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  1. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    I'd say it is. On the whole, factoring all the evidence and effects of varying weather phenomena, that OCS is less reliable than third rail. One is rigid robust and tucked away, the other is exposed elevated and inherently weaker. And it's the latter that suffers more and results in lesser...
  2. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    For intercity or longer-haul overhead is effectively the only option for electrified rail. Can't have third rail at level crossings or around people at that grade, and carrying long distances overhead is superior. Whereas OL is a subway and thus not relevant. The underground portions now...
  3. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    I never said never. I said less. Because it is less reliable. And I have provided evidence in the past, which is why I can make the claims - those being that OCS is uglier, less reliable, and costlier than 3rd rail..
  4. 44 North

    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    my gosh this project has dragged on too long. Beyond bad and countless black eyes for Metrolinx. Definitely a lot of noise when TYSSE went months late. Surprised not as much noise when it's Crosstown being many years overdue.
  5. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    Monteal's REM already getting shutdowns due to snow removal from pylons. Overhead power supply: costs more, ugly, less reliable. Makes you wonder why OL won't use third rail.
  6. 44 North

    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    Exactly. Upload it, then download it, then neglect it. And the west perversely upgraded to subway standards - which somehow will carry fewer riders and defies their core mantra about building things affordably. And even that's been split into a phased sometime whenever project. Eglinton...
  7. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    Interesting, the pantographs were omitted. Clearly the animators and media relations people want to show something sleek clean and modern. Naturally a panto - and the accompanying masts and wires - makes for a clunkier and less graceful subway.
  8. 44 North

    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    The "either way" is comparing to TYSSE, the last subway project. Grandiose, costly, over time. We couldn't think it could get worse, nay this was supposed to be so much better. But this is worse.
  9. 44 North

    Toronto Crosstown LRT | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx | Arcadis

    bit my tongue on the construction/dbf aspect for too long. this project has dragged to the point it's an embarrassment on a provincial scale. "we're taking over transit because we'll build it faster, cheaper, better". #fail #fail #fail. The centrepiece of the Prov's grand transit plan, cut short...
  10. 44 North

    Problematic Park Design - Why Some Parks Don't Work

    This sand feature has got to be one of the coolest free things for kids in the city. I only discovered it recently, and my kid is a tad bit too old to fully enjoy it. I only wish we knew about it before. A true hidden gem. Building rivers and dams and bridges...child me would've been in heaven.
  11. 44 North

    Danforth Line 2 Scarborough Subway Extension

    ah so glad for UT and posts such as this. Exactly what i came for. So we more or less know what happened, not so much why. I guess in a couple months we'll find out.
  12. 44 North

    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Good metric: ridership/km. Or, ridership per km divided by the frequency.
  13. 44 North

    Toronto GO Transit: Davenport Diamond Grade Separation | ?m | ?s | Metrolinx

    Love elevated infrastructure. But broadcasting the diesel's roar like that...ouch. How long until the line is fully electric? Sort of thought RER was more or less to coincide with this project's completion.
  14. 44 North

    General railway discussions

    In the 90s they ran those GO trains even beyond Havelock, up the Nephton Sub to the mine. It may've happened just once not sure. But they should bring it back. Pretty wild up there, good for city folk to experience.
  15. 44 North

    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    Interesting. I actually didn't know that. I thought dog sprays were legal and it was bear spray that was quasi-controlled. And I also didn't know knives were illegal. But are they? What about an Olfa knife? Super handy and I've carried one for years never for self defense purposes.
  16. 44 North

    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    To be fair we're at a point where I'm beginning to lose track of the unprovoked homicides and attempted murders on the TTC. It used to a be big deal. Now it's coming across as almost a regular occurrence. It shouldn't come across as Goetz-esque when we're talking about ones own physical safety...
  17. 44 North

    TTC: Other Items (catch all)

    Anyone else carry a knife and pepper spray when they take the subway?
  18. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    Can't agree here. They gotta look sharp from the outside. Not saying these don't just focused on your post. Look at GO a few years ago. Drab faded kelly green, old locos. If it looks like that on the outside, how does it look on the inside: says the person opting for another mode. You want to...
  19. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    Certainly merit in using a slimmed down vehicle. More articulations is good too. Arguing the merits of TTC gauge and standard is useless tho. It's so minor it makes virtually no difference. In the end TTC gauge is probably a bit more optimal. Pantos there are a few drawbacks for a line like this.
  20. 44 North

    Toronto Ontario Line 3 | ?m | ?s

    Definitely people falling for marketing. Seeing posts that "light tech" has more capacity, which doesn't make sense on a couple of fronts. Also seen pantographs give more capacity, again nonsense. Here's another marketing line - OL is longer! Considering the scope of the predecessor was...

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