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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    The Oregon accident was because the train was going too fast near a corner. Cities all over the planet are already using Alstom Coradia with an excellent safety record. If this is an cheap excuse then single-level EMUs are not a non-option because Toronto is "special' and I can only guess that...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    The first hydrogen trains in Lower Saxony have been a success and the biggest proof is that Frankfurt has just decided to place an order for the same Alstom Coradia iLint hydrogen trains for it's non-electrified system. The trains will be articulated with seating for 160 passengers and the order...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Trolley buses work fine and are ideal in places like Vancouver where there are steep hills and the diesels are painfully slow. Trolley buses are also quiet although they do tend to jerk a lot so there are usually not as comfortable especially if you are standing. The trolley buses save a lot on...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I know that London already has hydrogen buses but if you note I said these were the first double-decker hydrogen buses in the world.
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    London has just announced that they have put in an order for ne hydrogen double-decker buses, the first in the world. Very importantly they are going to be using Vancouver based Ballard Power for their technology. Gasworld has just released a study that estimates that in Europe 1 in 5 new trains...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    What's the difference between that and doing what is done today carrying and storing volatile diesel & gas through a big metropolitan area?
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    I didn't know that but I was thinking more along the lines of long-range corridors like from Bruce to the GTA.
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    In the future when demand increases exponentially you will see pipelines being proposed. The good news is that they would probably be cheaper to build than most pipeline as I think Hydro would be open to the idea of using their Hydro ROW corridors for the pipelines. They don't want it now for...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Of course if it can be done at Bruce it could also be done at Pickering or Niagara. It's an excellent way making better use of the current Hydro infrastructure that already exists.
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Basically there are 2 ways to move hydrogen depending if it's compressed gas or liquified. If compressed it can be moved via pipelines {which would a huge infrastructure investment} or by truck. Liquid can be moved via truck with liquid containers. Both systems can also use rail. The fueling...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Saw an interesting report on CTV London that is pertinent. Bruce County and the Saugeen Native Reserve are teaming up to create a hydrogen production centre. They will take the excess power from the Bruce nuclear plant in the evenings/overnight and convert it to hydrogen power and will be kept...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    I don't think Ford could care less about the technology or whether it's LRT or not but rather if it interferes with road traffic. The Manila Metro actually uses LRT trains but is considered a Metro as it is completely grade separated. It's 31km primary line carries 500,000 passengers a day with...
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    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    Tunneling under a river is certainly more expensive than building a rail-only bridge but it's more than just cost. They can be built much faster and very importantly allow the tunnel boring machines to continue work on other sections simultaneously. I also wouldn't be surprised if they decide to...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    It's a shame Metrolinx didn't get the private sector involved with station development and construction from the very beginning. If they had been allowed to, all the stations would have been completed by now and they would be geared specifically for TOD development as the certainly wouldn't...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Using those cities as an analogy to Toronto is completely disingenuous and you know it. Those systems were electrified a 100 years ago. When they were built there were absolutely no electric alternative for a suburban type system. They were fully embraced as most went thru more industrial and...
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    GO Transit Electrification (Metrolinx, Proposed)

    Where there are just 2 tracks, the visual pollution from catenary is relatively small but when you have 4 or more tracks it can turn a rail corridor into looking like something akin to an industrial zone. If you think the downtown rail corridors are a psychological barrier to the Waterfront now...
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    Montreal to have the largest Subway system in Canada?

    Really embarrassing for Metrolinx and Toronto in general how Montreal can make a decision on routes and technology in 1 year and Toronto is still studying it 4 years after the fact.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    You are getting your systems mixed up. The Canada Line uses standard 3rd rail subways cars which are 3 meters wide. It is the Expo/Mill lines that use the thinner ART SkyTrain cars. Interestingly, the Expo/Mill have more than twice the potential capacity of the CL due to much larger potential...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    So after this big townhall, was technology or train types for RER mentioned as well as construction START times for the project?
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    Roads: Ontario/GTA Highways Discussion

    110 km/hr is the norm in Western Canada outside the core of the big cities even on non-freeway roads like HWY#1 on the Prairies and BC even has 120 on the Coquihalla. BC has however seen an increase in accidents since Krusty raised the limits but most of that has been on the Coquihalla/Okanagan...

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