regional destinations. Not only hubs of employment, but destinations that also offer education, recreation...
  4. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    Yes our commuter train system caters to drivers who make up the majority. Go figure. The past does not need to define the future. You are missing the point of regional rail. I bet you that the typical GO demographic is not the same group of people riding trains to Niagara Falls.
  5. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    Yes, I understand how the 2/3 think. I am one of them. I have a vehicle too, and have always had one. But building the future by catering towards them is silly. We should be encouraging growth in the 1/3 demographic by creating a large regional transit network that gives people the ability to...
  6. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    OK? I thought we are talking about the future here. There is a large market of households in GTA without cars. I think something like 1/3 of Toronto households have no vehicle. This trend is likely to keep increasing in the coming decades. Preparing our public infrastructure to accommodate that...
  7. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    It is not similar to Orangeville at all. The route is much better than that, for one. From a distance perspective, the route is probably better than even the competing roads to Collingwood. Finally, the community at the end of the line is not comparable to Orangeville at all. It is also a hub...
  8. wopchop

    Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY)

    Incredibly short sighted, but at least the ROW will be in tact. Collingwood is a very fast growing community, which will likely at least double in population in the next twenty years, with numerous amenities for tourism increasing the temporary population even moreso. Angus will also likely see...
  9. wopchop

    Doug Ford assured developers he plans to open up Greenbelt to housing development

    I never caught this before amidst the COVID explosion and lockdown. That really says it all doesn't it? Admission that Green Belt development is on the table.
  10. wopchop

    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    Except for the part where the weight limit isn't enforced for private vehicles and you can drive over the Brooklyn Bridge in a Tesla
  11. wopchop

    VIA Rail

    But why? They are getting paid good money already for just the words. Shovels are too much effort.
  12. wopchop

    Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY)

    Looks like there is room to me. Actualyl it looks like there may have even been a connection at some point.
  13. wopchop

    Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY)

    Seems incredibly short-sighted to close the line. One day, Orangeville & Dufferin county might find that a direct connection to Pearson and/or Toronto via rail is valuable. Between Orangeville and Shelburne, Dufferin is expected to grow pretty significantly over the next 20 years. Right now, in...
  14. wopchop

    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    Exactly right. But even now, the rail schedules are pretty good. Our business is very schedule sensitive (construction) and I already use rail Toronto to Vancouver, to ship full containers. It has four or six day transit depending in the service. Price is better than road, and the logistics...
  15. wopchop

    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413—Guelph to 400

    That statement is trotted out a lot as a strawman. First of all, the government would not need to spend $32b to purchase an ownership stake in the highway. The ownership of the highway lease is divided into 3-stakes and the government could in theory buy into that consortium. Personally, I...
  16. wopchop

    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413—Guelph to 400

    So which is it? Is the purpose of the 413 to provide a bypass of the GTA, or is it to serve new development? The Caledon/Brampton border is currently void of any significant development. Why does it need a 400-series 6-lane free-way for $6 billion? The development being proposed there would be...
  17. wopchop

    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413—Guelph to 400

    If the issue really is commercial traffic, and if the government had real balls and vision, they could simply implement tolls for commercial vehicles on the 401. The reason why industry prefers the 401 over the 407 is because of the cost differential. When the cost differential between...
  18. wopchop

    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413—Guelph to 400

    OK? But people are saying that we should look at this highway 413 as an investment in our futures - on horizons of 50 - 100 years. Using that same logic, should we also not look at the 407 as an asset that could and rightly should serve our future for the next 50 - 100 years? Are we supposed to...
  19. wopchop

    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413—Guelph to 400

    We already have a perfect bypass to the 401, and it allows any traffic to bypass the 401 and still access 427, 400, 404, and then rejoin the 401 beyond the GTA. It also directly serves a gigantic swath of commercial/industrial land through Brampton, Mississauga, Vaughan, Markham, and...
  20. wopchop

    Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 (nCoV-2019)

    Such bullshit. If I, or any construction worker in this city did something like this, we would go to jail. They will probably get off lightly just like Chair Girl.

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