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  1. lead82

    YRT/Viva Construction Thread (Rapidways, Terminals)

    Beautiful new infrastructure. Who in their right mind would bike or walk on highway 7 where cars blast by at over 100km/hr and the posted limit is barely ever followed.
  2. lead82

    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Just look at how long it's taking to build the Viva lanes in York Region. These are much simpler road expansions without any rail installations and it's taken them 3-4 years to complete each project once construction actually starts. I also agree that the Eglinton Crosstown will not be open for...
  3. lead82

    Toronto | Manulife Centre Podium and Streetscape Renewal | 10m | 2s | Manulife Real Estate | MdeAS Architects

    I compare this to the Yonge/Sheppard Centre renovation, and this is fugly. The YS Centre reno is great. They made the podium white and painted the ugly grey office towers black to make a nice contrast. This is just a mess. It would have been better if they didn't do the renovation at all or kept...
  4. lead82

    TTC: St. Clair Streetcar Right Of Way

    Why does a route have to be crosstown to warrant LRT service? We don't need to make LRT service only on crosstown like routes. To me, it's a service quality and speed issue. St. Clair goes through mixed-income neighbourhoods and is the main street (commercial activity) and main thoroughfare in...
  5. lead82

    Ontario Line (was Relief Line South, in Design)

    We are already now, no need to wait. The subway is already mostly unreliable the majority of the time but it's being hidden by happy stats by the brain trust of the TTC. Nothing much will change. The limits of our transit capacity is what is driving growth downtown but also in the suburbs near...
  6. lead82

    Toronto | 2444 Yonge Street | 102m | 27s | Main and Main | Hariri Pontarini

    The podium looks alright. Densification among Yonge is inevitable. I agree that the current three storey buildings are charming, but this stretch already has chain and big box stores - Sporting Life, Gap, Sports Chek, Best Buy.
  7. lead82

    TTC: St. Clair Streetcar Right Of Way

    I drive and take the 512 on St. Clair. The ROW in my humble opinion was a great big missed opportunity by Millers administration. It could have demonstrated what a complete street looks like. St. Clair only needs one through lane with turning lanes. Bike lanes should have been added as part of...
  8. lead82

    North York City Centre (Yonge & Sheppard)

    I’m not sure convenience stores are that profitable but I agree they are useful but SDMs are huge and have large fixed costs that I’d imagine require high product turn over to be profitable. I guess there must be enough demand and density in NYCC to support 4. The Yonge/Finch one is super...
  9. lead82

    North York City Centre (Yonge & Sheppard)

    Yes it’s too many in one area. I wonder how they can be profitable. I have a Rexall and a Shoppers near my house and both are mostly empty stores that are not needed in the neighbourhood but they are there.
  10. lead82

    North York City Centre (Yonge & Sheppard)

    I’m amazed at how many Shoppers Drug Mary’s there are. There is one at each of the stations. Pretty saturated for pharmacy and cosmetics.
  11. lead82

    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    I accept that building public infrastructure is expensive. What I don’t accept is being fleeced by contractors and government lies when they put in huge contingencies and burn them through incompetence in delivery or through overbuilding (e.g. TYSSE, Viva, Mississauga BRT) infrastructure. It’s...
  12. lead82

    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    See that should be called out. I’d be fine with that inclusion but the public should know what’s included in those costs.
  13. lead82

    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    Even with all that you said I still don’t see $1B. Keep in mind that East Harbour would have been built without SmarTrack.
  14. lead82

    SmartTrack (Proposed)

    You are spot on. I don’t get why these 6 stations cost on average $150M each. They are above ground and require no tunneling or complex engineering. They really don’t need any bus terminals or parking garages. So why does a simple platform over two tracks with some shelter and basic amenities...
  15. lead82

    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    I don’t believe ATC will reduce headway’s or increase capacity much. It has the potential to sure but the TTC hasn’t procured new trains on line 1 or 2 that would be required to support additional capacity and reduced headway to 90 seconds as mentioned. The other limit is station capacity...
  16. lead82

    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    The latter. It’s a feature black wall.
  17. lead82

    Bloor-Yonge Station Capacity Enhancement

    I wonder if this 'improvement' is worth it in the long run or will it just ease the pain for a few years before the pent-up demand just fills the space. Is it worth spending $1B-$2B on just adding a new eastbound platform on Line 2? Or would that money be better spent on improving the...
  18. lead82

    Roads: Roundabouts

    We need more of them in the GTA and Ontario. Rural areas where we have country roads and traffic lights are just non-sensical when a simple round-about would have done the job. In the city, I'd get rid of all 4-way stop signs and replace them with roundabouts in the residential areas. That plus...
  19. lead82

    Toronto | Royal Ontario Museum | ?m | ?s | Daniel Libeskind

    The seating area looks like concrete. Would have looked a lot nicer if they kept the granite seating - would look more rich and modern than the dull grey concrete. A few nice high-end benches for seating would have been a good addition. This improvement is underwhelming.
  20. lead82

    TTC: Yonge North Subway Extension (Finch-Richmond Hill) (Unfunded/Planned)

    Petitions are meaningless these days. The only thing that works is broad and loud protests and large campaigns to scare politicians of their reelection chances. Right now Ford is sitting pretty as he had 3 years to fix his honeymoon mistakes.