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    VIA Rail

    Whether it's a plan, or just the collateral damage of the HFR planning outcome, I think it's likely that a VIA Rail Canada agency would cease to be sustainable as a freestanding agency once the Corridor operation is removed. This fact must be apparent and acceptable to the government as a...
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    VIA Rail

    This is true, although at some point a “service to nowhere” does become a talking point anyways. Once the issue becomes rhetorical, the number of zeroes loses significance. It’s all fat-cat government waste once the Sun gets a hold of it. To make a change, government has to announce a notional...
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    Road Safety & Vision Zero Plan

    In a perfect world, cyclists and pedestrians would each have their own separate pathways for the same reason that cars and cyclists (or cars and pedestrians) need physical separation - it’s safer and it somewhat reduces the cognitive challenge and ease of use of both. The challenge is simply...
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    VIA Rail

    I hadn't seen this document - thank you for posting. It's useful not only in the context of the Vancouver Island decision, but it's a very good format - it would be interesting to read it in the context of HFR, Peterboro GO, Niagara GO, or Kitchener-London GO - to consider what the story might...
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    VIA Rail

    Neither Ottawa nor the Province have rushed to put money in this one. I am certain that BC’s recent governments have all been sensitive to the highway-versus-car dilemma, and the decisions made to date were politically astute. For an island of supposed green-leaning hippies, Vancouver Islanders...
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    VIA Rail

    Be careful what you ask for. Suppose Ottawa leaned on CN to do better. CN’s respone would be - “OK, we will give priority to VIA over grain trains. But the annual grain throughput will be reduced by x%” Are we happy with that? The current performance standard is all that we are willing to pay...
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    VIA Rail

    Those who say “surely CN/CP can fit one or two trains per day on their busy freight lines” have a very outdated or unrealistic view of the current freight infrastructure. The problem in a nutshell is how to overtake a slower freight train. Meeting opposing trains is relatively benign. Even on...
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    VIA Rail

    Or a country where so much of its exports and imports travel so many miles by rail to reach their market. This is not to say we have the balance of public vs railway/shareholder interests exactly right - but it's a very complicated proposition with lots of moving parts. More simplistically, GO...
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    VIA Rail

    ^GO was unusually fortunate that the railways had corridors in the GTA that they no longer needed and were willing to sell. And even more fortunate that Toronto’s original rail system was built with spokes radiating from the city centre in so many directions. If one compares to say Ottawa, or...
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    Road Safety & Vision Zero Plan

    ^I don’t have a problem with any of your suggestions…. The biggest one for me is that a second offense ought to bring into question whether the individual deserves to be on the road over the long term. Thirty days impoundment is merely a clever inconvenience, but maybe some people just don’t...
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    In perfect, properly-connected world, one would expect ML and the City and CP to sit down all wearing "what's best for the public good" hats and say, look, moving to Leaside is doable but will add $XM to the cost - can you cover that for us? And somehow a solution would be worked out. That may...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Sure, replacing the track is a relatively straightforward task that railroads and contractors are knowledgeable and effective about. (Just bring money). But it assumes that what's underneath is solid and does not need restoration or modification. - Paul
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    A 1948 Employees' Timetable places the following speed restrictions on passenger trains between Glen Tay and Agincourt - 50 mph on curves between Glen Tay and Ronaldson - 55 mph on curve MP 63.55 (west of Tweed) - 60 mph on curves Ronaldson to Havelock - 60 mph on curves between Havelock and...
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    VIA Rail

    With GO coaches currently sidelined, and need for the full fleet likely years away, I can see plenty of room to reactivate a half dozen specifically for the Kingston and London "commuter" markets. Not ideal, but a shortstop until sufficient new Siemens trainsets are available. I would not want...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    All very true - the hourly operating cost of a lake boat is huge. By staging, I merely meant having a boat pause at the bridge for long enough for a train or two to pass. This does happen regularly already, in the absence of trains, just to have boats pass each other safely. But I agree, any...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    It’s not rocket science, but there are numerous steps and activities. To make an analogy, one doesn’t simply lay asphalt on top of earth and call it a highway. There has to be an underlying structure (various layers of granular material usually, but sometimes concrete in road construction) that...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Agreed. I get my back up when people want a discount on everything expensive in the name of “affordability”. In this case, imagine a family of four touring the Falls, riding the Maid of the Mist, visiting the Wax Museum, maybe dropping a few dollars at the casino, having a nice lunch at a...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    If it were my decision, I would run the added service to St Catherines only and figure out how to shuttle people from there. Might be hard with all the bikes, but it would solve some of the conflicts. I haven’t done a detailed look on the map, but even adding track is problemmatic because of...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I am actually pessimistic about ML’s options here. The problem for CN is that they are accustomed to running their two regular trains on this route (one each way) in the same morning slot as GO might covet…. and with the Maple Leaf returning, there is not much wiggle room. Both CN freights are...
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    The Coming Disruption of Transport

    I would argue the exact opposite. Sensing systems can already differentiate between a moose, a human, and a dog. And spot and assess any physical object that deviates from the known physical layout - eg a shopping cart or an auto abandoned on the tracks. Detection of track conditions, switch...

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