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

    Im speaking conceptually. Sure, one could adapt to terrible service, but you'd eliminate it as an option before going because of that risk. At the end of the day if they wait between trains is longer than taking a cab the whole way I don't honestly see the point of the service. Yeah, the...
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    Toronto Union Pearson Express | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | MMM Group Limited

    This is terrible. Absolutely braindead stuff. As an added train it could make sense, but cutting the service from Bloor is totally goofy. At 30 minutes, if you miss a train you're in danger of missing your flight and the service becomes useless and unreliable. Not to mention how busy Bloor has...
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    Toronto Basin Media Hub | 21m | 5s | Hackman Capital Partners | SOM

    They're office buildings. They've got to go somewhere and its perfectly reasonable to say they should be accessible by transit or bike just like any other type of work. That said, in a location like the waterfront, some care should be taken to integrate it into an urban fabric. There is no...
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    West Don Lands: Block 9 (TDSB, ?s, ?)

    Not your best take. But, I'll admit, if Tokyo has a weakness it is in the parks department. It does have some of the most beautiful, well maintained parks I've ever been to, but they also have a lot of bad local parks that are fenced off at night and badly encumbered by anti homeless...
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    Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    A good project is a good project. The government, whoever it happens to be, shouldn't avoid necessary investment because of potential optics problems. I'm not HSR or bust, but characterizing it as "shiny" is probably selling short how much economic productivity is squandered on the unnecessary...
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    This is a key point, Toronto will likely bungle this, but it's also a place for optimism. It's disheartening to know a 2 billion dollar line will be slower than it has to be for no real reason, but along the same lines the solutions are (more or less) free and only require political will to make...
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    1485 Dupont Street, The Clock Factory (?,?,?)

    Yeah, this feels like it would be a net loss despite the desperately needed housing. It's not a remarkable building in any way, but it hosts so many small businesses that losing it in one fell swoop would immediately sanitize the community and make it a worse place to live. ...But this is the...
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    Thats very uncharitable. I read the OP as saying it's going to be a huge improvement over existing options despite its potential flaws. Another line that I was once a resident along is the St Clair street car. It could be MUCH faster with some simple operational improvements, and some stop...
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    Finch West Line 6 LRT

    I'm under the impression most of the problems are operational and could be fixed at little to no cost correct? With proper signal priority and removing most slow orders through intersections they could probably improve the average time by 15-20% no? I'm speculating, but the stop spacing is...
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    Toronto New Park at 229 Richmond West | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | Gow Hastings

    Love Park is a great design and I didn't grumble about it at any point. It's very simple and achieves all the goals a park should achieve. It also doesn't have a wall bifurcating it for no reason. There are fundamental problems with the park design here that bother me. The north side of the...
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    Toronto New Park at 229 Richmond West | ?m | ?s | City of Toronto | Gow Hastings

    I hate to pick on a specific project, but I really have a problem with these types of park designs. Parks are simple, and they don't need a bunch of stuff that looks flashy on a render to function well for the public, pixelated grass/hardscape surfaces included. Putting a giant walkway in the...
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    Toronto King-Liberty GO Station | 21.39m | 3s | Metrolinx | WSP

    The devil is in the details, but I think I like this might be better for the southern entrance. There appears to be surplus room on the rail overpass which would allow people in liberty village to access the station from the bridge. It's also more central to the density on that side of the...
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    VIA Rail

    I haven't ridden another train in the world where its necessary to line up or wait at all. You just scan a ticket on a fare gate and go to the platform. I'd assume VIA is rarely the logical travel option for most people, so I'm not sure they'd be aware that queuing is out of the ordinary. When I...
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    VIA Rail

    "Always better to be polite" followed by an even more inflammatory post, attacking the integrity of a respected UT community member, and YouTubers in general. The suggestions in the video are reasonable considering the vast array of things that could be done to improve rail transit in Canada. I...
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    VIA Rail

    I'm not sure what the point of this kind of inflammatory post is. Most of the critiques are contrasting VIA, or other systems with other systems in the world. VIA preforms very badly when compared to other inter city systems and is the worst inter city train I've ever been on. It doesn't require...
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    Transit Fantasy Maps

    Agreed, I also see the need for a higher order east/west transit line beyond the OL is necessary. I've just always felt there is a stopgap that could be achieved within a year for reasonable cost. Something that could work in tandem with GO to create more comprehensive transit for the coming...
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    Transit Fantasy Maps

    I'd also submit that there could be a very quick and dirty phase one (phase -1?) of this if city were to make permanent changes to the king priority infrastructure. The western part of this route could connect the high density Humber Bay to downtown with local service and would be very quick and...
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    Toronto East Harbour Transit Hub | 14.35m | 1s | Metrolinx | Metrolinx

    Here are some examples of stations that have chosen a different approach at street level. It wouldn't take much to liven up the south facing plaza given the eventual redevelopment of that land. I'm also concerned about how they plan on integrating the connection to the Broadview car. Examples...
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    Toronto East Harbour Transit Hub | 14.35m | 1s | Metrolinx | Metrolinx

    While the aesthetic downgrade is disappointing, the thing that really gets me is how abysmal the pedestrian experience is here. I've been to many stations that are architecturally bland, but deliver an interesting and enjoyable experience for the traveller.
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    VIA Rail

    I'm not sure I agree that the benefits are incremental. The two options are dramatically different. At a certain point there are diminishing returns, but the difference between 3hrs and 4.5hrs is monumental. That said, I'm sympathetic to the idea that an improved train system that exists is...

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