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  1. ShonTron

    Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    You have some of that backwards. Highway 403 was planned before Square One was opened -- it was on the books since the 1960s, and Metro was going to connect with it via a new highway on what is now Eglinton Avenue in Etobicoke. That's a big reason why the mall is there, just like Yorkdale...
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    TTC Cartography, Signage, and Wayfinding

    I like the strip maps, but I am not a fan of two of the TTC's recent mapping/wayfinding changes: highlighting only streetcar routes, and adopting the same symbology for all express bus routes. There are many bus routes that run more frequently, quickly, and reliably than most streetcars. Why...
  3. ShonTron

    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    Three reasons: 1. the project was never completely finished. The fourth track, which would provide all the necessary track capacity without any conflicts, was never laid, though it has been roughed in. (Forget, for a moment, that the Japanese can run two-way local and limited stop services on a...
  4. ShonTron

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    The Ritson South GO station on the CN line is not horrible - it's not far from where the old CN station was, actually. It's a much easier connection to downtown by transit or by active transportation than the current station, though I'd really like the electrification to extend there, if by...
  5. ShonTron

    Toronto | Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    If the Kitchener Line had Lakeshore Line service hours and frequencies, it wouldn't be an issue. I also don't get removing the TTC co-fare. Isn't it a logical connection for airport commuters too at Bloor and Union Stations?
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    Cycling infrastructure (Separate bike lanes headed downtown)

    Yes, along with a bridge over Spadina Avenue, with a good interface with Simcoe to either go north, to the financial district, or south, to the Lake Shore path or the MGT on Queen's Quay. it should act like the Railpath, designed for cyclists, joggers and such. Painted lanes on Bremner are...
  7. ShonTron

    Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    Interesting. Laval University in Ste-Foy has a huge tunnel network that has remained accessible. Many of the tunnel walls are painted, many with Quebec nationalist themes. I think Carleton has an active tunnel network. It makes sense that York tried one as well, but totally understandable that...
  8. ShonTron

    Brampton: Centre for Innovation/Ryerson University

    I'll update this thread title to include the Centre for Innovation and related projects, such as the planned new bus terminal.
  9. ShonTron

    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo, U/C) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    All the Ottawa stations have their occupancy permits signed off now. I was in Kitchener-Waterloo on Saturday. Several trains were in operation, including one that was having open houses at a few stops for the public to meet staff, check out the interiors, and purchase EasyGO cards. The new 2019...
  10. ShonTron

    Hurontario LRT | Metrolinx

    That's all very interesting. I did not know that the 1989 office building above the bus terminal was in such bad shape, but it makes sense, given the amount of times the parking garage had to be repaired, closing the bus terminal. It's also interesting that the two older 1970s-era office...
  11. ShonTron

    King Street Pilot (Streetcar Transit Priority)

    Replace, or remove the streetcar tracks? I think the only sections of Adelaide that the TTC wants to hold on to is the very short segment into Charlotte Loop off Spadina, and between Victoria and Church, part of a short-turn the TTC can use for the 501 (such as during parades, marathons, and...
  12. ShonTron

    Toronto | Hospital For Sick Children: Patient Support Centre | 99m | 22s | Sick Kids | B+H

    Wow. That's quite the scaffolding. It's looking like it's going to be a very slow, deliberate demolition, which makes sense given the sensitive uses that surround this.
  13. ShonTron

    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Those look like reasonable improvements, with a somewhat more simplified route structure. Maybe Burlington Transit was waiting for the route restructuring to return to the south loop.
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    Provincial review of the Ontario Food Terminal

    The Ontario Stockyards (also a provincial agency, like the Food Terminal) were moved to Highway 89 near Cookstown. It's closer to Ontario's beef and pork country (basically the northwestern parts of Southern Ontario, like Grey-Bruce, parts of Wellington, Simcoe, and Dufferin Counties, etc.) but...
  15. ShonTron

    Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY)

    Southfields Village? Haven't heard of it. At most, the railway might be viable for passenger service as far north as Mayfield Road or Brampton Airport, where it is straight and close to Highway 10, but the plans are for improved bus service up to Valleywood, which would serve more people...
  16. ShonTron

    Orangeville-Brampton Railway (OBRY)

    Sadly, I think OBRY’s days are numbered. The town is less enthusiastic about owning the railway, despite the industry that still uses it. The Credit Valley Explorer was a wonderful ride (I did it three times) but I didn’t realize it was subsidized (rather than making a profit and subsidizing the...
  17. ShonTron

    Ontario Line Extension West of Ontario Place (Speculation)

    Metro started buying up houses on the corridor in the 1960s as a first step, but didn't do much else. Many of these were later managed by TCHC and were sold off during the Ford mayoralty.
  18. ShonTron

    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    Departing Boston on Air Canada is such a horrible experience. Luckily, Porter flies there too and their passengers aren't stuck in that tiny pen for Gates B1-B3.
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    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    Have you flown through the new Heathrow Terminal 2, aka the Queen's Terminal, and had to line up forever for immigration? I did that last year, even though I was coming off of Icelandair's Saga (Business) Class (which was otherwise great, and a pleasant surprise after we booked our trip). Though...
  20. ShonTron

    Spadina Subway Extension (TYSSE) | ?m | 1s | TTC | IBI Group

    Mississauga's policy and practice was to ensure the development of a city centre around Square One. It not only built its city hall there, but also its central library, a performing arts centre, and set aside land for the YMCA and Sheridan College. Scarborough did the same (though neither...