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    Cycling infrastructure (Separated bike lanes headed downtown)

    Sooooo close! Medians, properly separated cycle tracks, even protected intersections! This is amazing. Only a few more small details to fix: - 2.1m sidewalks should be reduced to 1.8m (minimum AODA requirement) in favour of 2.0m cycle tracks - There's sometimes a weird buffer between the...
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    Roads: Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration (City of Toronto, UC)

    Would you rather walk, shop and eat there, or here? What about here? There's a reason there is essentially zero retail or restaurants facing Lake Shore/Gardiner.
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    Roads: Six Points Interchange Reconfiguration (City of Toronto, UC)

    Yes! This has to be the biggest failure of this project. Being next to a traffic sewer is just not pleasant - noisy, polluted, dangerous. No matter how nice North York Centre may be, King Street is just better, and the centers of Copenhagen or Amsterdam are even better. Attempting to build a...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    OK clearly I glossed over that post. But in any case, the arguments for OL vs RL and against ECLRT are completely different. ECLRT is using the wrong technology for its purpose. You pretty much never see low floor LRT used in long subway tunnels, especially when building a brand new line. Low...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    I did specifically mention that PSDs usually don't make sense on extensions, for several reasons. Usually if an existing line gets PSDs, the entire line gets them, not any extension. New lines are very clearly moving towards using platform screen doors however - Paris line 14/Grand Paris...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    Of course preventing suicides is preferable to building barriers to it. But, let's be honest, you can't prevent suicides 100%, and if somebody really wanted to do something like that, it would be preferable if they did it in such a way that it does not disrupt tens of thousands of other people...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Again, completely twisting others' words. How can you claim it's worth the cost savings while ignoring such a significant factor? I didn't even make such a claim in that post??? In contrast he claims the Crosstown LRT will be over capacity from day 1, and cost saving seem to be a non-factor...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    1. Capacity: The original post didn't even mention capacity. This is just putting words in others' mouths. The only things that should dictate capacity are demand and cost. 2. Speed: Please explain how a grade separated, above ground train is slower than a grade separated tunneled train. Is the...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    If a being more comfortable and faster than mixed traffic bus is our benchmark for our multibillion dollar transit projects, then we have really lost hope. Literally anything is more comfortable and faster than a mixed traffic bus. If "is it more comfortable and faster than a bus" is the "most...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    I think the point was that comparing metro/subway trains to mainline regional railways (i.e. Crossrail and Paris RER) are not fair comparisons. Compared to other subway trains, especially of Toronto-sized cities and metro systems, TTC trains actually are quite large. But frankly, this is not...
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    Crosstown LRT | Metrolinx

    Almost as if a massive area of parking lots, 6-lane roads, strip malls, and big box stores, like say, the Golden Mile, is not hideous…
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    VMC Future 3D Model/Rendering

    OK, I decided to add all the extra towers in those conceptual renderings/long term visions from RioCan, QuadReal, and SmartCentres, and I also added a couple of proposals that are stale/in limbo, and threw in some nicer graphics in the style of @steveve's amazing work. Only one angle for now...
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    Road Safety & Vision Zero Plan

    Wow this is actually incredible. Never thought I would see almost Dutch design guidelines for protected intersections in a North American city this soon. Almost all the protection guidelines are almost spot on, and it even talks about fully protected signal phases! Hopefully this spreads to more...
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    Roads: GTA West Corridor—Highway 413

    Neither of those numbers provides any useful information. Both only serve to as bad arguments to attempt to convince people who don't think, because 400 is a big number and 0.02 is a small number, without providing any context whatsoever. Playing tricks with numbers without providing...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    What other scenarios? Again, poor organization is not a justification for infrastructure. That hypothetical reversing service should not exist in the first place. Reversing services are slow and interfere with all through service on the same platforms (e.g. your hypothetical reversing service...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    "right, so let's invent a scenario where we allocate platforms in a way that introduces conflict, then use that as the reason why two extra tracks are needed to avoid the conflict that was caused by the poor platform allocation that we invented" Seriously? At least come up with a better...
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    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    I saw that too, but some of the font is so tiny it's barely readable, the colours are just awful, and the right side is still empty.... I guess it's better than before, *sigh* Image I found on Reddit for people that haven't seen it: Funnily enough, this is something that even YRT (although...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Really, electrified VIA rail trains are the most appropriate thing to tunnel, followed by express GO trains. If there are parallel services with different stopping patterns, the most express service is generally the most appropriate for tunnelling. The most expensive thing about tunnelling is...
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    TTC: Scarborough Subway Extension (formerly LRT replacement) (City of Toronto, Design Phase)

    Yesterday at Sheppard and McCowan, taken from a bus: some heavy equipment there including an excavator and what looks like a temp construction office. looks like some major excavation is starting (TBM launch shaft presumably)
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    VMC Future 3D Model/Rendering

    So I finally got around to updating my 3d model. Changes made since last time: - Festival Condos begun construction - Icona Condos seems dead so it's been removed, although something is definitely going to be built on that site at some point There's one proposal (185 Doughton) that I haven't...

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