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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    For a long time, GO has felt that only a single subway connection on each line was sufficient. And with the connection at Kipling, another one at Bloor wasn't required in their mind. Now, however, there simply isn't enough room to allow for platforms on the Milton Line. Dan
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Protection. The train now operates so far away from GO's core network that there is a legitimate concern that should the train crap out that it would take several hours to source the buses to rescue the passengers. A second locomotive added to the consist should ensure that only in the most...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    If you take a look at the byline for each, you'll see that there's a reason for that. Dan
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    General railway discussions

    GO bought the line from Snider to Bradford in 1997 - at that time, that's where they ran their trains to. The line north of Bradford was purchased by Barrie and the other municipalities along the line, and officially announced on December 1, 1998. Metrolinx didn't buy it from them until 2006...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    It is absolutely a barrier. The 2006 project would have removed much of the trackage from the North American network. That would have resolved any potential equipment issues - and why they were able to order off-the-shelf rolling stock. Dan
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    Because the tracks that the Trillium Line run on are still regulated by Transport Canada and part of the North American railway network. As such, there are certain standards that the vehicles must maintain - and the Alstom vehicles (in their current form) are not capable of achieving this. Dan
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    No, this is what happens when you get an organization so focused on one, highly specific thing or metric - On-Time Performance - that everything else ends up going down the shitter. Dan
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    You could start by questioning the size requirements that Metrolinx has laid out. They want a facility that is substantially bigger than the current Greenwood Yard. And so the question that should be asked is: why does it need to be so massive? Site 3 in the graphic is an entirely industrial...
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    General railway discussions

    Metrolinx didn't exist when the line was up for abandonment. And it wasn't even the Provincial Government of the day that bought the section that ended up being kept - it was the municipalities along the line. Dan
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    Because it hugely complicates things that are required under the current (and past) collective bargaining agreements. Things like where operators start and end service, coffee and/or lunch breaks, etc. Dan
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    It's both. What do you think is a better use of time - buying an installing an off-the-shelf part and installing it, or having to make one? This is why older transit vehicles get retired when they do - the parts become hard to come by and in some cases need to get made. Take, for instance, the...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    While there was more than a little bit of sarcasm in my statement, the truth is that there is more than a bit of reality to it, too. The TTC, and other transit agencies too, do many bespoke parts all of the time. The problem is that from a cost-benefit point, it is hugely resource intensive to...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The first stage of the cut-over - the Cherry Tower - was supposed to be November of last year. But obviously that didn't happen. At this point, I have no clue as to when it is all scheduled to occur. They're still installing new signals and running wires, so I suspect that it's some time away...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Trains are currently allowed 45mph on the east side of the USRC heading outbound, 30mph heading inbound. This is from the ladders east to the Don. Trains are limited to 30mph on the west side of the USRC until the subdivisions start, which is a couple of hundred meters east of Bathurst. The...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    The military has an almost infinite budget. We do not afford such things to public transit. Dan
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    It would have been impossible to completely double-track the line in the time - and budget - that was allowed. It would have required a huge amount of investment as there are numerous structures that are preventing it. It's much easier to build a double-track on a greenfield alignment where...
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    VIA Rail

    Yes......and no. There are still cars being done internally at MMC and by CAD. But there seems to be no movement on getting the cars done that were supposed to be rebuilt by Bombardier. Dan
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    There are absolutely geometry issues that will come into play - both horizontal and vertical. Structures, too. I'm not for a second suggesting that 95/100 isn't attainable - but getting there will likely be a whole different scale of expenditure versus simply fixing up the line to where it was...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    You can query the card on a refill machine without actually doing any other functions. That may be your best bet. Dan
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    They didn't last long because they were already old by the time they got to Toronto - they had run for about 18 years in Montréal by that point. As for maintenance, they were the exact same underneath - save for the slight change in location for the gear shift, and the rear door actuation - as...

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