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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    The registration will be required to get your Transit Tax Credit forms and travel history at very least. If they're clever you will be able to load a transit pass onto the card (credit card as ID only, not necessarily payment). Odds are they'll move to a Virtual Presto Card (something held by...
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    Yes, both Apple and Google Pay are supported.
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    Metrolinx: Presto Fare Card

    During the UPX trial, both an unlinked and linked credit card paid the Presto fare rather than the Vending Machine (Cash) fare. I'm unsure what the long-term intentions are for fare pricing.
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    EMUs make sense for Metrolinx, but it's not Metrolinx that's making the decisions about rolling stock. ONxpress is making that decision and they've got a 25 year contract starting 2023. Reality is, if they replaced rolling stock for the core lines, nearly all of it would be under 20 years old...
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    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    I don't make TTC policy. I do agree they're highly risk-averse: there are many reasons but the main one is funding (they don't have enough money to be able to make mistakes). A discussion about it probably isn't right for this thread about Bloor-Yonge Capacity. I do want PSDs at Bloor/Yonge and...
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    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    Seriously? You're providing examples that back my statement that transit companies treat any change with caution. Paris modified Line 1 starting 2010 (along-side automation), but prototypes were installed on a small section of Line 13 (Saint-Lazare and Invalides stations) to monitor performance...
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    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    They're new to TTC staff, Toronto Fire, Toronto Police, EMS, and anybody else with people who would need to be trained on how to deal with the doors during non-standard operations (during fire, when doors fail open, when doors fail closed, when someone does get onto the tracks, pulling unruly...
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    Toronto | Rogers Centre Renovations | ?m | ?s | Toronto Blue Jays | Populous

    The old (pre-2018) roof wasn't very thick: The new roof sounds considerably thicker due to insulation:
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    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    The best argument is Bloor/Yonge is a terrible place to run an experiment where failure impacts service. The first PSD installation should be something like Highway 407 station as bypassing it impacts few customers.
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    In 2050? Absolutely. Any tech that can drive a car, truck, or bus through crowded streets (manufacturing is largely the issue for Cruise and Waymo now, not the tech itself) will be able to safely drive a passenger train too. A combination of lidars/cameras on the train, at level crossings, and...
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    Toronto | Rogers Centre Renovations | ?m | ?s | Toronto Blue Jays | Populous

    Rogers doesn't own the hotel, Larco Hospitality is the current owner. They've owned it since 1999. Larco also owns own the W Hotel on Bloor. A valuation is complicated because the hotel doesn't own the land it's on. IIRC, they pay an annual fee to the federal government independent of the...
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    GO Transit Fleet Equipment and other

    I agree that BiLevels will eventually be replaced but I'm not expecting that to occur during this 25-year operations contract. This contract has a very large construction component; every section of every GO corridor will be touched in some way. An operations/manitenance contract starting in...
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    VIA Rail

    Hyperloops, for people rather than cargo, will need to be extraordinarily straight (10km curve radius at the minimum > 500km/h). Hydro corridors often have very tight turns both horizontal and vertical. Also, falling electrical lines on a conductive metal tube may cause issues. In fact, they...
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    Toronto | Anne Street Student Residence - XOX (London) | 73.21m | 22s | York | zedd architecture

    Urban Toronto, Suburban Toronto, and Exurban Toronto.
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    81 Charles St E (Spicecart, 15s, ?)

    New owner. There's also a contractor sign for tailorbuild ( which looks like they mostly do high-end single-freehold housing.
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    Toronto | Mirvish Village (Honest Ed's Redevelopment) | 85.04m | 26s | Westbank | Henriquez Partners

    Crane coming off the western buildings (July 27th)
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    Toronto | Jarvis & Earl Place | ?m | 58s | Originate | Kirkor Architects

    While true for the offer the condo corporation receives, the developer can sweeten the deal on the side to ensure they get sufficient votes in favour.
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    Toronto | Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s

    A substantial budget increase too. Amalgamation showed us that the pay-scale for every employee in a role will be increased to match the highest paid people who have that role.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    That's great. Also, that's a lot of new drivers to train.
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    TTC: Automatic Train Control and Subway Platform Screen Doors

    I'm unsure about that specific point. I had understood the change from T1 to TR rolling stock change on Line 4 was primarily for ATC based runs on Line 1 to maintenance facilities, which T1s could not do.